Cammell Laird recruits 18 new apprentices to drive future growth
Merseyside engineering firm Cammell Laird today announced it has recruited 18 new apprentices taking the total number in the business to 64 out of a total workforce of more than 750.
Ministry of Defence awards Cammell Laird five year Royal Fleet Auxiliary cluster contract extension
The Ministry of Defence has extended its Royal Fleet Auxiliary through life support ‘cluster’ contract with Birkenhead based shipyard and engineering firm Cammell Laird it announced yesterday (December 2)
Cammell Laird targets growth across marine, renewables and nuclear sectors (attached picture of Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret)
Merseyside shipyard and engineering business Cammell Laird restated its ‘driving ambition’ last night to grow across all its sectors of marine, renewables and civil nuclear in the second half of 2012, following a strong first six months of trading.
HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH SETS SAIL FROM CAMMELL LAIRD TO ROSYTH
Huge flight decks for HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, the first of the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers being built for the UK Royal Navy, will leave resurgent Merseyside engineering firm Cammell Laird today (MONDAY MAY 28) to embark on a five day journey to the east coast of Scotland.
Cammell Laird Chief Executive John Syvret CBE said the company is immensely proud to be delivering the first phase of the £44m two year project on time.
“This is a terrific contract for the company to work on and I pay tribute to our staff and suppliers who are working enormously hard with the Aircraft Carrier Alliance to deliver these magnificent flight decks,” he said. “It showcases our world class engineering facilities including our construction hall which is one of the biggest and best equipped in Europe. It further shows the depth of our workforce’s skills and expertise. Moreover, it has given our 80 strong team of apprentices invaluable experience. As our future workforce it is vital we continue to invest in young people giving them the skills our industry, and our region, needs to drive long term economic growth. Importantly the contract has also enabled us to invest heavily in our supply chain improving their ability to support our growth.”
Cammell Laird managing director Linton Roberts said:
“The successful delivery of the first phase of the contract will help reinforce our campaign to promote the Cammell Laird brand worldwide. We are actively looking to win more marine work including ship repair, conversion, refit and ship building. We are further looking to secure more heavy fabrication work in the civil nuclear, off shore renewables and engineering markets.”
A large ocean-going barge will carry the flight deck modules, which weigh more than 3,500 tonnes, known as Centre Blocks 02 (CB02), from Cammell Laird to Rosyth where the aircraft carrier will be assembled. In total five UK shipyards are involved in building the ship. Cammell Laird is due to complete the construction of further modules which will be sailed to Rosyth later in the year.
Cammell Laird has spent the last fortnight preparing the flight decks for their sail away. Over the coming days, the enormous structures will travel up the coast of Britain before arriving into Rosyth. On arrival, CB02, will be prepared for integration with the other sections of HMS Queen Elizabeth already at the Rosyth assembly site.
The aircraft carriers HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and HMS PRINCE OF WALES are being delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a unique partnering relationship between BAE Systems, Thales UK, Babcock and the UK Ministry of Defence. BAE Systems has an overarching role in managing the QE Class programme, as well as playing a central role in the design and build of the ships.
The QE Class will be the centre piece of Britain’s military capability. Each 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier will provide the armed forces with a four acre military operating base which can be deployed worldwide. The vessels will be versatile enough to be used for operations ranging from supporting war efforts to providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
Western Ferries appoints Cammell Laird as preferred bidder in multi million pound ferry contract
Gordon Ross, Managing Director of Western Ferries, today (MAY 2) announced that Western Ferries have appointed resurgent Merseyside shipyard and engineering firm Cammell Laird as its preferred bidder in a multi million pound contract to build two new vessels for the Gourock to Dunoon route.
Mr Ross said it is hoped that construction will begin in June this year with both vessels due to be delivered during the Summer, 2013. The new vessels represent the next stage in Western Ferries’ overall strategic plan to significantly improve its existing ferry service between Dunoon and Gourock which links the West Coast of Scotland to the Central Belt. The new vessels therefore represent a significant investment for Western Ferries, its employees, our customers and the local community. The new vessels will provide improved passenger accommodation and facilities for customers. They will be faster and larger than the vessels they are replacing, capacity will increase by 20% to facilitate the expected growth in carryings in the future. They will also be substantially more environmentally friendly and fuel efficient than the existing vessels therefore helping to reduce the Company’s emissions and exposure to rising fuel costs. Minimising fuel costs will also benefit our customers in the longer term as it helps to reduce inflationary pressures on future fare increases.
