ERIKS UK Marine Services has recently been awarded a new 5-year contract to supply a variety of power transmission and sealing components to the Devonport Royal Dockyard. The contract covers new equipment used in maintenance, refits and new-build applications. Product availability and ERIKS UK expertise were central to the contract being renewed. Profiled stock is held at the adjacent ERIKS UK Plymouth branch and various ERIKS UK technical staff such as seal specialists will remain frequent visitors to the 330-acre DML site.
DML employs about 4,800 people and has an annual turnover of about £450 million. There are 11 operational dry docks, five outfitting basins, and 5 kilometres of deep water berths. The company is a Prime Support Contractor to the Royal Navy providing comprehensive through-life support for submarines, surface ships and equipments. DML undertakes in-service support and capability upgrades of existing vessels and systems and works at all stages of the life cycle from initial concept design through manufacture to installation, commissioning, operation and disposal.
ERIKS UK plays a role in delivering virtually all these contracts and services. The Plymouth branch has been working with DML for 11years and so has built up a wealth of product and application knowledge, as well as developing logistics and administration systems that work with the customer to reduce cost and improve operational efficiency. The contract itself specifies the supply of bearings and sleeves, adhesives, lubricants, gaskets & seals and NES O rings, all of which are part of a profiled stock, so common items can be supplied virtually instantly and šlisted´ items on very short lead times.
Colin Northmore, ERIKS UK Sales Manager and Account Manager for DML, šOver and above the ´contracted´ products that are listed above we endeavour to capture more non-contract items across a wide spectrum. These include energy savings schemes for the production facilities and our added value work on many electro-mechanical items from motors and drives to gearboxes and innovative on-the-fly electrical testing of ships systems. Although dependant on what contracts are won by DML it is anticipated that turnover will be in excess of £1million per annum.´
Today the DML Group offers a complete range of design, build and support solutions across both defence and commercial sectors. In addition to its traditional refit and maintenance role, DML is increasingly working at the earlier stages of major warship design and construction programmes. In the commercial arena DML undertakes high-tech engineered composite work, overhauls railway equipment and builds, converts and refits large yachts and specialist craft.
There is a wide range of marine services available nationwide from ERIKS UK´s network of distribution centres and specialist workshops, particularly as there is one situated near all major UK ports. In addition to product supply ERIKS UK has the capacity to carry out emergency ship repairs, via riding crews, all sizes of vessel now also have the convenient option of guaranteed repairs at their intended destination, rather than having to make unscheduled voyage deviations or incurring excessive layover periods. Services include mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, pump and gearbox repairs, condition monitoring for pre-refit surveys and worldwide product supply is also offered.