The Defence Equipment Sales Authority say they are inviting expressions of interest from companies interested in being considered for receiving an Invitation to Tender for the proposed sale of the former HMS Atherstone for further use or recycling.
“Further use” interest, say the Defence Equipment Sales Authority, should be based on the use of the hull and super structure, as it has the potential to be used as “a unique houseboat, a stylish restaurant, a floating bar, or even an office-space”.
The vessel is currently moored at HM Naval Base Portsmouth and will be offered for sale from there.
According to a notice advising of the sale:
“Any parties interested in viewing the vessel will need to complete and submit the form within the following link and send it via e-mail to [email protected] no later than 5pm (GMT) Monday 27 July 2020. Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA) will confirm the viewing date and time once we have received your completed application form, which it is hoped to be late August/September 2020. (Dates may change due to COVID 19 and restrictions imposed on the Naval Base).
The issue of this notice is not a commitment by the Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (acting through the Defence Equipment Sales Authority of the UK Ministry of Defence) (the “Authority”) to commit to a sale as a result of this notice and this process may be discontinued at any time should a government to government (G2G) sale option be forthcoming.”
The vessel is sound for towing but is no longer in running condition and since decommissioning in December 2017 this vessel has been extensively stripped to support the remaining fleet including engine removal.