Navantia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the British company InfraStrata PLC for collaborating for the Royal Navy program for the procurement of three Fleet Solid Support (FSS) vessels for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA), as well as exploring opportunities for collaboration in other areas.
This MoU is the first step towards the next formalization of a more specific Agreement between both parties under which the two companies will work together on the FSS project. The Memorandum provides for the participation of the British shipyard Harland & Wolff Shipyard, which is being acquired by InfraStrata. According to InfraStrata, certain fabrication works will be performed at Harland and Wolff it Navantia is selected for the FSS program.
This MoU is currently non-binding and the parties have commenced discussions to formalize the relationship via a binding Teaming Agreement.
In November, the British government suspended the contest for the design and construction of 3 FSS ships in which Navantia participates. According to information from official sources, the project will be reoriented in early 2020.
“During this transition period, and waiting for the new requirements for the FSS project to be published, Navantia continues working to better position itself in the reopening of the contest, where the English industry participation is predicted crucial”, Navantia said in a statement.
John Wood, Interim Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented: “We are very excited by the opportunity that this MoU presents InfraStrata and the Harland & Wolff business. Navantia is world renowned for its ship-building capabilities and offshore infrastructure expertise and experience, and therefore has access to significant commercial opportunities in these sectors. The combination of Navantia’s footprint in these sectors and Harland and Wolff’s fabrication and other support capabilities offers the ideal commercial environment to bring large and challenging projects to successful fruition.”
Founded in 1861, Harland & Wolf is the main industrial concern in Belfast, Northern Irelan. The shipyard is known for the construction of the Titanic, owning two of the largest gantry cranes in Europe, called Samson and Goliath, and has a history of successes in the maritime and energy sectors.