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Royal Navy refit

16 June 2009

International safety seal firm Roxtec has completed a major contract to protect miles of vital electrical cabling on board Royal Navy Type 42 Destroyer HMS York.

Royal Navy refit
Royal Navy refit

Bury based Roxtec provided seals for the cabling as part of a £17m refit undertaken by BVT Surface Fleet Support at HM Naval Base in Portsmouth.

Roxtec’s UK managing director Graham O’Hare said protecting electrical cabling is of massive importance on any ship.

“This was a terrific contract to work on,” O’Hare said. “Roxtec has an established track record in the marine sector and this contract demonstrates how effective Roxtec’s seals are at protecting electrical cables. As part of the refit a vast amount of new cabling was installed for the ship's Internal Communication System and new IT network. Our seals help ensure these systems don’t go down. By sealing the cables as they pass through bulkheads we protect the vessel and all the equipment on board from a variety of hazards including water, fire, explosion and vibration.”

O’Hare said HMS York is the latest Royal Navy ship to use Roxtec during a nine year association between the firm and BVT. Roxtec’s products can be found in a number of high profile naval ships including HMS Ark Royal, HMS Westminster & HMS Scott.

Glenn Turnbull the Engineering Executive for BVT said using Roxtec’s products saved the refit money compared with alternative sealing systems.

“Roxtec has always been keen to work with us to overcome technical issues,” O’Hare said. “We believe the unique Multi-diameter™ solution combined with a simple installation procedure is responsible for cost savings of between 15 and 20 per cent over other conventional multi cable transit systems.”

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