ENGIE Solutions wins the Maintenance in Operational Condition contract for the Beautemps-Beaupré

After the contract for the “Astrolabe” polar patrol vessel that it won at the end of 2020, CNN MCO has just won the Maintenance in Operational Condition (MOC) contract for Beautemps-Beaupré, the Brest-based Naval hydrographic and oceanographic vessel. Another achievement for ENGIE Solutions’ MOC specialist and further acknowledgement of its tried and tested expertise – which will be put to good use on the vessel.


A five-year MOC contract for the Beautemps-Beaupré

The Beautemps-Beaupré, which has been in active service since December 2003, is based in Brest and is a scientific vessel that the French Navy makes available to the SHOM* and the IFREMER**. One of its main tasks involves mapping ocean floors, it was designed to be in operation 300 days a year on all waters. Two crews of 29 sailors and 21 hydrographers work in continuous shifts.

This new contract covers the MOC of both the Beautemps-Beaupré and its three hydrographic survey launches, as well as the carrying out of major work on upgrading the vessel's facilities so as to extend their service lives.


Expertise already put to good use with previous contracts

As this new year gets under way, ENGIE Solutions has secured a new win with this new MOC contract for the Beautemps-Beaupré. A mission that CNN MCO had already carried out under an initial maintenance contract on the same vessel from January 2013 until February 2016.

A few months after the end of the first contract, CNN MCO landed a contract to completely overhaul the vessel's scientific resources. To forestall the ageing of these resources and their imminent obsolescence, the French National Navy wanted to replace the equipment for acquiring hydrographic and oceanographic data which was installed when the vessel was built in 2002, and bolster its operational potential for the next 15 years.


* Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de la Marine – the Naval Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service

** Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer – the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea