West coast Scotland ferry operator, CalMac Ferries has awarded MJR Power and Automation a three-year framework contract to provide electrical installations services across the fleet.
The company was appointed – alongside three other companies – to deliver services to support CalMac Ferries during a series of upgrade projects planned in the next few years.
Forming part of the CalMac’s resilience programme, these projects involve major upgrades to modernise 33 ferries – currently operating on 29 routes across the west coast of Scotland – including the upgrading of main power, electrical and automation system infrastructure.
This agreement comes after MJR Power and Automation undertook a series of contracts, for major electrical power and control upgrades and installations over the past 18 months during the fleet’s planned scheduled maintenance at shipyards across Scotland and the North of England.
Paul Cairns, MJR Power and Automation Managing Director, 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.
“The successful delivery and execution of recent major infrastructure projects demonstrates CalMac’s confidence in our business to provide safe, efficient and right first-time solutions, subsequently leading to us being awarded the framework agreement.
“We have an unrivalled level of repeat business reinforcing our reputation built on 25 years’ of experience and technical expertise of marine systems and applications. This is all underpinned on a firm understanding of both the customers and marine classification society requirements coupled the quality and management of works carried out by our first-class engineering and installation teams.
“We pride ourselves on working as an extension to our customers teams to deliver the very best results and we have forged a great relationship with CalMac over the last 18 months built on quality and trust,” he said.
Major upgrades recently completed by MJR Power and Automation involved the propulsion and pitch control system with over 12,000 m 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,’Clansman Isle of Lewis’.
The company also installed over 5,000 m of marine Cat6 cable for the new marine approved CCTV system, which included the design, specification, installation and commissioning on three ferries, including the largest vessel in the fleet, ’Caledonian Isles’.
MJR Power and Automation is claimed to be the only company of its size based in the UK to offer a complete end to end marine electrical engineering solutions.
Robert Allan, CalMac Ferries’ Senior Project Manager, 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.
“As such, it is vital that we work in partnership with trusted suppliers that deliver the very best services, to allow our vessels to continue to run as safely and efficiently as possible.
“We have been really impressed with the works already completed and underway with MJR Power and Automation. It is great to award this formal framework agreement that will support CalMac with the continued delivery of the resilience programme that will see future major works undertaken,” he said.
From its headquarters in Teesside, the company has completed a number of turnkey projects for global leading brands, including Stena Line, P&O Ferries, Condor Ferries, Subsea 7, Van Oord TechnipFMC, and DeepOcean.