New repair group wins offshore workYard News // September 21, 2001
North Western Ship Repair also has its own team of naval architects, and says it anticipates winning small scale conversion work, and bidding for Ministry of Defence work, in the near future.
The company employs 107 personnel, almost all of whom are former employees of Cammell Laird's yards in the area. It has at its disposal Bidston Dry-dock, the Number 4 Dock at Monks Ferry and the Canada Dry-dock on Merseyside - both of which it is currently leasing from Mersey Dock & Harbour Company - plus the old Warbreck Engineering facility.
The Bidston dock is not far from the former Cammell Laird facility in Birkenhead, and John Syret, the former Managing Director of Cammell Laird, leads North Western Ship Repair, along with a number of other former directors and managers from Cammell Laird's Merseyside facility.
In the short time since the company began trading it has won much work from local shipowners, explained Operations Director Tom Williams.
Since June, North Western Ship Repairers have completed work on a number of tugs owned by Howard Smith Towage, offshore support vessels owned by Gulf Offshore, along with the ro-ro ferry Celtic Star (which is chartered to P&O Irish Sea ferries).
The North Western Ship Repair yards have also completed emergency work on the reefer Green Crystal after she lost her rudder, and two emergency dry-dockings for bow thruster work - Westminster Dredging's WD7, and P&O Irish Sea Ferries' Pride of Suffolk.