Cammell Laird shortlisted in Mersey Maritime Industry Awards
Cammell Laird has been shortlisted at the forthcoming Mersey Maritime Ltd Industry Awards 2020 for the Environmental Impact award.
The nomination was made for the iconic shipbuilder’s once-in-a-lifetime work on polar research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough.
The Birkenhead business is down to the final three in the category, which will be subject to an industry vote in February.
The announcement comes as Cammell Laird prepares for the ship to set sail for the first time later in 2020 after several years in which it has put the area on the national and international stage.
Commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council (part of UK Research and Innovation) and operated by the British Antarctic Survey, the project was the largest commercial shipbuilding contract in Britain for 30 years – a research ship designed to keep Britain at the forefront of world-leading research in Antarctica and the Arctic.
All eyes were on the shipyard when Sir David Attenborough himself launched the vessel in 2018 and again in 2019, when he was joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the official naming ceremony – a three-day celebration that attracted 10,000 visitors.
The pride in the area, through the achievements of Cammell Laird, has been felt locally by all involved in the organisation, from first-generation workers to those who have gone on to follow in the footsteps of countless family members before them.
The build created 20 apprenticeship positions, setting the stall for the next generation of shipbuilders to join the business, as well as greater security for the wider workforce. It also gave the opportunity for Cammell Laird’s suppliers to create jobs and benefit from the strong pipeline of work and the new skills gained from working on a high-profile project.
Chief operating officer Tony Graham said: “Our work on the RRS Sir David Attenborough reaffirmed Cammell Laird’s status as a quality shipbuilder. This success could only have been made possible, however, thanks to the strong partnerships we have formed with our suppliers and we are delighted that the local economy was able to share in the work created by building this iconic ship. The success of the shipyard will now be defined by what follows RRS Sir David Attenborough and how well we execute those orders.”
“We are pleased to have been received this award nomination and would hope that our partners recognise the vital part they have played in this accolade.”