John Hayers said: “The contract, procured through competition, will deliver significant cost-savings in the region of 20%, as well as a number of performance benefits for the customer end-user. We look forward to continuing to work with Smit International (Scotland) Ltd building on previous successes.”
Smit International will operate a total of five medium and nine smaller fast patrol type craft to support range safety and aircrew training across the country, including Portland and Plymouth, and Scotland and Wales.
Paul de Jong, Managing Director, Smit International (Scotland) Ltd said: “We are very pleased to continue to be of service for the next five years and maybe more. We look forward to build on our successful cooperation for the years to come.’’
Details of the vessels:
- Range safety – nine purpose-built Fast Patrol Craft – 12 metres in length – 28 knots, with four passengers – crew of two. Boat names: Smit Stour, Smit Rother, Smit Romney, Smit Cerne, Smit Wey, Smit Frome, Smit Merrion, Smit Penally, Smit Neyland.
- Aircrew Training – four purpose-built Workboats – 27 metres in length – 19 knots with 12 passengers plus four instructors & crew of six. Smit Don, Smit Dee, Smit Yare, Smit Spey.
- Passenger – one purpose-built craft – 27 metres in length – 20 knots – 36 passengers plus four instructors – crew of six. Smit Dart.