Steel has been cut for a MARS tanker being built by DSME in Okpo, South Korea, BMT Group Ltd said via social media.
The tankers have been designed by BMT for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) and will offer logistical support to the Royal Navy by providing fuel and fresh water to naval vessels at sea.
This new addition to the fleet is due to be in service with the RFA from 2016 onwards.
The MARS Tanker is described by BMT as a bespoke double hull design which utilises commercial off the shelf technologies and provides low through life costs to meet the requirements of the UK Ministry of Defence.
WMN Staff, June 27, 2014; Image: BMT Group