A company with five marine servicing yards across Scotland has secured a new four-year contract to service CalMac vessels.

And Dales Marine Services Ltd has pledged to offer four new appenticeships for every year of the contract.

Dales announced last week (Thursday 9 January) that CalMac has engaged their services for 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. 

The company has invested over £1million into upgrades at the yard, which will provide a 24-hour service and berth space for the afloat maintenance and repair work. 

To support the new contract, Dales Marine Services has pledged to expand its current apprenticeship programme, which stands at 46 apprentices across the group, by 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." 

Dales has been servicing the shipping, oil and gas, chemical and power generation industries since 1987 and is also undertaking pipework fabrication for the two, much-delayed, new ferries  now under construction at Fergusons Marine.

The picture shows CalMac’s Loch Bhrusda, familiar as the original and now regular replacement vessel for the Sound of Harris route, during her annual overhaul at Dales Marine in Troon last year (Dales Marine).