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Advanced Waterborne Maintenance and Salvage Operations for the Royal Navy

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The Salvage and Marine Operations Integrated Project Team (S&MO IPT) is the principal authority in the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) charged with providing Salvage, Blue Water Towing, Specialist Moorings, and Heavy Lift Expertise to the UK Armed Forces. It has recently become the MoD center of expertise for In Water Maintenance & Repair (IWMAR). UMC International Plc is a commercial enterprise specializing in the development and execution of waterborne maintenance both on commercial and military vessels worldwide. UMC is part of the V. Holdings Group, the world's largest marine service provider, offering comprehensive through life support to a fleet of almost 1,000 vessels. A unique partnering of industry and the UK MoD has led to the expansion of waterborne and underwater maintenance, providing the Royal Navy (RN) with significant opportunities for cost reduction, increased periods between dockings and enhanced platform availability. This paper discusses the various technologies developed for both waterborne maintenance of the RN fleet and specific tasks undertaken by the S&MO IPT.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2008

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  • The Naval Engineers Journal is the peer-reviewed journal of the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE). ASNE is the leading professional engineering society for engineers, scientists and allied professionals who conceive, design, develop, test, construct, outfit, operate and maintain complex naval and maritime ships, submarines and aircraft and their associated systems and subsystems.
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