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Cammell Laird targets growth across marine, renewables and nuclear sectors

posted on August 21, 2012 categories Corporate News

Merseyside shipyard and engineering business Cammell Laird restated its ‘driving ambition’ last night to grow across all its sectors of marine, renewables and civil nuclear in the second half of 2012, following a strong first six months of trading.

The world famous Birkenhead based company said it had undertaken more than 180 marine contracts for commercial clients and the Ministry of Defence between January and June 2012. The work employed more than 800 workers directly, including more than 80 apprentices, and a further 700 subcontractors. In total Cammell Laird introduced 200 additional workers over its core number to support the business in this extremely busy period.

Cammell Laird Managing Director Linton Roberts said to date 2012 had seen the company consolidate its position in the marine sector completing contracts for more 40 clients. He said the work mainly focused on drydocking, repairs and maintenance. The vessels worked on included ferries, tugs, off shore support ships and tankers.

Mr Roberts said the company also completed extensive work in the first half of 2012 for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) as part of its 25-year through life support contract to maintain 11 ships in the fleet. The work includes four extensive refits in Birkenhead on the RFA Wave Knight, RFA Black Rover, RFA Diligence and RFA Fort Austin. All are due to complete by the autumn. The company has further undertaken work for the RFA at shipyards around the UK and the world as part of the global reach element of the contract. This includes Assisted Maintenance Periods (AMPs) in Simonstown South Africa, Charleston, South Carolina in the United States and Port Rashid in the United Arab Emirates. In total the RFA contract has employed more than 500 workers in 2012.

Mr Roberts also pointed to substantial progress on its contract to build the flight decks for the new HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier. In May five modules weighing more than 3500 tonnes were dispatched by ocean going barge to the Rosyth Dockyard in Scotland. The final modules in the contract are due to be completed in the autumn. The carrier project has employed 260 workers plus sub contractors in 2012.

Cammell Laird Chief Executive John Syvret said the contracts demonstrate Cammell Laird is one of Europe’s leading shipyards for commercial and MOD ship refit, repair and construction work.

“We have worked hard to build a formidable workforce with extensive experience and expertise for shipyard and engineering work,” he said. “That workforce enables us to undertake complex and demanding projects – as these contracts demonstrate. The second half of 2012 will see the business continue to perform robustly with a steady flow of marine and engineering work. This includes undertaking a ship conversion for the Orkney Islands Council ferry the MV Hoy Head and we have agreed a contract to build two new vessels for Western Ferries. We are further actively looking to win new business and are keen to welcome potential customers to our site in Birkenhead to see our world class facilities and meet our management team and workforce.”

Mr Syvret said a prime objective for 2012 and beyond is to grow the business’ work in the off shore renewables and civil nuclear sectors.

“We have made progress this year in preparing the yard’s infrastructure to support our contract with RWE to service the construction of the Gwynt y Mor off shore windfarm,” he said. “This is our first significant contract in the off shore wind industry which holds considerable potential for us given our skill set, facilities and geographical position. The civil nuclear sector is also massive for us and we believe our partnership with Nuvia and Ansaldo Nucleare thrusts us right to the forefront of the multi billion pound new build programme. As a partnership we can provide the complete nuclear new build engineering solution.”