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Laird wins contract for pounds 28m.

CAMMELL Laird has won its first job from a pounds 234m Ministry of Defence contract.

The Birkenhead shipyard, which will officially reclaim its historic name later this year, will carry out a pounds 28m overhaul of the Fort Rosalie.

Northwestern Shiprepairers said the refit and repair of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship would safeguard 350 jobs.

The ECHO revealed in December how the shipyard was awarded exclusive preferred contractor status for 11 vessels.

The Fort Rosalie job was today hailed as the biggest contract won by the former Cammell Laird since its relaunch seven years ago.

Managing director John Syvret said: "The deal confirms the Mersey is now back where it belongs - as a centre of excellence for commercial ship repair conversion and military refit."

Mr Syvret said NSL, which employs 400 people and is a joint venture with Mersey Docks and Harbour Company owner Peel Ports, wants to use the Fort Rosalie contract to help drive job creation on the site.

He said: "This one 10-month project will see up to 350 personnel working on the vessel at the same time."
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 29, 2008
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