Cammell Laird Targets Shipbuilding Growth After Busy Start to Year

June 12, 2019 – Merseyside UK shipyard and marine engineering services company Cammell Laird is reporting a strong first four months of 2019, with 25 ships arriving for drydocking and repairs during the period. In total Cammell Laird has received 11 ferries at its famous Birkenhead site from January to the end of April, along with 14 other vessels. The successful start to the year has involved work carried out for 13 different clients, aided by repeat business for a number of customers. The period also saw inaugural arrival of…

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Cammell Laird announces dismantling of two 60-year-old cranes

May 29, 2019 – Cammell Laird is sad to announce the pending dismantling of two cranes at the Birkenhead yard, 60 years after their installation. The two cranes which sit adjacent to No 4 and 5 dock were taken out of service and removed from day to day operations in February as a result of the continuing non-availability of spares and equipment to sustain their safe working use. Since this time, operations have been managed and undertaken using modern mobile cranage to support the production processes. Whilst out of service…

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Cammell Laird completes £44million RFA Fort Victoria refit

May 7, 2019 – Supply ship Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Fort Victoria, one of the largest vessels operated by the UK Ministry of Defence, has put to sea following the completion of a £44 million refit by Birkenhead-based (Liverpool City Region, UNITED KINGDOM) shipyard and marine engineering services provider Cammell Laird. The year-long program of work, represented phase two of RFA Fort Victoria’s life extension program to keep her in service until 2025. Dubbed ‘Britain’s number one pirate catcher’ after playing a key role in numerous counter-piracy operations off the…

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Cammell Laird Strengthens Management Team

April 1, 2019 – Cammell Laird is announcing a series of changes to its senior management team to support ambitious growth plans. The restructure sees company founder and CEO John Syvret CBE extend his role to executive chairman, Tony Graham, meanwhile becomes chief operating officer having led Cammell Laird’s Type 31e bid and Paul Owen joins the company from the defense industry to become managing director. Linton Roberts takes up a new role as group technical director sales and marketing. Syvret said the newly strengthened team will enable the…

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RFA Tidespring Enters Refit at Cammell Laird

March 5, 2019 – The 39,000 tonne Tide-class tanker RFA Tidespring has moored at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead, UK for its inaugural docking period. Its arrival marks the start of two Through Life Support contracts that will see the UK shipyard and engineering company maintain nine vessels of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) over the next 10 years. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) announced in October 2018 that Cammell Laird had been chosen to provide support to all four Tide class tankers – RFA Tidespring, RFA Tiderace, RFA Tidesurge and…

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Cammell Laird Welcomes Publication of Maritime 2050 Strategy

February 4, 2019 – Cammell Laird has welcomed the release of Maritime 2050, a strategy document detailing the UK government’s vision and ambitions for the future of Britain’s maritime sector over the next three decades. The wide-ranging paper was written following input from maritime industry leaders, academics, specialists from other sectors and promotional bodies. The government hopes its recommendations will “set the UK as a pre-eminent global test-bed of emerging technology, enabling the country to capitalize on the economic potential of maritime innovations”. The report contains a range of short,…

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BAE Systems and Cammell Laird release joint statement on Type 31e Competitive Design Phase contract

December 12, 2018 – A joint statement from BAE Systems and Cammell Laird said: “We are pleased to have been shortlisted for the next stage of the Type 31e program. Our bid for the Type 31e combines proven engineering capability, warship design and combat management systems that will deliver critical capability to meet the Royal Navy’s requirements and an attractive proposition for international customers. We remain fully committed to working with the MOD to progress this important program.”

