During the first four months of this year, the Birkenhead shipyard and marine engineering services company Cammell Laird docked nearly as many ferries for repairs as in the whole of last year.
In mid-May, the company said 15 ferries had been docked so far this year and a further three ferries are booked in for drydocking and repairs.
Cammell Laird managing director Linton Roberts said the company has undertaken the work for a range of companies including Caledonian MacBrayne, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co, Irish Ferries, NorthLink Ferries, P&O Ferries and Seatruck Ferries.
In addition, Cammell Laird Technical Services, has completed a design for the conversion of a number of EuroShip Services Ltd managed vessels to be able to run on both heavy fuel oils and marine gas oil. The group said this offers reduced fuel costs when sailing in non- Environmental Control Areas (ECA) and running on low sulphur gas oil to comply with ECA emission regulations.