Major win means jobs are secure

DIRECTOR Tony Collins
DIRECTOR Tony Collins
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AN engineering firm has won one of the most significant contracts in its history.

BMT Reliability Consultants Ltd, based in Fareham, will be responsible for the design, maintenance, training and support of the Royal Navy’s Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability tanker project.

The contract is worth £452m, though that will be spread around the BMT Group as a whole and South Korean shipbuilders Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering.

The announcement means RCL is now recruiting for more staff, both experienced engineers and graduates from the local area.

RCL’s business development director Tony Collins said: ‘It’s one of the most significant opportunities that the company has had in its history.

‘We’re excited about it, we’re aspiring to grow because of it and we see this as a fantastic opportunity to show people what BMT RCL is doing and to encourage people to work for us and for us to find people jobs for the future.

‘This gives job security for the people who already work here – it’s fantastic for them as well. It’s win after win after win.’

The project has already started, and will be complete by the end of 2013.

The Mars tankers are designed to restock fighting ships with food, water, fuel and ammunition, as well as helping to supply troops on the ground and naval aircraft on deployment.

They needed to be upgraded after legislation was introduced which meant they had to be double-hulled for safety.

Between 10 and 12 people from BMT RCL’s workforce of 45 will be working on the project from Fareham.

‘The bit that’s particularly exciting and important is it shows BMT’s willingness to team up internationally with the right partners to deliver a cost-effective platform to the MoD,’ added Mr Collins.

The contract to build the Mars tankers was awarded to Daewoo in February.

It caused controversy as it was revealed then that no British firm had put in a bid for the work.