BMT Defence Services Limited Issue 1 April 2002
Thales Naval Limited has awarded BMT Defence Services a
contract to support the second stage of its bid to design and
manufacture two new aircraft carriers, designated CVF, for the
UK Royal Navy, replacing the ageing Invincible Class. The design
and manufacture contract is expected to be awarded in 2004,
I am very pleased to introduce BMT with the first of the ships, anticipated to be of 40,000 ~ 50,000
Defence Services’ new Newsletter. Our tonne displacement, due in service by 2012.
intention is to publish new information
and views on topics of interest to our BMT has been a member of the Thales
customers on a regular basis. Team since 1999 and the company’s
involvement focuses on the areas of ship
I am aware that I am probably a new design and support. BMT is responsible for
name to many of you, having succeeded naval architecture (ship sizing, general
Roger Babington as Managing Director in arrangement, hydrodynamics, stability and
November last year. Having worked in a structures), survivability and platform systems
number of areas in BMT over the past 12 design. The company also leads the
years my background is strongly focussed Integrated Logistic Support studies.
in the maritime field: most recently as
Managing Director of BMT’s information The carriers will operate the new US
systems company. developed Joint Combat Aircraft as the
primary part of a Carrier Air Group; which
At BMT Defence Services we have prided will include fighter, strike and surveillance
ourselves for many years on the standard of aircraft and support helicopters. Lockheed
our technical services and the independence Martin is developing two variants of the
of our designs and advice. Technical aircraft, a conventional catapult launch and CTOL design for UK carrier
superiority remains at the core of our arrested recovery variant and a short take
business, but it is increasingly our impartial off and vertical landing variant. Pending the 180 staff are based at the Thales office in
view that differentiates us in a market dom- decision on the variant to be procured for the Bristol Business Park, close to MoD’s
inated by a few major contractors. From the UK, the team’s studies will encompass Abbey Wood site.
requirements analysis to supporting ships in both options.
service, we believe that the best solutions CVF is the flagship project of the UK
will always evolve from independent technical The Thales Team is a multi-national group of MoD’s Smart Acquisition Initiative. BMT
excellence. companies whose key members also include, look forward to their continued and
Lockheed Martin, Devonport Management long-term involvement in the evolution of
Andrew Tyler Ltd and Raytheon. A dedicated team of the programme.
Expansion Triggers Move
Following a sustained period of growth, the company’s Weymouth division moved into larger
Commence offices in January. Guest of honour at the official opening was John Coles, Chief Executive
of MoD of the MoD’s Warship Support Agency, with civic dignitaries and members of the Weymouth
& Portland Chamber of Commerce in attendance.
The Ministry of Defence has contracted
BMT to carry out studies in support of
the ‘Assessment’ phase for a new afloat
medical capability, known as the Primary
Casualty Receiving Capability (PCRC).
The study includes the outline design of
a generic medical complex specifically
for treating large numbers of casualties,
John Coles chatting to BMT staff
and providing a high standard of co-
ordinated post-treatment care.
BMT will also assess a range of generic
deployment options, including modular BMT Defence Services Gains
facilities for repeated installation on
existing vessels, ship conversions, or
Training Scheme Approval
new-construction. Cost / capability The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology - IMarEST, has approved the
trade-offs will identify solutions war- company’s Initial Professional Development (IPD) scheme offered to graduates. This
ranting more detailed study. These more achievement means that BMT Defence Services is one of the first in the UK to meet the
detailed design studies will provide a requirements of new Engineering Council SARTOR 3 regulations.
basis for the Ministry’s determination
of the best value for money technical Approval of IPD recognises that graduates with different academic qualifications may follow
approach to take forward any future different pathways within the one overall IPD structure. Approval acknowledges our flexible
design and manufacture contract. training scheme, which recognises individual skills and tailors individuals to aspects of the
company’s business that will best utilise these skills.
Missile Support Founder’s Memorial Award
At the annual dinner held at the Assembly
BMT Defence Services, teamed with Rooms in Bath, Claire Grattan, pictured on
Rolls-Royce Marine Power as the the left, became the first recipient of the
Systems Information & Co-ordinating John Hannah Memorial Award, for BMT
Agency (SiCA), have provided docu- Defence Services’ most promising new-
mentation services and support to comer. The award was made in memory of
the UK MoD’s Tomahawk Land the company’s founder and was presented
Attack Missile Integrated Project by John’s widow Yvonne.
Team (TLAM IPT) since 1999.
The value of the partnership between
SiCA and the TLAM IPT has been
recognised by the recent award of a Excellence South West
2-year extension to the current Post
Design Support Services contract, which Commendation
is run from BMT’s Weymouth office.
BMT was one of nine organisations including DPA, DASA and HMS MONTROSE to receive
We look forward to continuing our suc- a commendation for their submission to the Excellence South West Annual Awards
cessful relationship with the TLAM IPT. programme. Jenny Simmonds, Operations Director received the Commendation at the
Awards Dinner in December.
We’re Talking Rubbish!
