City firm wins £85m carrier job

14 Jan 2010

by Brian Currie, Evening Times

A Glasgow firm has won an £85 million contract to transport the massive sections of the giant aircraft carriers being built at shipyards around the UK to Rosyth for assembly.

The contract has been awarded to family firm Henry Abram and Sons as part of £333m of subcontracts announced today for the Navy's new super carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.

The firm currently employs 22 people in Glasgow but plans to take on more skilled staff and apprentices for the new contract.

Company boss Michael Abram said the scope of the work was challenging but the firm had worked "very well" with the warship builders, BAE, and the Ministry of Defence for many years on other projects.

He said: "We now plan to employ naval architects, structural engineers, design engineers, graduates, and administration staff to work alongside our existing staff and consortium partners to ensure safe and successful delivery of all cargoes to Rosyth."

Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy said: "These contract awards are great news for Glasgow, the Scottish economy and Scottish jobs.

"There has never been any doubt how important the aircraft carriers are to Scotland as a multi-billion pound project securing thousands of jobs.

"This latest news underlines the importance of the UK defence industry to Scotland."

Reproduced with the permission of the Herald and Times Group.

  • The giant aircraft carriers will be built at shipyards