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Cammell Laird is awarded major conversion contract by cable giant Nexans

posted on January 7, 2010 categories New Contracts

Birkenhead based shipyard, Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders Ltd, has been awarded a major contract to lengthen a cable laying ship for Nexans AS of Norway, a subsidiary of the international French based cable giant Nexans Group.


Cammell Laird Managing Director Linton Roberts said the yard is looking forward to welcoming the Nexans Skagerrak to the yard in late January for the conversion.


“The conversion includes lengthening the ship from 106.00m to 118.5m by inserting a new hull section, the installation of an additional accommodation module and supporting systems, and the installation of a new working deck complete with cable handling equipment,” he said. “These modifications will allow the vessel to perform more extended cable laying operations. In addition to the major hull modifications, the owner is also taking advantage of the period to upgrade the existing accommodation, install new hotel systems and install new deck cranes to both extend the service life of the vessel and increase her autonomy whilst at sea. This challenging scope of work requires the full range of our trade skills and considerable engineering experience. We have already successfully completed significant pre-fabrication and engineering work in advance of the vessels arrival at Birkenhead and are eagerly looking forward to the dry-dock phase of the project.”


Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders Chief Executive John Syvret said the conversion is a ‘massive win’ for the yard showcasing its skills and facilities to the important international conversion market.


“We have a clear aim to catapult the business forward into the global marine market,” he said. “We are well known for our work with the Ministry of Defence. However, we also undertake extensive work in the commercial market and a key target for us has always been the international ship conversion industry. To be awarded a conversion of this quality from a prestigious customer such as Nexans is an endorsement of the world class skills we have in the shipyard. Moreover it confirms the quality of our facilities, including our modular shipbuilding hall, one of the largest in Europe.”


Mr Syvret emphasised that the deal will help boost the Merseyside economy.


“Last year we pumped more than £33m into the local economy,” he said. “This contract will further help maintain 200 jobs directly in the shipyard and 100 sub contracting roles. We are using many local marine services firms to help us deliver the best possible results for what is a highly technical and demanding conversion. Projects like this are the best advert possible to sell this shipyard and the Merseyside marine business ‘cluster’ to the global market.”