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Norco Holdings has been selected by Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) to build the fleet of replacement workboats ordered by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and scheduled to be delivered over the next six years.
The contract is for 30+ boats in total, ranging in size from 11 m to 15 m. As the primary composites supplier for the project, Norco will be producing the major components for the new vessels including hull, deck, superstructure and associated multi-purpose modules.
The multi-role vessels share common components and will be modular in design. This approach enables rapid changes for a range of specialised operational roles, including training, explosive ordnance disposal, passenger transport, arctic exploration, hydrographic survey and logistic re-supply.
Norco will work closely with AEUK and the design team throughout the life of the contract, providing support in areas such as design for manufacture and production solutions, including the design and manufacture of high quality CNC tooling for the production of composite parts.
“From the south coast to the banks of the Clyde, British shipbuilding is ensuring that our growing Navy has the reach it needs to protect our interests around the globe,” said Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin on announcing the contract won by AEUK. “These cutting-edge workboats will support the likes of our iconic new aircraft carriers and the Type 26 frigates as well as sustaining 60 British jobs.”
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