Lairds welcomes its first cruise ship in 25 years

Merseyside Cammell Laird shipyard welcomes MV Borealis for a multi-million pound overhaul – the first cruise ship to enter the yard in 25 years. Tony McDonough Reports

Cruise ship Fred Olsen MV Borealis at Cammell Laird

Cruise ship Fred Olsen MV Borealis entered the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead for a multi-million pound overhaul.

A regular sight at the Liverpool Cruise Terminal, Borealis is the first cruise ship to enter the yard in 25 years. Measuring 238 meters in length, the ship carries up to 1,360 passengers and 600 crew.

Borealis has now entered drydock number five for a program of works. This includes steel repair work, overhaul of shafts and props, installation of an incinerator and underwater painting.

More than 150 members of Cammell Laird’s workforce will begin work on the vessel. They will be joined by 15 apprentices and hundreds more from Cammell Laird’s supply chain.

Mike Hill, Managing Director of Cammell Laird, said: “The arrival of MV Borealis in Cammell Laird marks an important milestone for the company as we seek to enter the cruise ship market.

“Cammell Laird’s position on the banks of the River Mersey makes it an ideal facility for cruise ships operating from Liverpool Cruise Terminal.

MV Borealis
MV Borealis to Cammell Laird for multi-million pound overhaul
Borealis
Borealis cruise ship at Liverpool cruise terminal. Image by Status Imaging

“It is essential that ship repair projects are completed on time to minimize the slowdown of each ship. The combination of our strategic location, drydocks, manufacturing services and extensive skills and capabilities make Cammell Laird a top choice.

Peter Deer, Managing Director of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, added: “Liverpool has been the home base for Borealis since we resumed sailing in 2021.

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“We have been sailing from the city for nearly 20 years now and are truly delighted to extend this relationship with Cammell Laird as Borealis undertakes its first drydocking at this facility on the River Mersey.

“As a family cruise line, we know how important it is to support local communities. As we dock in Merseyside, we are happy to support Cammell Laird’s workforce, the local community here and the chain. supply in the broad sense.