TODAY’S PROCUREMENT - TOMORROW’S WASTE
Today’s consumers are more aware than ever of global ‘green’ issues and
the state of our planet. These issues fuel pressure groups, allowing them
to wave the ‘save the planet’ flag and attract media attention. The European
Community and UK Government policy makers are encouraging industry
to consider the environmental impacts of their products; through the use
of fewer raw materials, reusable and recyclable items, and easier disposal.
Public procurement agencies are implementation of a supply chain
encouraged through European Strategy Environmental Management System (EMS)
Photo courtesy of BMT Cordah
papers, such as Integrated Product Policy based on the environmental standard
and Green Public Procurement, to purchase ISO14001. Encapsulating through-life envi- Comparing the results against existing
all things ‘green’, and are expected to set ronmental management into the MoD’s environmental standards and legislation will
an example to the rest of the commercial procurement strategies, it will enable closer highlight any gaps. By subjecting the results
world. Consequently, within industry’s co-operation with commercial counterparts, to a formal environmental risk assessment
politically correct society, environmental particularly those involved with procurement the significant impacts can be identified.
buzzwords like ‘cradle to grave’, ‘whole and in-service support.
life cost’, ‘due diligence’ and ‘sustainability’ Including employees at all levels within the
have been born and are part of the board- The first action of organisations wishing to initiative, for example, through awareness
room dialogue. consider the through-life environmental training, can instil a sense of personal
implications of their activities is to examine responsibility in everyone. BMT has recently
The UK MoD has recognised the benefits their own environmental activities and developed an intranet site for the DPA,
of environmentally sound procurement those of its suppliers and customers. Issues known as “Environet”, aimed at improving
policies. BMT has recently completed a such as the choice of raw materials, product their staff’s awareness of environmental
comprehensive review of policy documents transport and packaging, energy use, issues and promoting cultural change. The
for the Defence Procurement Agency through life service requirements and, of ultimate environmental aim is to achieve
(DPA), including a phased plan for the course, final disposal must be considered. continual improvement and this can be
attained by setting goals called
‘Environment Performance Indicators’, which
can be reviewed and reported periodically.
Finally, to achieve maximum financial
benefits, the overall system must include
site-based activities; water and waste
management and energy usage.
By following simple steps, implementing a
supply chain EMS can help both suppliers
and buyers focus on environmental issues
that consider procurement through to
disposal. It will not only aid legal compliance
and avoid fines, but also avoid bad publicity,
which can be both embarrassing and
financially devastating to organisations in
today’s environmentally sensitive climate.
Storage of bulky ship-board waste is improved by equipment such as Strachan and Henshaw’s plastic processing
machine. BMT and S&H are working with QinetiQ on an integrated waste technology demonstrator for the MoD.
Photo courtesy of Strachan and Henshaw
BMT Defence Services
The South African Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism issued a
worldwide invitation-to-tender in mid 2000 for three 50 metre inshore environment patrol BMT Defence Services offers a
and pollution vessels and one 80 metre offshore vessel, primarily for fisheries monitoring. total design and support service
After an initial short-listing, tenders were received from shipyards in UK, Australia, Germany, for warships ranging from aircraft
Holland, Italy, and South Africa. carriers and submarines
to fishery protection,
BMT Defence Services’ South African office has been contracted by the Department to surveillance and coastguard vessels.
carry out a technical evaluation of these offers. The assessment includes the sea-keeping
analyses submitted by bidders for the southern ocean sea conditions that the ships will The company offers specialist skills
operate in; checking of the intact and damage stability; assessing the scantlings; checking in formal safety assessment and
the manoeuvring capabilities of the propulsion systems; evaluating the feasibility of the build safety management, project and
programme, the practicality of the vessel designs, their maintainability and through-life business risk management,
costs. and in the implementation of
BMT continues to advise the Department’s Tender Evaluation Committee as the bidders are
reduced to a final selection. The final decision will also be influenced by factors such as job The company is actively expanding
creation, financial facilities and industrial participation. It is expected that orders will be its innovative systems engineering
placed in July 2002 for first deliveries towards the end of 2003. capability through the development
of partnership arrangements
with industry and
For further information
BMT Defence Services has been authorised by the UK MoD to provide safety certification please contact:
services for surface warships and auxiliaries.
Granting authority to act on behalf of the MoD Naval Authority for structure, stability and Commercial Director
watertight integrity certification, acknowledges the expertise and independence offered by
BMT Defence Services. Robin Mandeville
Delegating regulation to selected organisations provides the MoD with far greater flexibility
to respond to the needs of project teams and harmonises MoD practice with that of the
world’s merchant ship regulatory authorities such as the UK Maritime and Coastguard
BMT Defence Services Ltd
Agency. Maritime House
210 Lower Bristol Road
Tony Graham, Deputy Head of the MoD Sea Technology Group, said, “BMT Defence BATH, BA2 3DQ, U.K.
Services already play an important role in ensuring our ships are designed and maintained
as part of a fighting fleet – and Naval Authority delegation is a very logical development”. Tel: +44 (0)1225 473600
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