British Shipyards Lose $700m Tanker Contract to South Korea

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  1. Rayc

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    It is time for Britain to gird up its loins and get serious about its industries and their capabilities.

    At one time, British weapons were masterpieces and world beaters.
     
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    Navy buys Korean to keep its ships fuelled: £452m contract for four tankers goes to the Far East

    By IAN DRURY
    Last updated at 9:58 AM on 23rd February 2012


    Defence Minister Peter Luff announced yesterday that a £452million contract for the support tankers had been awarded to Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering.
    Critics said the decision was a blow to Britain’s declining shipbuilding industry and to the proud naval tradition of what was once the world’s greatest seafaring nation.
    They also accused the Government of ‘shameless hypocrisy’ after David Cameron criticised India earlier this month for snubbing British industry when it awarded a £13billion deal to supply 126 fighter jets to France.

    Navy buys Korean to keep its ships fuelled: £452m contract for four tankers goes to the Far East | Mail Online
     
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  4. Good well get them on time and on budget!
     
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  5. I know nothing about these processes but I am curious as to whether or not the gov is allowed to take the effects on employment into consideration when making these decisions.
     
  6. Donmac - the poster Bouillibaise has summed it up far better than myself, but in summary, the key UK concern in this is not the actual construction of the hulls, which is relatively simple, but the design skills required. What has happened here is that a UK firm has designed the ship, and specialist changes will be made to the vessels by UK firms, and this protects the critical national skills the Govt thinks is required in the UK.

    Also worth noting that BAE were offered the chance to bid, but turned it down - it could have gone to UK builders if they'd wanted to bid for it in the first place.
     
  7. Only if the british quote was the best.
     

  8. Did you not see this bit?

    Also worth noting that BAE were offered the chance to bid, but turned it down - it could have gone to UK builders if they'd wanted to bid for it in the first place.
     
  9. Ok.Understood. Next stupid question. Why did UK manufacturers not bid? I can't conceive that their order books are that full.
     
  10. Even in that case it would ONLY have gone to UK builders IF they had been the BEST quote.
     
  11. Iron Duke said in a thread a while back. "I live in a word I didn't make" or words to that effect. Thats how I feel. I don't mind foreign products I mind wasted lives doing sweet F A.
    The economics of building in korea are self evident but the cost is much higher than the price.
     
  12. Maybe they thought that our bid will be too expensive and run over budget so it's not worth us bidding?
     
  13. Their order books are full - Astute, QE and Type 45 for starters and Type 26 to come. Don't know about the others but Lairds looked pretty busy last time I drove past it a couple of weeks back.
     
  14. From my experience in Norwegian shipping. Any new build coming out of South Korea or China, that is supposedly fit for purpose. Will then spend the first months of her life being fixed.

    SK
     
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