Malin Abram rolls-out BAE Systems’ first Type 26 frigate
Heavy lift services specialists, Malin Abram, part of the Malin Group, have recently put its customised 137 metre barge, the CD01, through its paces. The vessel was used for the roll-out of the Type 26 frigate, the first in class, on the banks of the Clyde.
The project, which has involved almost three years of meticulous planning, saw the ship carefully rolled-onto a bespoke semi-submersible launch barge, after which it will be moved downriver and submerged at a specially selected site on the Clyde to float off and launch.
This between Malin Abram and BAE Systems reaches back to the 1980s when the group shipped the Trident pressure hull rings from Glasgow to Barrow, Malin Abram said.
Jamie Bowie, Engineering Director, said, “We are thrilled to have completed this key stage of the project; there are a myriad of considerations with roll-out and float-off operations, from the weather and tides to the weight and dimensions of the vessel itself, so seeing her safely secured to the barge is great. Working with BAE Systems and the Ministry of Defence has afforded us the opportunity not only to bring a new capability to the Clyde in the form of one of the largest floating dock barges in Europe, but also provided invaluable experience to a full team of naval architects and engineers – an experience they will never forget.”
The Type 26 frigate, named HMS Glasgow, currently weighing 6,000 tonnes, has been under construction since steel was cut in 2017. The second and third ships, HMS Cardiff and HMS Belfast, are currently in build at BAE Systems yard in Govan. In Scotstoun, the ship’s outfit is completed and the complex systems are set to work before test and commissioning takes place. HMS Glasgow will be delivered to the Royal Navy in the mid-2020s.
Earlier this month, the Ministry of Defence awarded BAE Systems a £4.2 billion ($5 billion) contract to build a further five Type 26 City Class frigates for the Royal Navy, sustaining 4,000 jobs across BAE Systems and the wider UK maritime supply chain.