Cammell Laird completes £2.7m ferry conversion project
Birkenhead shipyard and engineering firm Cammell Laird has completed a £2.7m contract to update and lengthen the MV Hoy Head car ferry for Orkney Islands Council.
The contract completion marks a busy period for Cammell Laird in the ferry market. The company is also well underway with a multi million pound contract to build two new vehicle and passenger vessels for Scottish based ferry operator Western Ferries.
Cammell Laird Managing Director Linton Roberts said the work on the MV Hoy Head has increased the car capacity on the vessel from 14 to 24 cars or for up to three 16.5 metre HGVs and seven cars. This means the vessel now has the highest load capacity in the Orkney Ferries fleet which adds considerable extra capacity for the Orkney Islands of Hoy and Flotta, the communities served by the Hoy Head.
“We are delighted to complete this contract which again demonstrates our strength in the ferry repair, conversion and build market,” he said. “We are ideally placed to win more work in this sector given our expertise, track record and ability to deliver on time and to cost effective budgets. This contract further continues our long association of providing vital support to island communities around the UK.”
Mr Roberts said as well as increasing capacity, the project upgraded the propulsion and control systems and improved the manoeuvrability and carbon footprint of the vessel. The passenger accommodation was also upgraded.
Councillor James Stockan, chair of the Council’s Development and Infrastructure Committee, said: “We are very grateful to Cammell Laird for performing such an excellent conversion to the MV Hoy Head. We have enjoyed working closely with the shipyard and its knowledgeable highly skilled team who have been dedicated, committed and driven to deliver for us. We strongly recommend Cammell Laird and its workmanship.
“We are delighted to welcome the MV Hoy Head back to Orkney waters. Extending the length of the Hoy Head will enable Orkney Ferries to meet growing demand for services to Lyness and Flotta.
“It will help alleviate congestion and provide better opportunities for residents and visitors to travel at the times most convenient to them.
“This project will provide a social and economic boost for the South Isles.”