The Contract Notice for the Defence Marine Service ‘Next Generation Programme’ is live.

The In Port contract includes a Vessel Replacement Programme for 36 vessels and the delivery of marine services to the 3 Royal Navy dockyard ports. More info here.

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Promotion of UK shipyard capabilities lands Harland & Wolff £8.5m Ship build contract

Great to have worked with the team at Cory to help identify UK partners and shipyards that could best support their significant investment and commitment to the UK.

During 2021, National Maritime engaged with Cory regarding the building of barges and solid steel waste containers and were asked to facilitate introductions via our UK maritime network.  Our purpose was to promote UK shipyard capabilities and help retain this work for UK yards.

Following an EOI by John Wood to our CEO and further meetings with Harland & Wolff, it is fantastic to see that they have been awarded an initial contract worth approximately £8.5 m for the fabrication of eleven barges. The barges will be used by Cory to transport London’s recyclable and non-recyclable waste on the River Thames.

Fabrication will take place at Harland & Wolff’s Belfast site, with first steel being cut within approximately eight weeks’ time. The programme schedule allows for four barges to be built in tandem, with the entire build programme ending around mid-2023. Fully fabricated barges will be sequentially delivered to Cory on the River Thames.

National Maritime is the UK’s largest maritime network. Our objective is to drive trade and growth for all. There are 912 supporting partners that subscribe to our services. 73% of these are involved in shipbuilding and ship repair, marine engineering, ports and logistics.

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Another great success story for UK SME Maritime Working Group Champions & NSS Progress Board partners

Another memorable milestone in Scottish shipbuilding history as National Maritime SME Working Group Champions Dales Marine Services Ltd hands over vessel to its owner.

The first vessel launched at the shipyard in over 33 years. Exciting times lie ahead at Dales Marine Shipyard in the shipbuilding industry.

Dales Marine Services Ltd are leading partners of the UK Shipbuilders & Shiprepairers – National Shipbuilding Strategy Progress Board whose objective is support and monitor the delivery of the UK government refreshed National Shipbuilding Strategy n National Shipbuilding Office.

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Royal Navy support vessels tender threatens new shipbuilding strategy

There are concerns from executives, unions and analysts over the UK government’s approach towards the £1.5bn competition to build three Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ships.

The controversial tendering process has already seen the UK Ministry of Defence flip-flop over the classification of the vessels, while those involved said the government’s approach to the programme risks undermining stated ambitions to provide a steady stream of work at British yards.

The MoD initially put the tender for the vessels, which will supply the Navy’s aircraft carriers with equipment, ammunition and food so that they can stay at sea for extended periods, out to international competition, in 2019. The ships were reclassified as warships last year, which should have meant that they would be built in the UK.

However, last September, the government published the list of the four consortiums that had been awarded £5mn contracts to develop their bids. The list included businesses based in India and the Netherlands, alongside British defence heavyweights BAE Systems and Babcock International Group, which are part of a consortium dubbed “Team UK”. Then, some of the members of the four consortiums were recently told that indicative proposals were “too high” and to “go back to the drawing board”, three people familiar with the situation confirmed.

Formal bids are due to be submitted this summer, with the contract awarded next spring. The Defence Industry Group at the Prospect union, said bidders were specifically told to take out the costs to make the ships in the UK and to “put them abroad”.

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UK Shipbuilders & Shiprepairers to Support & Monitor Progress of the National Shipbuilding Refresh to Ensure Promises are Upheld

With the launch of the UK’s National Shipbuilding Strategy refresh now imminent, leading shipbuilding and ship repair partners of the UK’s largest maritime network, National Maritime have formed the UK Shipbuilders & Shiprepairers – National Shipbuilding Strategy Progress Board.

As a leading voice towards government, the board’s objective is to support and monitor the delivery of the UK Governments refreshed National Shipbuilding Strategy, which includes a multi-billion pound vessel pipeline due to be built over the next 30 years

Led by the expertise of the groups SME Maritime Working Group Shipbuilding and Repair Champions; The SMS Group | Ship Repair | Marine Interiors | Marine Engineering | SC SQEPDales Marine Services Ltd and Macduff Ship Design Ltd., supported by the National Maritime secretariat, the progress board will work with the UK government National Shipbuilding Office (NSO) to support the drive for transformative change to empower a globally successful, innovative and sustainable shipbuilding enterprise that works for all UK maritime SMEs.

