Harland and Wolff in Belfast and Babcock at Rosyth have been invited to compete for a contract to provide drydocking facilities for the Queen Elizabeth class carriers over ten years.
According to the contract notice, the requirement is to provide up to three dry dockings for the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers over the next ten years, in order to undertake maintenance and repair activities.
There will also be a requirement to provide a facility for any emergency dockings that may be required.
The Request for Information states:
“This requirement is open to UK-based companies only. Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers are the biggest and most advanced warships ever built for the Royal Navy. The fleet consists of HMS Queen Elizabeth (QNLZ) commissioned in December 2017 and HMS Prince of Wales (PWLS) commissioned in December 2019. The vessels will be utilised by all three branches of the UK Armed Forces and providing eight acres of sovereign territory. Both ships are versatile enough to be used for operations ranging from high intensity conflict to providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) Naval Ships Support (NSS) Team based at Abbey Wood in Bristol manage the in-service support of the Queen Elizabeth Class warships (QEC) and the NSS team has a requirement to provide dry dockings of two aircraft carriers: QNLZ and PWLS over the next 10 years. The NSS Team will look to ensure competition and value for money are achieved and the successful bidder will be required to deliver all requirements under the Contract throughout the planned duration.
The scope will include three formal dockings (QNLZ 1, PWLS 2) over a period of 10 years and the dockings will include, but not be limited to, the following activities: Complete Lloyd’s Register (LR) Hull survey and revalidation; Complete LR survey of underwater appendages, including:
Rudders, Shafts and A-brackets, Plummer bearings and shaft removal, Sea Inlet Boxes and Sea Tubes; Complete LR survey of Anchor, chain and cables; Removal and replacement of underwater valves; Inspection and replacement of Cathodic protection systems, ships sensor; Ships Stabiliser deployment, inspection and repair; Repair of ships underwater paint scheme; Undertake underwater repairs to known defects. In addition to this there will be a requirement to provide a facility for any emergency dockings that may be required”
The proposed issue date of the contract is 28/02/2022 and the proposed completion date of the contract is 28/02/2032.