David McGinley, Chief Executive, A&P Group and Cammell Laird, has welcomed the launch of the Government’s Shipbuilding Credit Guarantee Scheme.
A&P and Cammell Laird are the UK’s largest commercial ship repairers and shipbuilders that operate four shipbuilding and repair yards, which include 11 of the UK’s largest dry docks, which have allowed the facilities to deliver in excess of 1500 dry-dockings in the past decade and will continue to do so.
Recent new shipbuilding programmes for the UK home market include the RRS Sir David Attenborough, one of the most technically complex ships ever to be delivered by a UK facility, as well as a range of modern vehicle ferries to organisations such as Red Funnel, Western Ferries and transport for Northern Ireland. Additionally, 12 barges have also been delivered to Cory Ltd for use on the River Thames.
David McGinley said, “This shipbuilding and ship repair activity has already enabled A&P and Cammell Laird to continue grow a highly skilled UK workforce, which today stands at almost 1500.
!It also underpins our vibrant, award-winning apprenticeship programme, which employs nearly 250 apprentices across our facilities, with more than 300 adult and young apprentices having already entered the workforce in the last ten years.
“Both A&P and Cammell Laird continue to deliver significant economic value through its established supply chain. Both businesses inject millions into the North East, South West and South East of England – and indeed the rest of the UK.
“We hope the important announcement of the Shipbuilding Credit Guarantee Scheme will enable us to further develop our workforce, facilities and capabilities, and compete on a level playing field with our international competitors to provide UK customers with world class and environmentally friendly new ships and repair and upgrade services.
“This in turn will help to meet the target of net zero whilst also driving huge social value into our communities and the important local SME supply chain.”