With UK maritime SMEs playing such a significant part in the economy, it is vital that their needs are supported, and growth is enabled and encouraged.

The progress board will actively use its engagement with the NSO, UK Ministry of Defence and Government departments including the HM TreasuryUK Home OfficeCabinet OfficeDepartment for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)Department for Environment, Food and Rural AffairsFCDO Services and the Department for Transport (DfT), United KingdomDepartment for International Trade (DIT) and Department for Education, as well as the Devolved Administrations, to continually showcase the supply chain flexibility and capability of the entire UK maritime sector.

The board will seek to review, monitor the progress and delivery of the strategy to ensure that its promises are upheld.

Not since the closure of the UK shipbuilders and shiprepairers trade association, the SSA UK, has the UK shipbuilding and ship repair sector voice been heard collectively. This progress board will help drive trade and growth for all and give a bigger voice for UK maritime SMEs.

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Govt refuses to back UK shipbuilding despite Russian invasion

The UK government’s refusal to guarantee UK ships will be built in UK yards in the forthcoming National Shipbuilding Strategy despite Russian vessels bombarding a sovereign European nation has been criticised by GMB in a letter to the Defence Secretary.

The UK Ministry of Defence told the Defence Select Committee it will ‘not provide a guaranteed pipeline of work for UK yards’ when the refreshed Shipbuilding Strategy is published. 

In a letter to Ben Wallace MP, the union urges the Secretary of State for Defence to ‘think again and overturn your department’s damaging policy on this matter.’ 

Gary Smith, GMB General Secretary, said: 

“The timing of the MoD’s refusal to back UK shipbuilding could hardly be worse.

“Defence jobs are being slashed across the board while Russian vessels bombard the shores of a sovereign European nation. 

“The threat of war is not abstract. We are an island nation – our shipbuilding and ship repair sectors are essential to our national security. 

 “We urge the Secretary of State to think a gain and overturn his damaging policy – starting with the Fleet Solid Support competition, worth more than £1.6 billion to the UK economy.”

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Home Shipbuilding Credit Guarantee Scheme – Seeking views from Vessel operators & buyers, UK Shipyards, Lenders & Brokers

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have announced a further survey to assist the UK Government’s research into what other financing options exist in the ship building market.

As part of our continued efforts to support UK shipbuilding and the wider maritime SME supply chain we are encouraging all relevant National Maritime partners to respond to the survey before the 14th February deadline.

The Home Shipbuilding Credit Guarantee Scheme (HSCGS) will be a UK government backed guarantee at a market-oriented price for the purchase of UK ships by UK buyers. Stakeholders are being invited to complete this survey to assist the UK Government’s research into what other financing options exist in the ship building market, where there may be a market gap and demand for a UK Government guarantee scheme.  

They are seeking views and information from four key stakeholder groups:

Vessel operators and buyers
UK Shipyards

Complete the survey here :

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UK Ministry of Defence work propels sales and profits at North East ship builder

Increasing military projects have propelled profits and turnover at North East ship builder A&P Group Limited

Turnover at the company – which has a shipyard at Wagonway Road in Hebburn, South Tyneside, as well as facilities at Falmouth, in Cornwall – rose from £74.5m to £88.5m, while operating profit rocketed from £1.63m to £4.88m.

Well done to David Mc Ginley and team for continuing to confirm that A&P remain one of the premier ship building and repairing, ship conversion and marine engineering businesses in the UK.

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Queen’s Award for International Trade for The Wight Shipyard Company

The Wight Shipyard Co , the UK’s leading specialist manufacturer of aluminium marine craft, based in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for International Trade in recognition of its work to increase British exports.

A home-grown British marine manufacturing success story, the Wight Shipyard Company builds high-speed passenger ferries, tourist vessels and commercial workboats for the windfarm support vessel market, both domestically and internationally. The company was formed by leading entrepreneur Sir Charles Dunstone and business partner Peter Morton in 2016 with a bold vision to restore the UK’s shipbuilding business.

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