2015 Report details for project: Maritime Sustainment Programme

Project name Maritime Sustainment Programme - there are 8 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
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Organisation MOD (D17) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year 2015 (data is from September 2014)
Category Military - see all reports for this category
Description: The Category A MARS Tanker project makes up the current acquisition element of the Maritime Sustainment Programme. The Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) Tankers will replace the current single hulled tankers operated by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, which are no longer fully compliant with international maritime legislation, with an efficient and cost effective solution providing support for the sustainment of Future Force 2020 (FF2020). These ships will provide valuable bulk fuels capability in support of the Royal Navy and forces ashore, including the new QE Class Aircraft Carriers and on operations as varied as Littoral Manoeuvre, constabulary and humanitarian relief, through to the 2040s. Four Tide Class ships (RFA TIDESPRING, RFA TIDERACE, RFA TIDESURGE, RFA TIDEFORCE) have been ordered from DSME South Korea, to a UK BMT basic design. The ships will travel to the UK for customisation and final trials prior to entering service. The HRAS project delivered the key safety and capability risk mitigation for future HRAS design and systems integration through a Land Based Demonstrator and the completion of system trials; and the infrastructure has now been converted to provide the training facility for future seamanship training, including replenishment of solids and liquids at sea.
DCA (RAG) Amber/Green
DCA text: A number of actions/recommendations were identified from a Gateway 0 Review in November 2013 and are being tracked. A further Gateway 0 Review will be conducted in 2015/16.
Start date 2005-07-25
End date 2018-04-30
Schedule text MARS Tanker project remains on track, with cut Steel and Keel lay Milestones for the first ship was achieved in June and December 2014, respectively, on time. Steel Cut Milestone for the second ship was achieved in December 2014. HRAS has now been converted and handed over to Flag Officer Sea Training as the Future Replenishment At Sea Trainer (October 2014).
Baseline £68.71m
Forecast £75.73m
Variance 10.20%
Variance text: Variance between budget and forecast in 14/15 due to reprofile of MARS Tanker accruals due to Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) build activity being more advanced than originally planned. This does not affect the overall forecast project spend which remains within budget.
Whole Life Cost £596.51m
WLCost text: Budgeted Whole Life Costs are different this report from Q2 13/14 due to a change in the way these costs are reported. Previously the Whole Life Costs included all forecast costs to planned out of service date for the ships. This report reflects the costs up to delivery into service of all four ships and the initial support package as approved in the main investment decision business case.
Sourcefile IPA_2015.csv

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