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Custom Covers Wins Awning Contract

Southampton based cover maker Custom Covers (1984)Ltd has won a contract worth £315,000 with BAE Systems Surface Ships Ltd (the company formed from the BAE and BVT joint venture to build warships for the Royal Navy) to furnish 6 offshore patrol vessels with awnings. These six ships, 3 for the Omani navy and three for the Trinity and Tobago navy will be delivered between now and April 2011. Each ship will be equipped with a flight deck awning for Ceremonial use, a bridge wing awning for operator shade and an open deck awning also for operator shade.

Custom Covers has already worked closely with BVT (the forerunner of BAE Systems Surface Ships Ltd) on a number of innovative designs. With this latest project they have had to meet a number of new challenges. To cope with limited space and storage on board, each awning will break down into small packages so that it can be manoeuvred through hatches and narrow corridors. Lightweight aluminium will be used to keep weight as low as possible and stainless will be used for frame joints to prevent corrosion.

Drawing on 25 years of experience in the marquee business, the designs incorporate marquee technology which will allow the ships' crews to quickly assemble and dismantle the flight deck awnings.

The offshore vessels will be furnished and ready by autumn 2010 the first
delivery being this autumn.

Technical Director Simon Bell says he is delighted to continue Custom Covers' relationship with BAE Systems Surface Ships Ltd which builds on all the work completed by the firm for the Type 45 Destroyer project

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