Providing wet blast facilities for Defence Support Group

Contract win provides further evidence of the close working relationship between Fendercare Marine and defence organisations.

Fendercare Marine has announced the signing of a major new contract with Defence Support Group (DSG). The three-year framework agreement is for UK wide sub-contracted general engineering services for blast-cleaning on items such as AM2 helipad matting.

The Defence Support Group provides assembly, maintenance, repair, overhaul, upgrade and support services for the UK Armed Forces including current and future MOD equipment acquisition and support strategies. In December 2014, Babcock International purchased the Defence Support Group in a deal worth £140 million. The deal included a ten-year contract with Babcock to maintain, repair and overhaul the British Army’s vehicles and light weapons, including Challenger tanks and Warrior armoured vehicles, which carry infantry soldiers into combat.

The wet blast facilities are provided through Fendercare Marine’s subsidiary company Blastgreen who design, develop and manufacture wet blast cleaning equipment for sale, hire and service. Its wet blast machines do not use chemicals or toxic abrasives but instead use a combination of water and natural, environmentally friendly media - Olivine and Garnet. The water and media are combined and applied in minimum quantities ensuring the blast jet is easily contained, with a minimal dust cloud and very little waste.

Brett Ward, defence project sales manager commented;

“We are delighted to have been selected by DSG for the provision of their blast cleaning requirements. Following on from our recent contract agreement with BAE Systems for equipment to supply their OPVs, this just demonstrates the breadth of quality products and services that Fendercare Marine can deliver.”

Blastgreen’s wet blast service has proved a popular and versatile addition to the Fendercare Marine portfolio of services. Blastgreen was originally purchased by the Group for use with boat builders and marinas due to its excellent performance coupled with its environmentally friendly “green” credentials. However, the versatility of the Blastgreen service soon became apparent with contracts being secured for wet blast facilities at airports, the London underground and for white line removal on the country's roads. Fendercare also uses wet blast facilities on many of its underwater operations – proving it effectiveness both above and below the water.

Fendercare Marine has been a supplier of services including 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. Earlier this year, Fendercare Marine announced a significant new 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.