Dales Marine Services to expand workforce to support a major new contract with Caledonian MacBrayne

January 2021

Dales Marine Services Ltd, a leading ship repair and maintenance company based in Scotland, announces a new 4-year contract with Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) for 19 vessels.

Utilising the best in dry docking services, engineering and management capabilities, Dales Marine's certified technicians will be undertaking vessel upgrades and afloat maintenance across the 19 CalMac vessels with the majority of the work being carried out at the Dales Marine Greenock dry dock facilities. Greenock will provide a 24-hour service and berth space for the afloat maintenance and repair work. The last eight months have seen significant improvements in the Greenock facilities by way of over a £1m investment in the yard.

To support the new contract, Dales Marine Services has 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."

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