It would appear that the fleet of Point class providing the UK Ministry of Defence’s strategic lift service under a Private Finance Initiative has been stealthily reduced from six to four ships. The cut in numbers was only confirmed in response to a Parliamentary question into the outcome of a review of the MoD’s strategic sealift requirement, conducted in 2011.
The statement did not reveal which vessels, managed by Foreland Shipping (Guernsey), are to be sold. The PFI contract to provide a dedicated RO-RO capability as part of a newly set-up Joint Rapid Reaction Force was awarded in 2000. Six 2,650 lane-metre vessels built by Flensburger Schiffbau and Harland & Wolff were introduced between 2002 and 2003.