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UK Shipbuilder On Merseyside to Reveal Plans for Innovative Ro-Pax Ferry at Norwegian Trade Fair

4th June 2019
Newbuild RRS Sir David Attenborough a Polar research ship (in March) moves out of the UK shipbuilder Cammell Laird on Merseyside yard which is to announce today in Norway ambitious plans to disrupt the new-build ferry market with a new specially designed Ro-Pax ferry. AFLOAT adds also at the shipyard (wet basin) is berthed Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker RFA Tidespring, first of four 39,000 tonne Tide-class replenishment tankers completed in recent years for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. Since completion in 2017 this was the vessel's inaugural docking period when the ship arrived at the Irish Sea yard in March. Newbuild RRS Sir David Attenborough a Polar research ship (in March) moves out of the UK shipbuilder Cammell Laird on Merseyside yard which is to announce today in Norway ambitious plans to disrupt the new-build ferry market with a new specially designed Ro-Pax ferry. AFLOAT adds also at the shipyard (wet basin) is berthed Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker RFA Tidespring, first of four 39,000 tonne Tide-class replenishment tankers completed in recent years for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. Since completion in 2017 this was the vessel's inaugural docking period when the ship arrived at the Irish Sea yard in March. Credit: Cammell Laird

UK shipyard Cammell Laird on Merseyside will today announce at the Nor Shipping trade fair in Oslo, Norway ambitious plans to disrupt the new-build ferry market with a new specially designed Ro-Pax ferry.

Liverpool City Region based Cammell Laird is releasing a sneak picture preview of the commercial sensitive design ahead of a formal launch later this year. In addition the shipbuilder will be briefing prospective customers on the design at its stand (D06-15).

Cammell Laird’s project director Andy Askham said the company believes its innovative, environmentally ground-breaking design will prove attractive to an ‘underserved market’.

“The ferry industry is crying out for innovation and green-friendly solutions,” he said. “Our new Ro-Pax design will be in the segment of the market where there’ll be a lot of demand for the next decade. From our discussions with various owners we have seen real interest in our design that thrusts environmental innovation, fuel efficiency and comfort to the forefront of the future ferry market. The global ferry fleet is aging and in need of replacing while ferry building supply, certainly at a sophisticated level, is stretched in Europe in terms of spare capacity.”

Mr Askham said Cammell Laird will be marketing the Ro-Pax design based on its extensive experience and pedigree in the ferry market dating back decades.

“Owners have a degree of confidence in Cammell Laird following a series of new build jobs we have undertaken for the likes of Red Funnel and Western Ferries,” he said. “The Red Kestrel freight ferry we built this year for Red Funnel is a strong example of how Cammell Laird can build to a bespoke design. In addition, we are currently building the RRS Sir David Attenborough Polar Research ship, one of the most advanced vessels of its kind ever built. This showcases the incredible skills and expertise we have in the shipyard – and we won this ship and the Red Kestrel contract against fierce international competition. Cammell Laird can further demonstrate its expertise through the drydocking and repairs we undertake for many ferries each year for a wide variety of customers including Stena, P & O, Seatruck Ferries, Irish Ferries, Mersey Ferries, Calmac and the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. We know the ferry market extremely well and believe it is ripe for a genuinely attractive new vessel design offering the most modern features.”

Mr Askham said Cammell Laird is working on the design now with an international design house ahead of the formal launch in planned for later this year.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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