The deadline to bid for the decommissioned aircraft carrier HMS Invincible, which is estimated to be worth £2m in scrap value, has now closed.
Engines, generators and pumps have been removed from the ship, and just the 10,000 tonnes of mild steel is left. It is thought that the ship is most likely to be sold to a scrap metal merchant.
According to The News, a local paper in Portsmouth, the MoD confirmed it had received a number of bids but a spokeswoman added: “We are not going to go into the numbers of bids, where they are from or how much has been offered because that information is commercially sensitive.”
The ship has been docked in Portsmouth Naval Base since leaving the Royal Navy in 2005 after 25 years of service. But last year, the MoD offered her for sale on its bid website called e-disposals.com.
Ex-military vehicle handler Leavesley International has confirmed it made a bid on January 5 but would not reveal exactly how much its bid was. The firm scrapped HMS Intrepid at its Liverpool ship recycling facility in 2008.
British-based Chinese businessman Kin Bong Lam has also revealed that he has bid £5 million to turn the ship into a floating leisure centre based either in China or in Liverpool if the ship is not allowed to leave British waters.
It will take some time until the winning bid is announced, as it is not simply a case of awarding it to the highest bidder.