AEUK Awards Diverse Marine Contract to Manufacture SEA Class Passenger Transport Boats
ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK (AEUK) has awarded a contract to Cowes based shipyard, Diverse Marine, for the production of three SEA Class Passenger Transfer Boats (PTBs). The PTBs will be delivered by AEUK for the Royal Navy’s (RN) latest Aircraft Carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, later this year.
The platforms, which are based on AEUK’s SEA Class design, will be customised to fit HMS Prince of Wales’ boat bays and to allow deployment and recovery via the Ship’s davits. Each PTB will be certified to carry 34 passengers with up to three crew.
AEUK took the strategic decision to sub-contract the PTBs to Diverse Marine because of their proven track record with aluminium construction and ability to customise the design. Production of the PTBs will happen in parallel with the other SEA Class platforms currently being produced for the RN at AEUK’s Platform Integration facilities in Winfrith, Dorset.
Carl Stone, Head of Sales and Product Management for Surface Ship Systems Division, AEUK said “It is great to see another of our SEA Class designs come to fruition and an honour for AEUK to play a part in providing a new capability to one of the RN’s newest and most prestigious warships. The new PTBs will provide the high quality passenger carrying capability that the RN expects and commonality with rest of the SEA Class platforms that AEUK are delivering.”
Ben Colman, Director at Diverse Marine said: “It is testament to the capability and quality of the work our team can produce that afforded Diverse Marine the ability to tender for this project and to be awarded the contract through a competitive process. I am immensely proud of not only our own core team, but also the stakeholder team and wider British Marine Industry for having the capability to deliver a solution which meets the requirements of AEUK, the Royal Navy and HMS Prince of Wales.”