Cammell Laird Shipyard

Cammell Laird shipyard website is a useful source of supply chain information. It outlines that the shipyard, founded in 1828, on the river Mersey, Liverpool offers some of the most comprehensive engineering facilities in the United Kingdom.

The shipyard has marine shipbuilding, refit, repair and conversion facilities and a highly skilled workforce to undertake a massive range of engineering projects including work for the forthcoming civil nuclear power generating stations in the UK.

In June 2008 Cammell Laird signed a ‘through-life support agreement’ with Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) for the maintenance of a collection of ships in Royal Fleet Auxiliary for up to 25 years subject to five year reviews. In December 2012 following the first five year review the agreement was extended for Cammell Laird to continue its maintenance contract for nine ships in the RFA Flotilla until at least 2018.

The nine ships Cammell Laird maintains are:

  • RFA Orangeleaf
  • RFA Black Rover
  • RFA Gold Rover
  • RFA Diligence
  • RFA Wave Knight
  • RFA Fort Austin
  • RFA Fort Rosalie
  • RFA Wave Ruler
  • RFA Fort Victoria

Cammell Laird recently completed a £49.5m refit of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Fort Victoria. The massive 10-month refit is the biggest ever undertaken by the yard since it began its through life support ‘cluster’ contract to maintain nine of the 13 ships in the RFA flotilla in 2008.

The company also services :

  • Offshore oil and gas,building structures such as pontoons, platforms, mud mats, jack up rigs as well as the building and repairing of oil rigs themselves.
  • The petrochemical sector installing walkways, bridges and pipework,planned shut down maintenance pre fabricating a wide range of structures.
  • The offshore wind and nuclear sectors.

The facilities include one of the largest modular construction halls in Europe, an extensive network of covered workshops, direct access to the sea as well as a flexible range of four dry-docks at numbers 4,5,6 and 7 docks, together with a non-tidal basin steel fabrication bays dockside workshops offices and two offsite facilities at Bidston for repair and at Inchgreen drydock

MoD is expected to award the Type 31e contract in March 2019.