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The 169 acre shipyard at Barrow at Barrow has a proven capability as a ‘world class’ design, fabrication, build, test and commissioning facility for large warships and nuclear powered submarines, with some of Europe’s largest indoor modular shipbuilding facilities, and a workforce of over 3,600 people. Below, you can see the layout of the shipyard in facilities such as Devonshire Dock Hall and the new assembly shop. The huge Devonshire Dock Hall (DDH) covered shipbuilding hall, shiplift, superberth and a large fitted out ship module of over 2,000 tonnes emerging from its build hall.

The ‘Asset family’ at Barrow Shipyard includes:

Specialist support barges such as the 90m long SD01
Large buildings including specialist new assembly shop fabrication facilities
Heavy lift cranes (150t, 40t)
Extensive docks including 400m big Buccleuch Dock quay
Specialised equipment
The Superberth
Strict security
Power and substations
Support facilities
Design offices
Specialist trials and test facilities
An air link using Walney airport, owned by BAE SYSTEMS

Figure 2 shows how the assets at Barrow can support two of the largest naval ship programmes:

Figure 2 Barrow Shipbuilding Assets suitability for CVF/MARS build

Key Process Steps Barrow Facility Capacity/capability CVF
Design/Engineering Design Office (A45)   Yes Yes Good unique design resource exists
Plate preparation and assembly New Assembly Shop Cutting and fabrication of plates Yes Yes Would need to invest in new plate line
Unit construction New Assembly Shop Steel fabrication Yes Yes Good facilities
Block construction DDH Largest Block 3 -4000T Yes Yes Would need to consider capacity with Astute
Assembly and outfit Superberth 100m wide 2* 20cT ships Super-block construction Yes For CVF super-blocks not ideal as sloping
Final Outfit Buccleuch Dock 2 ships max. width 30m No Yes MARS only. CVF too large for dock system
Test and Commission Buccleuch Dock 2 ships max. width 30m No Yes MARS only. CVF too large for dock system

(Source: PAManagement Consultants, 2004)


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"Barrow remains an untapped source of production capability and could... play a significant role in the coming shipbuilding programme."

Source: Rand, page 153 The UK's Naval Shipbuilding Industrial Base (2005), Report to UK MoD

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