Supplying Northern Lighthouse Board

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Following an open, fair and transparent competitive tender process, NLB announced on 12 December 2022, the Award of a £51.8 million contract to Spanish shipyard Astilleros Gondán S.A, for the build of a state-of-the-art hybrid powered ship to support its vital safety service to mariners.

Gondán is an established and highly respected family business with a track record of delivering quality vessels.  The tender includes a commitment to place over £2 million of contracts with UK suppliers with a requirement for any contract over £25k to be advertised in the UK. As part of the deal Gondán will also create a special fully funded internship programme for up to 15 UK based students who will benefit from a range of placements at the yard during the vessel’s construction.

Procurement process
Astilleros Gondan, S.A. of Puerto de Figueras Asturias, Spain was awarded the £51.8 million fixed price contract following an open, fair and transparent competitive tender process which followed the Public Procurement regulations consistent with UK obligations under the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement.

Technical Specifications
The vessel will have the latest fuel-efficient engines capable of driving the vessel at eco speeds, batteries to allow efficient engine use, overnight stays in harbour and at anchor as well as the ability to operate and recharge in port on shore power. Built with future fuels in mind the vessel has the potential to be upgraded to net zero propulsion when this option becomes readily available.

The new vessel will be in service in June 2025. The vessel’s home will be at the Northern Lighthouse Board’s Oban Base on the West Coast of Scotland.