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Friday, July 19, 2019

John Syvret News

Cammell Laird Chief Operating Officer Tony Graham and Managing Director Paul Owen (Photo:Cammell Laird)

Cammell Laird Strengthens Management Team

UK based shipbuilding and engineering company Cammell Laird  announced a series of changes to its senior management team.The restructure sees company founder and CEO John Syvret CBE extend his role to executive chairman; Tony Graham becomes chief operating officer;  and Paul Owen joins the company from the defense industry to become managing director. In addition, Linton Roberts takes up a new role as group technical director sales and marketing.

(Photo: Cammell Laird)

Cammell Laird Employee Celebrates 60 Years in Ship Repair

Jim Clark, a senior manager at Cammell Laird, has clocking 60 years in the ship repair industry, making him one of the U.K.’s longest serving Chief Estimators. The 76-year-old chief estimator has delivering more than 11,000 over the course of his career, having worked with maritime brands from Blue Star Line to his current role at Cammell Laird. Since his first job in 1962 he has delivered estimates for ship repair projects worth circa £100 billion ($129.2 billion) in today’s currency.

NERC chief operating officer Paul Fox and Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret seal the deal in Birkenhead on November 19 (Photo: Cammell Laird)

Cammell Laird Seals the Deal for UK Polar Ship

The deal has been finalized for marine and engineering services company Cammell Laird to begin work on the U.K.’s new £200 million polar research ship. The Birkenhead shipyard Cammell Laird said it saw off competition from Europe and beyond including Korea and Singapore to be selected as the preferred bidder to build the new vessel for the government-funded Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Bosses met Friday, November 19 to sign the contract, and detailed design work gets underway immediately.

Memorial Built for Victims of HMS Birkenhead

A memorial has been unveiled in Birkenhead (Wirral, Liverpool City Region, United Kingdom) dedicated to the victims of one of the worst maritime disasters of the 19th century. HMS Birkenhead, a steam frigate built by John Laird’s shipbuilders in Birkenhead, sank off the coast of Gansbaai, South Africa on February 26, 1852. Out of 638 people onboard, only 193 survived. Many victims were taken by sharks. The tragedy was the first occasion when troops were ordered to stand fast and the protocol of women and children first was used. As a result, all women and children aboard the vessel survived.

Photo: Cammell Laird

Cammell Laird Welcomes New Apprentice Group

Merseyside engineering firm Cammell Laird announced its largest ever intake of apprentices since it restarted its apprenticeship program in 2008. Birkenhead-based Cammell Laird has taken on 22 apprentices working across a range of skills which brings the total number within the business to 71. Around 50 apprentices have graduated into highly skilled, qualified tradesmen over the past five years with Cammell Laird and are still actively employed with the business. Last year, Cammell Laird recruited 18 apprentices and had a total of 64 working for the company.

: Left to right:  Cammell Laird chief executive John Syvret, Atlantic Container Line managing director Ian Higby, Bibby Ship Management Group chief executive Ed Rimmer, Peel Ports chief operating officer Gary Hodgson, and Hill Dickinson partner and Mersey Maritime chairman John Hulmes

Mersey Hosts 10th Anniversary Summit

Mersey Maritime celebrated its 10th anniversary with a summit featuring presentations by business leaders from across the region's maritime sector. Close to 100 members of the trade group - which represents more than 1,700 firms across the shipping, ports and logistics sector on Merseyside – gathered for the event at its headquarters in Monk's Ferry, Birkenhead. The evening also marked the official handover of the chairman's baton from incumbent Ian Higby, of Atlantic Container Line, to John Hulmes, a partner and maritime solicitor with Hill Dickinson in Liverpool.