The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a contract to Babcock to provide through-life engineering support for the Royal Navy's only ocean survey vessel, HMS Scott (H131).
Under the contract, Babcock will work with the UK MoD and some of its selected contractors to provide all aspects of through-life support for Scott.
The contract will focus on providing improved platform availability and sustainability, while ensuring effective targeting of funding for the MoD.
The company will provide fleet time engineering support, which includes rectification of operational defects, planning and delivery of fleet time support periods, equipment spares management and design services.
In addition, the contract scope includes management of all maintenance requirements using the unit system database, and provision of an electronic shared working environment for the exchange of technical information.
As well as providing planning and execution of a deep refit maintenance package, Babcock will deliver spares and logistics information, and all work required to keep the vessel operational as part of the contract.
Meanwhile, the Babcock team will work with the MoD and the navy to manage delivery of the through-life support contract, which also includes an option to extend the award for a further five years starting in 2018.
Babcock will work with existing MoD market facing category (MFC) contractors for products and services, including classification society certification and furnishings, as part of the contract.
Fitted with a modern high-resolution multi-beam sonar system, the 13,500t HMS Scott has been designed to provide deep bathymetric capabilities off the continental shelf and is capable of surveying 150km² of ocean floor every hour.
Image: HMS Scott sailing in the Antarctic. Photo: courtesy of RNPD, navy news.