A LEADING UK marine services provider has signed a £193m submarine escape and rescue systems service contract with the Indian Navy.
James Fisher and Sons, based in Barrow-in-Furness, UK, has announced that its subsidiary JFD has been awarded the contract by the Indian Navy for the long-term provision of its submarine escape and rescue capability.
The contract entails the design and production of two complete submarine rescue systems for £83m by December 2018, which will be assembled and produced at JFD’s Inchinnan facility, near Glasgow.
A 25-year in-service support contract covering all aspects of the operation and maintenance of the system will commence when the vessels are put into service in India.
Two complete submarine rescue systems will be delivered to the Indian Navy including deep search and rescue vehicles (DSRV), launch and recovery systems (LARS) equipment, transfer under pressure (TUP) systems and all logistics and support equipment required to operate the service.
Nick Henry, chief executive of James Fisher and Sons, said: “As the global leader in submarine rescue services, James Fisher has been awarded the contract by demonstrating, through its work with the Royal Navy, the Australian Navy and the Singapore Navy, a commitment to the safety of the global submarine community over many years.
“We look forward to working with the Indian Navy at the start of this long-term relationship.”
The British company previously delivered its subsea rescue systems to the navies of Australia (an example is shown above), Republic of Korea and Singapore. The vessels JFD is delivering can dive to a maximum depth of 500 meters and recover 16 sailors at a time.