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Cammell Laird Shortlisted with UK Team for Fleet Solid Support Shipbuilding Project

December 1, 2018 – Cammell Laird is delighted to have been shortlist as part of a syndicate of British firms, to compete to build three Fleet Solid Support ships for the UK Ministry of Defence. Defence Minister Stuart Andrew announced the shortlist and the British consortium is made up of  Cammell Laird, Babcock, BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce. They join Italian firm Fincantieri, Spanish company Navantia, Japan Marine United Corporation, and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering of South Korea as the five successful firms who have been invited to submit a tender for…

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Shipbuilding Firms Chosen for Fleet Solid Support Competition

November 30, 2018 – A syndicate of British firms, along with four international shipbuilding companies, have been selected to compete for the Fleet Solid Support ships contract, Defence Minister Stuart Andrew has announced. The crucial vessels, which will deliver ammunition, food and supplies to UK forces across the globe, will work alongside the Royal Navy’s fleet of warships and will be an important part of the UK Maritime Task Group. The British consortium is made up of leading manufacturing and engineering companies Babcock, BAE Systems, Cammell Laird and Rolls-Royce. They…

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Cammell Laird Workers Speak Out Against Strike Action

November 28, 2018 – Many Cammell Laird workers who are against the current strike action have felt without a voice. Today we are giving some of those within the Cammell Laird family the opportunity to air their concerns about the danger the company is being put in and directly appeal to their colleagues to end the counterproductive strike action. “I have worked at Cammell Lairds 15 years and we have always felt like a big family, like every family we have good and bad times, nobody wants to see…

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RFA Fort Victoria Returns from Refit

November 8, 2018 – Nearly ready to take up her place in HMS Queen Elizabeth’s task group is supply ship RFA Fort Victoria – at sea for the first time this year. The 24-year-old support ship is heading for Faslane after leaving Birkenhead, her home for more than 12 months, as her sailors prepare for renewed front-line duties. In the hands of the world-famous Cammell Laird yard – where battleships HMS Prince of Wales and Rodney, the third and fourth HMS Ark Royal were built – Fort Vic underwent both…

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Cammell Laird wins 10-year RFA support contracts worth £619 million

October 6, 2018 – Merseyside, UK-based shipyard and engineering company Cammell Laird says winning two 10-year contracts to support the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA – see notes to editors), worth an estimated £619million, is a massive boost for the company and will enable it to continue to invest in its workforce, apprenticeship programme and infrastructure. In total Cammell Laird said winning the contract will sustain more than 300 jobs at the company and in the supply chain and create more than 100 apprenticeships. Cammell Laird previously held an RFA cluster…

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New £1bn Deal to Support Navy Operations Will Support Over 700 British Jobs for a Decade, Defence Minister Announces

October 7, 2018 – Defence Minister Stuart Andrew has announced that new contracts expected to be worth over £1bn have been signed with British firms to support military ships for the next decade. The contracts, which will secure over 700 jobs at shipyards across the country, will support the UK’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships and the Royal Navy’s Survey and Hydrographic Fleet. The deal covers 17 ships and will improve how spares, repairs and maintenance work are carried out. The successful companies will work on the ships at dockyards around…

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Maritime Conference Hears Cammell Laird’s Vision to Revive British Shipbuilding

September 27, 2018 – Cammell Laird project director Tony Graham was invited to address those attending the Society and the Sea conference held at the University of Greenwich. Mr Graham leads Cammell Laird’s campaign to build five Type 31e warships for the UK Royal Navy worth an estimated £1.25billion. The ship design known as Leander is further being marketed to foreign navies, a move which could generate a huge amount of work and income for the UK shipbuilding industry. The conference, with the strapline Investinblue – the Values of the…

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Cammell Laird Builds 2,000 Strong Supply Chain in Type 31e Bid

August 20, 2018 – Birkenhead-based shipbuilder Cammell Laird has announced it has built a network of more than 2,000 suppliers as it steps up its bid to build a cutting-edge warship. The shipyard and engineering services company says it is registering more than five new suppliers every week as it builds its Leander Frigate supply chain. Cammell Laird BAE Systems Leander Frigate. Copyright BAE Systems The business is bidding to build five Type 31e frigates for the Royal Navy after the Ministry of Defence took its first steps to reopening…

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