Commenting on this announcement, Gordon Ross said: “Western Ferries is delighted to appoint Cammell Laird as the preferred bidder to build two new ferries for its Gourock to Dunoon service. Not only was Cammell Laird’s bid the most commercially competitive, it also provided for the earliest delivery of the vessels which was a crucial factor for the Company and the local community. Despite strong international interest, Western Ferries is also very pleased that these new vessels, along with the new vessels introduced in 2001 and 2003, will be fully built in the UK.”
Linton Roberts, Managing Director of Cammell Laird said: “Cammell Laird is extremely pleased to be appointed as preferred bidder for this project and looks forward to working with the Western Ferries team over the coming months to deliver these very important new vessels.”
The vessels will be given yard hull numbers 1387 and 1388, indicating the strong tradition of shipbuilding at Cammell Laird to which they will be a worthy addition.
John Syvret CBE, Chief Executive Officer of Cammell Laird said: “This project is a welcome addition to the already diverse range of offshore, commercial and military projects underway within the yard, and will compliment the successful module construction work we have been undertaking in support of the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.”
The awarding of this project demonstrates Cammell Laird’s commitment to the continued growth of the business in all markets.
Drydocking date for tall ship at Cammell Laird
Cammell Laird shipyard will be drawing on its ship repairing heritage when it undertakes the dry docking later this month of one of Britain’s finest modern built tall ships.
The spectacular Stavros S Niarchos is the flagship vessel of the Tall Ship Youth Trust. The 200ft brig is arriving in Merseyside this week for drydocking after undertaking a series of open days and day sails for the public. The day sails will take place between April 24 to 29 and will leave from the Liverpool Cruise Terminal.Tall Ships Youth Trust spokesman Peter Farby said the trust is enormously grateful to Cammell Laird for undertaking the drydocking to support the charity. “It is hugely exciting to be bringing the Stavros to Liverpool a maritime city steeped in tall ship history,” he said. “It is very fitting that Cammell Laird should be repairing such a fine vessel ahead of the open days and day sails. We urge local people to take advantage of this wonderful and rare opportunity to sail aboard a tall ship and help support our charity and the work we do with young people.” Mr Farby said as a gesture of thanks to Cammell Laird a number of its apprentices will be swapping their tools for the top deck and joining the ship on one of its day sails.
Cammell Laird chief executive, John Syvret, said the company is delighted to support the work of such a worthwhile maritime youth charity.
“Cammell Laird is committed to supporting youth work in the community,” he said. “The Tall Ships Youth Trust does a huge amount of good work and we look forward to welcoming the Stavros to Birkenhead and undertaking the dry docking and repairs.”
To find out more or book a place, call the Tall Ships Adventures Reservations Team on 023 9283 2055 or visit www.tallships.org
RWE npower renewables awards Gwynt y Môr engineering contract to Merseyside’s Cammell Laird
RWE npower renewables (RWE NRL) today announces a multi-million pound contract with Birkenhead-based engineering firm Cammell Laird to support the construction of Gwynt y Môr, one of the largest offshore wind farms in construction in Europe.
The contract will be Cammell Laird’s first major deal in the rapidly expanding offshore wind industry. The contract will see investment ploughed into new infrastructure at Cammell Laird’s River Mersey base, where the company is growing a centre of global engineering excellence, serving the offshore renewables, civil nuclear, engineering and maritime sectors.
In addition to the three-year contract, worth in excess of £5million, RWE NRL and Cammell Laird have also signed an engineering services agreement, enabling the renewables company to use the wealth of engineering and technical support offered by Cammell Laird to assist with the project. The relationship with Cammell Laird is expected to lead to a significant amount of work for the company with over a million pound of steel fabrication work committed already.
RWE npower renewables’ Gwynt y Môr project director Toby Edmonds said: “We are delighted to be able to able to work for the first time with Cammell Laird, a very capable and experienced shipbuilder, port operator and engineering partner.“Through Gwynt y Môr, the port of Cammell Laird now has the opportunity to showcase its capability to the offshore industry and take advantage of even more offshore opportunities in the future.
“Gwynt y Môr is the largest offshore wind farm we have ever built, and due to the size of the undertaking our best approach is to establish key relationships with partners who are able to help us deliver the project. With Cammell Laird on board, we have a strong construction operation now in place, and look forward to starting offshore works.”
Cammell Laird chief executive John Syvret added: “This is an immensely important contract for the company to sign. It catapults us further into the offshore renewables market and showcases the breadth of skills and expertise we have to offer to the broader engineering market, as well as the maritime sector.“We hope this deal helps express the scale of our ambition and reinforces our standing as one of the world’s leading engineering companies. Our vision has always been to generate wealth and secure long-term skilled jobs on Merseyside.
“The UK economy needs a dynamic, skilled engineering sector to drive future growth and this contract shows what can be achieved on Merseyside. Cammell Laird.is hugely excited by the prospect of building a long and lasting relationship with RWE npower renewables, which has such an impressive track record in the offshore marine energy sector.”
