News & Events-Frazer-Nash leads industry consortium in supporting MOD in procurement of Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability tankers

A consortium of companies, led by international engineering consultancy Frazer-Nash, has been awarded a contract to support the delivery of new Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker ships, as part of the MOD's Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) programme.

The MOD has a requirement for a number of tanker ships that can effectively and efficiently replenish and sustain the Royal Navy.  The new vessels will be double hulled to reflect the need to comply with International Maritime Organisation

Frazer-Nash and its partners - SeaTec UK Limited, Babcock Marine & Technology, Atos Consulting and LSC Group - will be providing Afloat Support Shipping Engineering and Technical Services to the MOD's Afloat Support Project Team. This will initially involve an extensive range of engineering services to assist the project team in the review of  proposals from five bidding companies.  The tasks include naval architecture, safety management and analysing through life costs.

Robin Boulby, MARS Tanker Team Leader said " I am delighted that Frazer Nash and their partners have been selected to provide technical and project management support to the delivery of MARS Tankers. The skills and competences this team provides will be essential in supporting the MOD in delivery of double hulled tankers. The contract is an enabler to improved delivery performance whilst also fulfilling activities by drawing on skills and expertise from industry. 

Pat O'Shaughnessy, Business Manager for Surface Ships at prime contractor Frazer-Nash, added: "This is a significant contract for Frazer-Nash and our partners and we are proud to be supporting the MOD on such an important programme. The MOD will benefit drawing from the formidable pool of expertise that is on offer.

The vessels are the first element of the MOD's MARS programme. As part of the project, five bidders have submitted proposals for the requirement  The Afloat Support Shipping Engineering and Technical Services contract awarded to Frazer-Nash and its partners is initially for one year.