News & Events-Frazer-Nash to continue providing support to the MoD's MARS programme

Frazer-Nash has announced that it is to continue to lead a team of five companies 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 announcement comes following the contract award by the MoD earlier this year to Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) as the winning bidder for the MARS Tanker.

The MoD has a requirement for four new 200 metre tanker ships that can efficiently replenish and sustain the Royal Navy, and the planning assumption for service entry for the first of these vessels is mid-2016.

Since 2011 Frazer-Nash, along with Babcock, LSC, SeaTec and Atos Consulting has provided the MoD under the Afloat Support Shipping Engineering Technical Services (ASSETS) contract with a range of specialist services to assist the MARS project team.

During the design and build phases of the project, Frazer-Nash when, required by the MoD, will provide specialist support to help ensure that the design fully meets the contract specifications.  Specialist support includes environmental, safety, supportability and analysis of potential engineering design issues.

Paul Havron, ASSETS Programme Manager and Surface Ships Business Manager at Frazer-Nash said, "Throughout our involvement with MARS we have been able to call on expertise from within Frazer- Nash, our wider ASSETS team or when required from other specialist consultancies from around the world."

Pat O'Shaughnessy, Senior Business Executive at the company, said, "We are delighted to be continuing work with the MoD on such an important project. Over the past year we have developed a unique understanding of the project and the requirements of the MoD, and have given our client access to a team which when required will help to ensure success during the design and build phases of the MARS Tanker project."

The new MARS Tankers are part of a multi-billion pound investment program for the Royal Navy, which includes Type 45 destroyers, Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers and Astute Class attack submarines, employing thousands of people in the UK.