UK-based refrigeration expert Lightfoot Defence has signed an agreement to be the preferred onsite specialist for military refrigeration and HVAC systems at ASRY (Arabian Shipbuilding and Repair Yard) in Bahrain. Lightfoot will provide upgrade, modification and repair services to standard and non-magnetic air-conditioning plants and associated equipment of naval vessels calling at the yard.
The service agreement was signed under the umbrella of the ongoing Project Jupiter, an initiative launched in 2014 to make ASRY a leading hub for onsite specialist contractors in the Arabian Gulf. The agreement provides a permanent presence for Lightfoot in ASRY, and also confirms that Lightfoot will construct a new service workshop inside ASRY, with a timeline to be confirmed within three months.
In addition to its own naval resources, Bahrain is host to UK and US fleets in the region and ASRY currently has approximately 45 per cent share of the regional naval business, says a spokesman. ASRY hope this will increase over the next two years, as they have invested heavily, including in the embedding of a new MAN Diesel workshop onsite. This is expected to attract more US attention since their fleet primarily uses MAN Diesel engines.
ASRY chief executive, Nils Kristian Berge, commented, “Adding Lightfoot Defence to our portfolio of premium onsite specialist contractors is another boost for the yard’s regional and global competitiveness, especially within the Naval vessel repair market. ASRY can now provide the most comprehensive range of repair and maintenance services to our customers. Our goal of being the region’s one-stop shop for maritime maintenance is drawing closer; thanks to partnerships with reputable firms such as Lightfoot.”
Lightfoot Defence managing director Terry Nicholls, who added that this agreement is an important element for the UK firm’s global expansion plan, said the company is committed to promote ASRY as a qualified and preferred ship repair destination to their clients.
The latest agreement covers the provision of military engineers familiar with UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) standards, technical advice, equipment and spares, transportation solutions, liaison routing to the UK MOD, and more.