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More than a Shipyard – Cammell Laird visit

posted on November 10, 2014 categories Corporate News

More than a Shipyard – Cammell Laird visit

On 1st October 2014 Cammell Laird Ship repairers & Ship builders opened its facilities in Birkenhead to 30 IET delegates. This event of was organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Mersey & and Western Cheshire Network Manufacturing & Management Group in partnership with Cammell Laird.

Visitors had the opportunity to gain an insight into the operations of Cammell Laird and enjoy an extensive and most interesting site visit.

The visitors were welcomed by John Eldridge, Principal Engineer (Nuclear), who in his presentation highlighted the Cammell Laird long and illustrious history in marine and heavy engineering, together with its reputation for delivering fast, cost effective and innovative solutions.



The presentation was followed by an extensive professionally guided tour of the facilities, where the visitors were shown around one of the largest modular construction halls in Europe and an extensive range of workshops.

Cammell Laird is one of the most well known names in British industry. Today the company is rapidly expanding as a cutting-edge engineering services specialist. Its highly skilled workforce and extensive world class facilities are used to support a broad range of sectors and projects.

The business is active in the industrial services and energy sector. It has become a hub of the off-shore wind industry, seeing major investment in its port side infrastructure and facilities.

The company is also working in the civil nuclear sector where it has built upon its core engineering strengths, demonstrating how its modular construction facility can deliver optimised solutions.

Cammell Laird has continued to develop its capability in the marine sector and is a world leader specialising in Military ship refit, commercial ship repair, upgrade and conversion and shipbuilding.




“An excellent visit. The tour enabled me to see what I’ve always wanted to see – the ships in their docks. I’m glad I made the effort despite concerns about mobility.”

“A very enjoyable, informative and well attended event, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Many thanks to you and your team for organising it, and of course thanks must also go to Cammell Laird for allowing us to visit their site. I am looking forward to the next event now!”

“We thoroughly enjoyed the event. It was fascinating and we got to see a lot more than I expected to see. Our hosts were excellent at explaining things and answering all sorts of questions that were being asked. It was a privilege being allowed behind the scenes and being able to marvel at the work that goes on there.“

“Thank you for arranging the event yesterday. I found it fascinating as I knew nothing of either shipbuilding or ship repair. John mentioned some very key facts of the re-born Cammell Laird and the importance of on-time delivery within budget to their competitiveness.”


There is not much to add to the positive feedback in the testimonials, except to say a big thank you to the Cammell Laird team who helped us achieve such an astounding success. A special thank you to John Eldridge, who gave an insight into the complex operations of their businesses; the Maritime and Engineering college for so generously sharing their facilities; the excellent guides; and to the apprentice team.

We hope that the cooperation between Cammell Laird and the Institution of Engineering and Technology Mersey & Western Cheshire Network Manufacturing & Management Group will lead to further events in the future.

Andrew Kaldos