UK: Babcock Starts Work on HMS Grimsby

first_img View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Babcock Starts Work on HMS Grimsby August 15, 2012 UK: Babcock Starts Work on HMS Grimsby Babcock has started work on Sandown class minehunter HMS Grimsby, now in dock in Rosyth for a six month Support Period (Docking) (SP(D)). The support period is the first Sandown class refit to be undertaken under the Surface Ship Support Alliance (SSSA) Class Output Management (COM) Phase 2 arrangements, which came into effect in April, under which Babcock leads the Sandown class COM team.The SSSA is an alliance between the MoD, Babcock and BAE Systems.In addition to a substantial maintenance package, the refit programme includes a number of upgrades and improvements that will significantly enhance Grimsby’s operational capability, sustainability, and habitability standards. The workscope has been developed by the Babcock-led COM team, based on knowledge of the vessel’s material state and previous experience of Sandown class refits. A significant pre-docking material assessment was carried out to capture the material condition of the ship so as to develop the work package to reflect the ship’s needs and minimise the amount of emergent work.Upgrades will include a first-of-class replacement of the entire fire detection system. Further upgrades that HMS Grimsby will receive, which have also been successfully completed by Babcock in previous Sandown class refits, include an upgraded high pressure air system (which extends system life and offers cost and space benefits); the Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) which provides a coherent infrastructure to enable information sharing and collaborative working across the defence sector network; the Centrix communications system; fresh water embarkation unit (monitoring purification of shore supplied water); a package to enhance operations in hot climates; and a galley upgrade package.In addition, the maintenance package includes an extensive programme of protective coatings renewal on both the hull and weather decks, which will improve the vessel’s sustainability in the extreme climates, as well as removal and overhaul of the bow thruster units and a considerable amount of work on the air conditioning system.Babcock Warship Support Head of Operations Mike Weeks said: “The COM team will be drawing on its close working relationships and extensive experience, and working hard to ensure that this refit is completed safely, to quality and schedule, and at optimum value for money. The team’s goal is to return HMS Grimsby to her Operational Commander in the best possible material state on completion of her short but very busy SP(D).”The MoD’s Team Leader for Frigates and Mine Counter-Measures Vessels, Captain Jonathan Fry, said: “HMS Grimsby’s docking period will be a good early test of the Alliance’s resolve to deliver a complex package of work to meet the Royal Navy’s demanding operational schedule. The Sandown Class forms an essential element of both the security of UK waters and conflict prevention across the globe, which is why the upgrades being installed in this SP(D) are so important.”HMS Grimsby is expected to leave Rosyth for sea trials at the end of 2012.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 15, 2012; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Grimsby View post tag: HMScenter_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: starts Training & Education View post tag: Babcock Share this article View post tag: worklast_img read more

