UK-based engine importer and distritubor EP Barrus Ltd has secured a contract for the supply and support of Yanmar marine diesel engines to Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK). The engines will be installed on a range of next-generation workboats for the Royal Navy.

Appointed by the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) as the prime contractor and integrator for the project, Atlas Elektronik UK will supply up to 38 workboats and an extended programme of in-service support from 2018 until 2024. Barrus’s relationship with AEUK extends almost 10 years working as consultants and suppliers of marine engines for projects including unmanned and autonomous craft applications.

“We are very proud to have been selected by Atlas Elektronik UK to provide the propulsion systems and engineering support for these cutting-edge workboats, in this, our centennial year,” says David Etherington-Smith, sales manager for the Special Products Division at Barrus. “This builds on our success with the supply of earlier versions of these Yanmar engines and ensures a continuity and commonality with current in-service engines within the MoD fleet.”

Ranging in size from 11m-18m, the multi-role ‘SEA Class’ range of vessels will all be fitted with Yanmar marine diesel engines from 350hp-1000hp, prepared in Barrus’s custom-engine build facility in Bicester, Oxfordshire to AEUK agreed specifications.

Barrus will also provide AEUK with specialist engineering support including a comprehensive training programme, service support and technical expertise over a six-year period.