Harland & Wolff has now formally signed the manufacturing subcontract with Navantia UK for the £1.6 billion Fleet Solid Support ship project.
Under the terms of the subcontract, Harland & Wolff will be responsible for delivering works worth around £700 million – £800 million through the life of the programme. Bath-based BMT will receive fees for their design work but it can be assumed that the remainder of the contract value will go to Navantia, S.A., S.M.E. The Spanish company will construct the complex propulsion blocks of the first ship at least, as well as provide the majority of the expertise and technology transfers that will underpin the project.
The works will last seven years and will commence in 2023 and continue until 2031. H&W will be responsible for the fabrication of various blocks including some of the ‘mega blocks’ (blocks incorporating several standard-sized blocks) as well as the procurement of a number of items of equipment to be installed on each vessel in Belfast.