Published on February 24, 2015

BAE Systems contract to support River Class Batch 2 programme

Contract signed with BAE Systems Naval Ships for the supply of rudder, deck and mooring equipment.

World leading marine products and services supplier, Fendercare Marine, is proud to announce the signing of a new significant contract with BAE Systems Naval Ships. The contract is for the provision of rudder blades, rudder stocks, sleeves/liners for rudder stock, anchors, chain and deck equipment for three new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the UK Royal Navy.

“The selection of Fendercare Marine by BAE Systems to support them in this important programme for the Royal Navy, further underlines the industry’s recognition in our abilities to provide a quality and ‘value for money’ service and approach to defence contracts,”

said Brett Ward, defence project sales manager, Fendercare Marine.

Production of the new offshore patrol vessels commenced in October 2014 at BAE Systems’ facility in Govan, Glasgow. The 90 metre OPV is based on a proven BAE Systems design which is already in service with the Brazilian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy. Engineers at BAE Systems have modified the design, ensuring it meets the requirements of the Royal Navy in support of UK interests both at home and abroad.

Fendercare Marine was chosen for this contract based on its past experience working with BAE Systems and its track record of working on the Amazonas class vessels.

Fendercare Marine has been a supplier of fenders and marine hardware to the MOD since 1999 and also supports navies throughout the world, winning a $29 million contract with the US Navy in 2012. Fendercare Marine also recently received praise for its fendering support to a flotilla of NATO warships in the Port of Cardiff during the NATO summit.

From a base in the Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth, their Naval Solutions division provides fabrication, welding and coating services for the MOD, having worked on nuclear submarines, warships and naval support vessels. 

The new OPVs will include a modified flight deck capable of operating the latest Merlin helicopters, larger stores and more accommodation for embarked troops. The first of the class is expected to be delivered to the Royal Navy in 2017, with Fendercare Marine due to complete its elements by the end of 2015.