Birkenhead based shipbuilding firm Cammell Laird has secured a multi-million pound contract to build a new ferry. The marine engineering company was awarded the £5.7 million project by the Northern Ireland Executive, which is part of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
It will see the firm construct a new car and passenger ferry to replace the existing MV Strangford which operates between Strangford and Portaferry in County Down, Northern Ireland. The firm beat off other competition from shipyards across Europe who had also applied for the contract.
Rob McBurney, commercial director of Cammell Laird, said: “We are very pleased to have been awarded the contract for the construction of the new Strangford Ferry. The company has a long tradition of ship building and we look forward to working with the Department (for Regional Development) over the coming years.”
The new ferry will have capacity for 28 cars and 260 passengers and will share the ferry operation on a rotational basis with the MV Portaferry II. It is due for delivery by August 2016.
Northern Ireland transport minister Danny Kennedy )pictured right)0, said: “The new ferry will replace the existing MV Strangford with a new modern ferry that has been designed specifically for this service. The new ferry will be built over the next 18 months and, when it comes into operation, will provide a more reliable and efficient ferry service.
“The Department for Regional Development currently operates a vehicle ferry service in Strangford Lough between Strangford and Portaferry with two vehicle ferries and a back-up passenger ferry. The new ferry will replace the existing MV Strangford which is over 40 years old and is approaching the end of its economically operational life.”