Foreland Shipping Limited was formed by leading British
shipping names Bibby Line, Houlder Hadley, James Fisher Plc and Andrew Weir
Shipping. The company was established with the express purpose of bidding for
the £950 million contract to construct and own six 20,000-tonne ro-ro
vessels for service with the UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD). Foreland Shipping
was subsequently awarded the MoD contract and delivery of the six ships, built
at German and British shipyards, was recently completed, ahead of schedule.
The MoD has agreed a structure with Foreland Shipping under the
Private Finance Initiative to allow the company to employ some of the ships in
the commercial market whilst ensuring that they are available to the MoD in
times of crisis. The remaining ships cover the MoD's normal tasking
requirements moving equipment to enable the MoD to meet its normal ongoing
obligations. All of the ships are registered in UK and crewed by a British crew
who are members of the Sponsored Reserves.
Foreland Shipping has
allowed the MoD to realise its belief that strategic sealift is the key to
moving vehicles and equipment into a theatre of operations quickly and
efficiently. The new service is a huge advance on the strategic transport
capabilities formerly possessed by the MoD, not least due to the expertise
enshrined in the Foreland Shipping structure.
For more information about Foreland Shipping, contact
For employment opportunities contact Crew Managers,
Bibby Ship Management (Western Europe) Limited