Statement to parliament: High Speed 2 Phase 2b update

first_imgI have today (6 June 2019) published a government consultation on 11 proposed refinements to the route of HS2 Phase 2b, the section of HS2 running from Birmingham to Leeds via the East Midlands, and from Crewe to Manchester. These include the first proposals for infrastructure to one day allow Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) trains to use the HS2 route and vice versa.HS2 is making progress and work on Phase 1 (from London to the West Midlands) is well underway. Around 9,000 jobs are now supported by the delivery of HS2, with 300 apprentices on board and 2,000 businesses working on building the new backbone of Britain’s rail network.HS2 Phase 2b will complete the full ‘Y network’ and deliver the full benefits of HS2 in terms of capacity and better connections between cities and towns. Phase 2b will be a catalyst for regeneration and economic growth across the North and Midlands. In July 2017, I confirmed the route from Crewe to Manchester and Birmingham to Leeds via the East Midlands. In November 2018, I consulted on working drafts of the environmental statement and equalities impact assessment for Phase 2b, a major milestone in preparing the hybrid bill. I am today publishing a summary of the responses to those consultations, which are informing HS2 Limited’s ongoing design work.The proposals I am putting forward today mark another major milestone for HS2 Phase 2b and follow extensive work to ensure that the route offers the best value for taxpayers’ money as well as minimising disruption for residents and impacts on the environment.This consultation includes proposals to allow for 2 future junctions that could see the HS2 line into Manchester used as part of Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR). These proposals have been developed in partnership with Transport for the North, and, in the future, would open up the opportunity for a potential new route between Manchester and Liverpool that could also be used for services between London and Liverpool.Design work on the scheme continues and where further change is needed we will consult again ahead of bill deposit. Further scope to support the interfaces with NPR (including at Leeds) and Midlands Connect is currently being considered and is subject to future funding decisions. This consultation also considers some works on the existing rail network that will allow for HS2 trains to run between the south and our great northern cities.It is an opportunity for communities affected by all the proposed changes to have their say in how the scheme develops. Good quality community engagement is crucial to HS2 and we want the input of those who will be affected.In addition to today’s consultation, I am also publishing updated safeguarding directions for the Phase 2b route to reflect the project’s updated land requirements. I am also extending the rural property support zones for Phase 2b in certain areas, this brings a greater number of property owners in scope of these compensation schemes, or a higher value payment, enabling more people to benefit.Copies of the command paper and safeguarding directions will be laid in the House of Commons and House of Lords libraries.last_img read more

EIVA Sets Up Business Development Team in Brazil

first_imgDanish software and hardware engineering company EIVA has expanded its activities in Latin America with a dedicated business development team located in São Paulo, Brazil.With the Brazilian team, EIVA said it will be able to accommodate interest in its hardware and software products for offshore and shallow water construction and surveying operations from specialist operating in Latin America.The new Brazilian team will be headed by Antonio Felipe Silva, who brings with him 13 years of experience in the offshore industry. He started his career as an ROV support technician and moved on to more sales and management-focused positions, which also included collaboration with EIVA in more recent years.“We have worked together with Antonio Felipe Silva as an EIVA representative for some years now. We have always been very satisfied with his level of commitment, drive and technical expertise. Consequently, when it became possible to combine our wish of establishing a dedicated business development team in Latin America with his wish of focusing solely on EIVA’s product portfolio, it was an obvious choice to make him head of the new team,” said EIVA CEO Jeppe Nielsen.last_img read more

Coates: We can be a handful

first_imgCrusaders captain Colin Coates hopes to put their physical advantage to good use in the Champions League qualifier against Levadia Tallinn. The Estonian champions arrive at Seaview for a first-round tie as current leaders of their home Premium Liiga, which is approaching the halfway mark in its season. By contrast the Northern Irish club have had just one friendly for their preparations but Coates believes they can make their mark, particularly at set-pieces. “Our game tends to be slightly more physical than some of the European sides are used to and set-pieces can be a major weapon for us,” Coates is quoted by BBC Sport. “The likes of Jordan Owens and myself can be a handful there and we will be setting up to try and do that again. “They are league champions and are doing well again this year, plus they are in the middle of their season, so we face a difficult task. “They have a relatively good pedigree in Europe and from what I’ve seen on video, they look like a good outfit, but we feel we can give anyone a game at Seaview. “Fitness is obviously a concern as we have only had a week’s training and one friendly under our belts but we will hopefully get through on adrenaline.” Shamrock Rovers travel to Luxembourg’s FC Progres Niederkorn in the Europa League first qualifying round clash. Former Newcastle youth player Brandon Miele admits it is a trip into the unknown but is optimistic about their chances. “It will be a good trip to Luxembourg. To be honest I don’t know much about the team we’re playing but hopefully we can go there and get a win,” he told the Irish Independent. “I think we have good back room staff and they’ll do what they can to find out what they can about the team. I think we’ll approach it like any other game and go and get a win. “Hopefully we’ll be fitter. We’re mid-season so I think that’s probably going to be an advantage to us. But we can’t underestimate them.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more