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Tuesday, May 26, 2020 

Belfast, Northern Ireland, shipyard Harland & Wolff (H&W) has entered into a collaboration with Spanish naval shipyard Navantia, to form a partnership to be known as Team Resolute, which will bid for new contracts in the defence, commercial and offshore sectors in competition with the existing UK defence duopoly.

Among the orders likely to be chased is the UK Ministry of Defence Fleet Solid Support  Programme (FSS), with BMT participating as an exclusive subcontractor to Team Resolute. This collaboration is said to combine 159 years of shipbuilding experience at one of the UK’s biggest shipyards, including the two largest dry docks in Europe, with design experience from BMT and a world-leading shipbuilding track record from Navantia. 

Team Resolute has additionally identified future naval, commercial and offshore renewable contracts. Should Team Resolute be successful in its bids, Navantia digitally enhanced shipyard approach, Shipyard 4.0, will be shared with all UK partners to help improve efficiency by up to 20%.

John Wood, CEO of H&W parent company InfraStrata, said: “This partnership has the capability and credibility to disrupt the UK defence shipbuilding duopoly that currently exists, providing much needed competition in the defence sector to ensure value for money and guaranteed delivery. Team Resolute will create a more level playing field when competing for upcoming defence contracts. It will also provide Harland & Wolff with a strong proposition to tender for contracts in in the oil and gas, cruise and ferry, commercial and renewable sectors.  We have always selected our partners carefully. In Navantia, we see a long term partner not only within the defence sector – we are also in advanced discussions for further teaming agreements in relation to offshore wind farms.”

Abel Méndez, Director of International Defence & Security, Navantia said: “It is clear that under a new management team, Harland & Wolff is a shipyard that is forward-thinking, agile and ready to do business. We are excited about this new collaboration and the opportunities it will bring for both partners.”

Rob Teasdale, Business Development Director, BMT, said: “BMT is excited to be part of Team Resolute with leading shipyards Harland & Wolff and Navantia to provide a dedicated partnership for UK’s Future Solid Support (FSS) ships. The combination of BMT’s experience across the maritime sector and our heritage in ship design is the ideal pedigree to bring large and challenging projects to successful fruition. With the reopening of the contest anticipated later this year, BMT stands ready with Harland & Wolff and Navantia to offer a modern approach to the FSS program that will contribute to sovereign shipbuilding and prosperity for the United Kingdom for years to come.”

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