MJR wins three-year CalMac upgrade contract13 October 2020

The UK’s largest ferry operator – CalMac Ferries Ltd - has awarded MJR Power and Automation a three-year framework contract for the provision of electrical installations services.

It was appointed - alongside three other companies – to support CalMac Ferries with a series of upgrade projects planned over the next few years.

Forming part of the CalMac’s resilience program, this will see the ferry operator undertake major upgrades to modernise 33 of its ferries currently operating 29 routes across the west coast of Scotland, including upgrading of main power, electrical and automation system infrastructure across the fleet.

The framework award comes on the back of MJR Power and Automation successfully delivering a series of contracts which seen the business carry out major electrical power and control upgrades and installations over the past 18 months during planned scheduled maintenance at shipyards across Scotland and the North of England.

Speaking about the framework award, Paul Cairns, managing director at MJR Power and Automation said: “We are delighted to have been selected as CalMac’s partner of choice for marine electrical upgrades and installations through a very competitive and rigorous tender process.”

Major upgrades successfully completed by MJR Power and Automation include the propulsion and pitch control system with over 12,000 metres of cable supplied, installed and tested as part of the delivery of electrical, control and data infrastructure upgrade completed on four ferries including one of its flagship vessels, the MV Clansman Isle of Lewis.

The company also installed over 5,000 metres of marine Cat6 cable for the new state-of-the-art marine-approved CCTV system, which included the design, specification, installation and commissioning covering three ferries consisting of the largest vessels in the fleet, the Caledonian Isles.

Robert Allan, senior project manager at Calmac Ferries said: “CalMac provides an everyday lifeline and logistical support service to west coast communities and for tourism. We play a critical role in the economic sustainability of the area’s social and business life.”

William Dalrymple

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