EP Barrus, the UK distributor for Mercury, Mercury Racing, Mariner and Yanmar, have secured a seven-year contract for the upkeep, update and supply of engines fitted to more than 1100 Ministry of Defence (MOD) boats.
The contract covers boats within the current MOD in-service fleet for craft under 25m, including Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs), the Mexeflote landing-raft system powered by the Thrustmaster propulsion unit, workboats, and planned future craft.
Defence Minister Jeremy Quin said:
Our maritime industry continues to grow from strength to strength an this contract will secure an essential capability for our Armed Forces.
The contract will support operations in the UK and overseas involving the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army, Ministry of Defence Police, and Cadets.
The contract will directly support 40 jobs within Barrus’s Engineering Centre which is based in Bicester, Oxfordshire, as well as a further 80 jobs across the UK supply chain that will benefit from the contract.
In addition, this contract secures EP Barrus’s graduate programme in Oxfordshire and the future roles for its young engineering students.
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