Babcock awarded NorthLink service contract


Babcock will conduct scheduled maintenance on NorthLink vessels at its Rosyth yard. (credit: Babcock)Babcock will conduct scheduled maintenance on NorthLink vessels at its Rosyth yard. (credit: Babcock)



A four-year service contract for NorthLink’s vessels has been awarded to Babcock, which will undertake planned maintenance and dry docking at its Rosyth facility.

The contract was awarded by Serco, which operates the Northern Isles Ferry Service connecting the Scottish mainland with the Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands. According to Babcock, the contract for the passenger and freight ferry will see approximately fifteen statutory dockings take place.

Babcock has an established relationship with NorthLink ferries. A team of around 60 specialists including project managers, welders, mechanical fitters, electricians and fabricators will deliver the service package.

The Motorship notes that continuing to undertake planned maintenance and dry docking work in Scotland was one of the conditions of Serco’s successful tender application.

Over the past decade Babcock has invested substantially in its Rosyth facility transforming the dockyard into one of the UK’s most modern maritime support facilities. The site has excellent physical connections, making it an ideal place for vessels to return for dry docking and repairs.

The first vessel to be maintained and repaired under this contract was M.V. Helliar, a Ro-Ro cargo vessel which docked at Rosyth in June 2020.

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