Calmac ferry in drydock

SHIP repair and maintenance company Dales Marine Services Ltd has been awarded a new four-year contract with Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) for 19 vessels. 

The majority of the work will be carried out at the Dales Marine Greenock dry dock facilities – but it will bring additional work for the Aberdeen yard.

The company has also pledged to expand its current apprenticeship programme, which to-date stands at 46 apprentices across the group, undertaking to employ a further four apprentices, for every year of the CalMac contract. 

Michael Milne, Dales Marine managing director, said: “The contract represents a commitment from CalMac to Dales Marine Services, providing stability in workflow and even further investment and employment at our Greenock site.

“Our other yards in Aberdeen, Leith and Troon will also see additional work as a result of the contract.”