Modular construction expertise put Cammell Laird back in the premier league of shipbuilding

October 22, 2019 – A crowd of thousands gathered at Cammell Laird’s shipyard in Birkenhead on September 26 for the official naming of RRS Sir David Attenborough. This ground-breaking polar research vessel pushes the boundaries of marine engineering technology, and underlines the breadth and depth of modular construction expertise on offer in Birkenhead. RRS Sir David Attenborough is one of the most technologically advanced commercial ships ever built in the UK. The process saw Cammell Laird make full use of its heavy fabrication facilities on the banks of the River…

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Cammell Laird Throws Weight Behind Plans for two £150m Disaster Relief Ships

October 9, 2019 – Cammell Laird is supporting plans by former international development secretary Penny Mordant for the building of two £150m disaster relief ships, paid for from the foreign aid budget. Daily Telegraph has reported this week that the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been in talks with Ms Mordaunt over plans dubbed “Britannia 2.0” for two new ships to be deployed around the world to help with relief efforts and also promoting British business. Under the plans one of the new ships would be called “Britannia” and the…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth put through her paces during Westlant 19 deployment

October 7, 2019 – HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of Britain’s two new aircraft carriers, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia last month as part of the 65,000-tonne warship’s second-ever international visit. Cammell Laird completed a two-and-a-half year, multi-million pound project to build flight decks for the carrier in March 2013. The award of a £44m contract by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance in late 2009 saw the company begin an extensive process of preparing its site to accommodate the manufacture of these huge steel structures. Cammell Laird’s shipyard on the banks…

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HMS Prince of Wales prepares to embark on maiden voyage

September 19, 2019 – HMS Prince of Wales, the UK’s newest aircraft carrier, is expected to embark on her maiden voyage in the coming days. Cammell Laird is proud to have played a key role in the construction of this magnificent vessel – one of the most powerful surface warships ever constructed in the UK. Following Cammell Laird’s successful completion of nine units for the first Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier, the company’s block building expertise was called upon once again in 2013. As part of a new contract awarded by…

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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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