There has been lots of positive news lately from Peel Ports Group in terms of Liverpool Port and the Manchester Ship Canal, but the name of Cammell Laird, another famous Merseyside company, has also been very much to the fore in recent years.
In July 2014 Cammell Laird shipyard and engineering services completed the first year of the second five-year period of its cluster contract with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA).
Cammell Laird CEO, John Syvret CBE, said the first anniversary marked ‘a period of significant progress’ and added that the company would now be redoubling its efforts to deliver the best possible service to the RFA. He emphasised that the RFA contract plays a key role in the company’s rapid growth in the commercial marine, offshore wind and civil nuclear markets. He said that the stringent Health and Safety, project management and quality requirements demanded by the MoD helped significantly in other markets.
Work began in summer 2013 on the second period of Cammell Laird’s through-life support cluster contract to maintain nine of the 13 ships in the RFA flotilla. The cluster contract was first awarded to Cammell Laird in 2008, then in 2013 following reviews of performance and value for money, the contract was extended for a further five years to 2018.
“The last year has seen us complete three major refits (RFA Fort Rosalie, RFA Gold Rover and RFA Wave Ruler) and start two more,” said Mr Syvret. “The successful delivery of the three refits, to the Ministry of Defence’s satisfaction, reinforces the value of clustering.”