Cammell Laird’s ship repair division reports significant growth

Birkenhead shipyard, Cammell Laird, said its commercial ship repair division experienced significant growth towards the end of 2023, up by 50% from this time last year.

In the past two months alone the facility has welcomed more than 11 vessels for ship repair works – including new and returning customers.

Cammell Laird now operates as part of the wider APCL Group of shipbuilders and shiprepairers, which has helped the movement of vessels across all four facilities.

In addition to the company’s recent shipbuilding contract with Mersey Ferries, Cammell Laird also undertook the Royal Iris of the Mersey’s annual maintenance works which included overhaul on both rudders, pulling of both shafts, new seals and steelwork inserts on her hull.

Other vessels include returning customer Isle of Man Steam Packet Company’s Manannan, Boskalis’ Deo Gloria, Svitzer Pembroke, Boskalis Freeway, Svitzer Surrey, Calmac Ferry the Lord of the Isles and Vos Patriot.

Mike Hill, Cammell Laird managing director, said: “I am delighted to see our commercial division so busy which is up 50% from this time last year.

“Over the past few months we have seen significant growth and dock utilisation across as well as having multi-ship, multi-year framework agreements in place with several customers.

“It is a fantastic end to 2023 and we look forward to welcoming further vessels in 2024.”

Separately, the yard has announced it has won a £2m contract to build two mooring dolphins in the River Mersey for Stanlow Oil Refinery operator Essar Oil UK.

Mooring dolphins are standalone structures used in mooring and securing ships to a terminal.