1. ITV Report

Good news for Cammel Laird shipbuilders

Birkenhead based ship builder and engineering firm Cammell Laird looks set to receive a multi million pound contract to build two new ferries. Western Ferries have confirmed that they've been given preferred bidder status to build two new vessels for the Gourock to Dunoon route in Scotland.

The news has been welcomed by the yard which employs seven hundred and fifty people. Laird's Managing Director Linton Roberts says, " Cammell Laird is extremely pleased to be appointed as preferred bidder for this project and looks forward to working with the Western Ferries team over the coming months to deliver these very important new vessels. The vessels will be given yard hull numbers 1387 and 1388, indicating the strong tradition of shipbuilding at Cammell Laird to which they will be a worthy addition. "

The company beat off stiff international competition for the contract. Western Ferries say that Laird's bid was not only the most commercially competitive, but also provided for the earliest delivery of the vessels which was a crucial factor for the Company and the local community.

It's hoped that construction will begin in June this year with both vessels due to be delivered during next summer.