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Rosborough Boats awarded RHIB contract

20th March 2017 - 9:52 by The Shephard News Team

Rosborough Boats has received a $7.3 million contract from Irving Shipbuilding to provide multi-role rescue boats for Canada's Arctic Offshore Patrol ships (AOPS), the company announced on 13 March.

Rosborough Boats will supply two of its Rough Water 8.5m Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB) for each of the six AOPS vessel being built at Irving Shipbuilding's Halifax Shipyard for the Royal Canadian Navy. The first AOPS is scheduled to be delivered to the navy in 2018.

The RHIBs will be used as fast rescue boats, for marshalling and towing lifeboats, and deploying and supporting the navy's enhanced naval boarding party.

Heaton Rosborough, president, Rosborough Boats, said: 'Working with Irving Shipbuilding to supply our Rough Water 8.50s for AOPS reinforces the purpose of the National Shipbuilding Strategy by equipping the Royal Canadian Navy with high-quality enhanced equipment, best matched to [its] current and future mission sets while employing Canadians and bolstering the Canadian marine industry.

'Rosborough will capitalise on this successful relationship to further market our line of vessels to other programmes in the Royal Canadian Navy as well as navies and coast guards around the world.'

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