Mersey Maritime - A driving force for the maritime industry on merseysideMersey Maritime - A driving force for the maritime industry on merseyside


By Annette Parker

Cammell Laird shipyard has thrown its weight behind the unveiling on 6 September 2017 of a new National Shipbuilding Strategy by Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon.

Commenting Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret CBE said:

“Today’s announcement is the most significant change to the UK military shipbuilding industry in decades. This is bold and ambitious and will provide the industry with a unique opportunity to pursue export opportunities and create a cost effective and self generating highly skilled industrial base. In adopting the shrewd recommendations of the Sir John Parker report the Government’s new National Shipbuilding Strategy will revitalise the sector making the procurement process more competitive and stream lined leading to significant efficiencies and economies of scale to the benefit of the UK taxpayer.

“Having an internationally competitive industrial base will create jobs and wealth for multiple communities around the country. Growing the UK navy, and working in partnership with our large blue chip technology industries can result in Britain once again being a proud and world leading shipbuilding nation. Here on Merseyside Cammell Laird will be looking to continue its proud tradition of naval shipbuilding, deploying the innovation and cost benefits from our commercial work to support the Ministry of Defence. We believe we are well placed to play a leading role in building the first batch of Type 31 frigates for our Navy. Moreover, due to our 130 acre site, infrastructure, workforce and management teams, we have the ambition determination and capacity to deliver the export version our international allies.”


About A.Parker
MERSEY MARITIME Mersey Maritime is the representative body for the Maritime Sector and related industry sectors operating across the UK's Liverpool City Region, bringing together over 1250 businesses whose activities contribute some £3.47bn - or 13% - to the region's GDP. The cluster is the broadest and largest outside of London, reflecting Liverpool's long history as a maritime mercantile city. As a city region that has maritime embedded in its DNA, Mersey Maritime is working in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University to address an agenda centred on skills, innovation, R&D and business support that will help facilitate further growth and job creation. The organisation is co-located with LJMU at the Maritime Knowledge Hub in Birkenhead, Wirral (UK).


Mersey Maritime is one of Europe’s most successful maritime cluster organisations, representing the interests of over 1700 Maritime, Logistics and Energy businesses on Merseyside and beyond.

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