Cammell Laird comments on National Shipbuilding Strategy
Commenting on the publication of the National Shipbuilding Strategy Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret, CBE said:
“Cammell Laird was pleased to attend a Whitehall briefing by Sir John Parker on his vision for a new National Shipbuilding Strategy. It was clear that he and his team have left no stone unturned during their thorough and detailed review of the market sector, and the competitiveness, capability and capacity of all organisations who have played a part, or could play a part, in future UK naval shipbuilding requirements. I am delighted to see that his report recognises and underpins the important role and support that the commercial shipbuilding sector has delivered to date, and how it could add further value in the future. I absolutely agree with its conclusions which provide a platform to re-energise the UK naval and commercial shipbuilding industry.
Cammell Laird and the UK commercial maritime sector can compete with the very best ship builders in the world, when we work together and share best practice. We demonstrated that by winning the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) contract to build the new polar research vessel the Sir David Attenborough, here we beat off global competition to win the biggest commercial ship building contract in 30 years in the UK.
It has taken some time and we have had to learn some very hard lessons but I am certain that our highly skilled management and workforce teams can add real value in helping take the UK back to the very top of the premier league of global shipbuilding. When this strategy is rolled out it will provide a massive boost to our local communities by creating more highly skilled jobs within the business and supply chain. However, it is essential that we maintain our diversification strategy so we are not entirely dependent on a single market or customer. We need to continue to aggressively pursue and win other contracts which support UK export opportunities.”