Andrew Weir Shipping has been awarded the contract for the support and maintenance of HMS Protector (A173) following a competitive tendering process. HMS Protector is the Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol Ship, and is deployed on operations for 334 days per year. The vessel was chartered from commercial service by the Royal Navy in April 2011, and was purchased outright in September 2013.
HMS Protector’s home port is Devonport. In addition to the support of scientific bases in Antarctica, HMS Protector is also equipped for patrol, survey and humanitarian tasking. In 2012 the vessel came to the aid of a Brazilian research station on King George Island in the South Shetland Islands following a fire.
Andrew Weir Shipping has operated in the British maritime industry for almost 130 years, and is involved in diverse projects, ranging from the support of the MoD’s Strategic Sealift Service and the operation of RMS St Helena.