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Cammell Laird shipyard announces last places for Type 31e warship supplier conference

Cammell Laird says a limited number of tickets are still available to businesses for its Type 31e Frigate Programme suppliers conference on Tuesday February 20.

Type 31e project director Tony Graham, pictured, said the event, being held with industry body the Society of Maritime Industries, is being moved to a larger venue, the Village Hotel in Bromborough, Wirral to accommodate increased interest.

Mr Graham said the conference will explore the requirements of the Type 31e programme worth £1.25billion. The procurement process to design and build five Royal Navy T31e frigates was launched by the Government in 2017 and a major goal of the programme is to attract export orders (see background below). Cammell Laird is bidding for the tender as prime contractor, in a teaming agreement with BAE Systems with a warship design known as ‘Leander’, see attached picture.

Tony Graham Cammell Laird Type 31 project director 4

“The conference is aimed at Tier 1 and Tier 2 sub-contractors and the wider supply chain,” said Mr Graham. “The day will include presentations from Cammell Laird senior management on the overall programme and will be followed by an opportunity for suppliers to engage in one-to-one discussions with procurement and technical managers from the shipyard. There will also be an opportunity for delegates to tour the shipyard.”


Mr Graham said the conference is open to UK and international businesses reflecting the export nature of the programme.


“We are looking to work with innovative companies in the UK and overseas who can offer a great product, a great price and great quality,” he said. “Having a strong supplier base will be important if we are to win the UK bid. However, we are well aware that our export customers will have a preference for certain types of equipment and suppliers. This is why we are engaging both nationally and internationally to test the adaptability of ‘Leander’. More widely we are looking for companies with a good knowledge of warship building who can offer our bid expertise and insight.”




For further details contact the Society of Maritime Industries Tel: 020 7628 2555


The price per delegate for participation in the event, including refreshments and the networking buffet luncheon is £125 + VAT (Total £150).

A discount is available for members of the Society of Maritime Industries who pay £75 + VAT (Total £90)



On 06 September 2017 the Government unveiled an ambitious new National Shipbuilding Strategy which meets the challenge set by Sir John Parker last November in his review of the sector.

Sir John Parker’s independent report into British naval shipbuilding proposed far-reaching recommendations to transform the UK maritime industry and boost the prosperity of regions, shipyards and maritime supply chains across the country.

The National Shipbuilding Strategy sees the Government accept Sir John’s recommendations and step up to what he called a prospective ‘renaissance’ in British shipbuilding. Building on the Government’s industrial strategy, it outlines an ambition to transform the procurement of naval ships, make the UK’s maritime industry more competitive, grow the Royal Navy fleet by the 2030s, export British ships overseas, and boost innovation, skills, jobs, and productivity across the UK.

The strategy announced the Government’s plan to procure new Type 31e General Purpose Frigates. A price cap has been set of no more than £250M each for the first batch of five frigates. In line with standing UK policy on warships they will be built in the UK. The first ships are set to be in-service by 2023. Shipyards will be encouraged to work with global partners to ensure the vessel is competitive on the export market.

Cammell Laird background

Cammell Laird is one of the most famous names in British industry with roots tracing back to the early 19thCentury.

The business is located on the River Mersey, in the Liverpool City Region, on the West Coast of England. It is in the centre of a marine cluster, with direct access to many support services. It has a 120 acre site with four dry docks, a non-tidal wet basin, large modular construction hall and extensive covered workshops.

Cammell Laird specialises in shipbuilding, military ship refit, commercial ship repair, upgrade and conversion and heavy fabrication and engineering. It deals with a wide variety of projects ranging from specialist offshore conversions and fabrication, commercial ship-repair through to the refit and upgrade of highly complex naval auxiliaries.  Cammell Laird is demonstrating its global competitiveness by securing a string of shipbuilding orders.

The business is further active in the energy sector. It has become a hub of the off shore wind industry and it is offering its facilities and highly trained workforce of engineers for work in the civil nuclear sector and the off shore oil and gas sector.