7 Oct 2018
RFA Argus at AP Falmouth dusk 4

A&P Group has secured a £239M Future In-Service Support (FISS) contract from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the Bay Class vessels - RFA Mounts Bay, RFA Cardigan Bay and RFA Lyme Bay as well as RFA Argus and Ocean Survey Vessel HMS Scott.

The ten-year In-Service Support contract will see A&P Group build on its long-standing relationship with the MoD and provide global maintenance support to these vessels.

The contract will be delivered by A&P Falmouth, which is already recognised as a centre of excellence for the through-life support of RFA Argus and the Bay Class vessels. A&P Group will now maintain four RFAs vessels and one Royal Navy vessel from Falmouth. This contract will assist A&P Falmouth in making a significant contribution to the local marine sector and Falmouth economy.

Mr John Syvret CBE, Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic and Peninsula Marine Services said: "I am proud of the entire Falmouth management team and workforce on being awarded this prestigious contract, which allows the company to continue to build on the exceptional service delivered to our customer the Royal Fleet Auxiliary over many years, and will underpin the A&P Falmouth business for the next decade to come".

David McGinley, Managing Director of Atlantic and Peninsula Marine Services said: “Securing the new FISS contract is testament to our team’s unique understanding of the RFA’s requirements and is the result of a collaborative relationship with the MoD that has always been based on shared objectives. As a competitive and commercial ship yard, we will continue to provide the MoD with significant efficiency gains and cost-savings under the terms of this contract.

“We are proud of our ten-year partnership with the MoD’s Commercially Supported Shipping organisation and the achievements we have delivered to date, which include maintaining the highest level of vessel availability and delivering audited efficiency savings to the MoD. We look forward to building on this further in the years to come.”

To date, A&P Group has carried out eight major refits and 117 maintenance packages on RFA ships, completed 39 overseas work packages and managed and installed more than 500 alterations and additions packages - all delivered 100% on time to the MoD.

The contract forms part of a wider £1bn deal that will secure hundreds of jobs at shipyards right across the country, announced by Defence Minister Stuart Andrew today. The deal covers 17 ships and will improve how spares, repairs and maintenance work are carried out.

Defence Minister Stuart Andrew said: “This £1bn deal secures work for some of our world-leading shipyards into the next decade, supporting over 700 jobs for workers to ensure our ships remain at sea to defend the nation. This vital work is not only great news for our Navy, but also underlines the importance of defence to our national skills and prosperity.”