The contract is to provide port and quayside facilities for RWE to load and fit out the foundations for the offshore wind turbines. At 50-70 metres long, up to six metres in diameter - about the same as an Airbus A380 passenger jet - and weighing up to 700 tonnes, these are some of the largest steel monopiles ever used in the construction of a wind farm, anywhere in the world.
RWE npower renewables’ specially commissioned £100 million Seabreeze construction vessels – among the most modern and versatile vessels built to date - will operate out of Cammell Laird‘s Birkenhead facility to undertake foundation installation.
Once the construction work is completed in 2014 the operations base will take over at Port of Mostyn, in Flintshire, Wales.
This contract will enable significant investment in portside facilities, securing existing and generating new, skilled and long term local jobs.
At 576MW, Gwynt y Môr will be one of the largest offshore wind farms currently in construction in Europe, and is being built by RWE npower renewables. The project is a shared investment between partners RWE Innogy, Stadtwerke München GmbH and Siemens(2). Once fully operational, energy generation from Gwynt y Môr is expected to be equivalent to the average annual needs of around 400,000 homes(3).
Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm is being constructed 13 kilometres off the North Wales coast, in water depths of 12-28 metres, and was granted approval by DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) back in December 2008.
Construction of the €2billion Gwynt y Môr project began in November 2009 when work to prepare land at St Asaph for the construction of a new 132/400kV substation was carried out by North Wales civil engineering company Jones Bros. Onshore cable installation work is being carried out by Wrexham firm Prysmian, and is now well underway, while construction of the substation is being carried out by Siemens and National Grid, and is also well advanced.
Foundation installation will take approximately two years and is expected to be finished by 2014. First generation is expected in 2013 and it is anticipated that the wind farm will become fully operational towards the end of 2014.
Ian Pollitt Development Surveyor for Peel Holding Limited said: “Since Peel acquired the site we have been working closely with Cammell Laird , Peel Ports, The Mersey Partnership and Wirral Borough Council to bring new business to the Cammell Laird shipyard. The deal with RWE npower renewables is a fantastic boost for the Wirral and puts the site in a very strong position for the rapidly expanding West coast UK offshore renewables market. For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Cammell Laird site will be fully occupied and with the diversity of uses , the future is looking very exciting.”
Cllr Steve Foulkes, Leader of Wirral Council said: “The signing of this landmark contract represents an exciting step forward in Wirral’s ambitions to become a global leader in the offshore wind industry. Cammell Laird is uniquely placed to offer landmass, skilled workforce, port and harbour facilities and an established supply chain and by working with RWE npower renewables, the UK’s leading renewable energy developers and operators, Cammell Laird and Wirral are well positioned to grab a substantial piece of what is predicted to become a £75bn industry employing 70,000 people by 2020.”
Jim Wilkie, Chief Executive of Wirral Council said: “Offshore renewable energy is a rapidly growing multi billion pound global industry and we are uniquely placed in Wirral because of our geography and existing skills to become an ideal base for these industries to flourish. Cammell Laird has long been an important employer in Wirral and I am pleased that the yard is continuing to evolve and diversify so that it remains at the forefront of engineering in the Northwest for many years to come.”
The Mersey Partnership Chief Executive Lorraine Rogers said: “This is a significant development for Cammell Laird and the Liverpool City Region’s low carbon economy.
“Two years ago we weren’t on the official DECC map in terms of west coast UK offshore wind supply chain developments. TMP has been working with Cammell Laird and other partners to identify our assets and promote them extensively across this growing sector.
To have RWE npower renewables, one of the industry’s biggest players, investing here is an endorsement of the benefits on offer to the offshore wind sector and positions the City Region well to seek further investment from the massive planned offshore developments in the Irish Sea.”
“This investment signifies the City Region’s potential in a key market for the UK economy.”
Birkenhead MP Frank Field said: “This is great news for Birkenhead, great news for those people looking for work, and great news for confidence in Cammell Laird.”
Cammell Laird’s traditional skills restore old tall ship
Tall ship Zebu had a major overhaul at Cammell Laird, proving the shipyard’s ability to handle any ship. The 120-gross ton wooden brigantine, built in Sweden in 1938, was dry-docked in Birkenhead for hull repairs. Zebu, owned by Mersey Heritage Trust, is based at Albert Dock, Liverpool.
“Cammell Laird shipyard is a reservoir of fantastic traditional skills,” said the trust’s Susan Hanley-Place.
John Syvret, Cammell Laird chief executive, said: “We’re proud to retain a broad range of abilities.”< Back to latest news
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