Engineering firm completes ferries contract for Cammell Laird

Birkenhead based engineering firm, IPS Marine Fabrications, has completed a contract for Merseyside engineering services company Cammell Laird to supply insulation services on two new build ferries.
IPS Director, Paul Smith said IPS had worked on Cammell Laird’s contract to build two new car ferries for Scottish ferry operator Western Ferries – the first complete vessels built at the yard for nearly 20 years.
“The work we provided on the Sound of Soay and the Sound of Seil focused on structural fire protection in the main engines as well as thermal oil pipe insulation in the engine rooms,” he said. “This was an excellent contract for us to work on. We are a committed supplier to Cammell Laird and are dedicated to supporting its growth. Cammell Laird is able to win work across the new build, refit, repair and conversion markets on a global scale. This puts the business in a unique position to drive investment into Merseyside and the wider maritime sector. It is terrific to see Cammell Laird building ships again and it has been brilliant to play a role in their construction.”
Mr Smith said IPS is investing substantially in its operations to keep pace with Cammell Laird’s electric growth with the shipyard now employing more than 1,000 people directly and indirectly.
“We have recently grown our workforce to its highest level of 30 and we have just invested more than £80,000 in new machinery to enable us to support Cammell Laird better,” he said. “This includes new sheet metal fabrication facilities, a press brake and drawn arc stud welding machines.”
Cammell Laird CEO, John Syvret, said the company is committed to its supply chain and supporting local businesses wherever it can.
“Cammell Laird has invested between £30m and £50m in the local economy and our supply chain every year for the last four years,” he said. “We want to use local expertise and we want companies like IPS to be able to support us as we grow and develop in the marine sector and also the civil nuclear and renewable markets. These are massive multi-billion pound industries which present glittering opportunities for Cammell Laird, our supply chain and our region.”
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