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KAEFER Secure Five Ship Deal with Babcock to Provide Surface Protection Marine Coatings for the Type 31 Frigate Programme

Posted on 26 January 2022

KAEFER Secure Five Ship Deal with Babcock to Provide Surface Protection Marine Coatings for the Type 31 Frigate Programme

January 26th, 2022: KAEFER UK and Ireland has secured a long-term, £22m contract with Babcock to provide technical surface protection to the Royal Navy’s newest frigate, the Type 31.

The shipbuilding programme which will continue until 2028, brings continuity of work for KAEFER’s existing industrial services workforce at Babcock’s Rosyth facilities, with new employment opportunities and prosperity for the local economy.

KAEFER will apply over 510,000m2 of specialist paint coatings, providing skilled jobs for an additional 70 painters and support staff. With this work forming part of the build programme, KAEFER’s expertise, highest quality standards and long history of delivering ship support services safely, on time and on budget, is vital.

Chris Foulkes, KAEFER’s UK & Ireland CEO said, “This contract further strengthens and underpins our relationship as a key supplier to Babcock.  We are proud to deliver the highest quality marine support services in support of the world leading Type 31 shipbuilding programme.”

“The longevity of the Type 31 programme provides the ideal platform for the KAEFER team to deliver on our ESG objectives, continuing to support the local community and providing the platforms for development of people within that community. Only by delivering safe efficient operations to our customer has this contract award been possible, I’d like to specifically thank our site delivery teams for excellent performance at Rosyth over the last 25 years gave our client confidence KAEFER is the partner of choice in this critical UK defence programme.”

Trevor Woodward, KAEFER UK & Ireland Business & Strategy Director commented “We are of course delighted to secure this work for Babcock. The Type 31 project award follows on from our award of the full dockyard services at Rosyth earlier this year. This continuity of work will give us greater employment opportunities, making a real social impact on the local economy and allows us to forward our wider sustainability and innovation agenda in collaboration with our customer. We are proud to be part of Team 31 re-energising the UK’s maritime capability.”

Alan Westhall, Business Manager said “For both the site team and the local economy this is a real boost. We already have 70 KAEFER employees at Rosyth for Babcock and are delighted that this will be supplemented by an additional 70 roles.  We’re able to offer long term employment for the KAEFER team and a key focus will be on recruiting apprentices from the local community, giving the next generation the chance to learn skills they can use to grow their careers.”

Sean Donaldson, Managing Director, Marine  Engineering and Systems, Babcock International Group said: “The contract with KAEFER, to supply the Type 31 programme, builds upon years of collaboration between our organisations. New painting, protection and digitilisation technology will be deployed within a working arrangement, to deliver a successful project for our end customer, the UK Royal Navy.“

Type 31 will be at the heart of the Royal Navy’s surface fleet, deterring aggression and maintaining the security of the UK’s interests. They will work alongside the UK’s Allies to deliver a warship presence across the globe and enable a forward naval presence.

KAEFER UK & Ireland is a leading provider of technical industrial services, part of the global KAEFER group of companies. The KAEFER UK & Ireland team work on prestigious projects across the UK and Ireland including Hinkley Point and the Bellanaboy Bridge gas terminal, Ireland.