Houlder has announced that Liam Campbell, formerly of Vroon and Ferguson’s shipyard, has joined its executive team as Business Development Director for Design and Consultancy Services. Liam will grow the company’s capacity for ship design and technical consultancy and support Houlder’s clients by providing cost saving solutions and advising on emerging developments in shipbuilding and operation. This includes the latest in alternative fuel propulsion systems and ships technology.
“Liam Campbell has joined us from Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd where, in his role as Managing Director, he steered the company through unprecedented growth. He completed the design and refurbishment of the facility whilst carrying out the build of three battery hybrid and dual fuel LNG ferries” explains Rupert Hare, Houlder’s Chief Executive Officer. ”Prior to that, he was Vroon Group Newbuilding Manager, in charge of one of Europe’s largest and most diverse newbuild programmes at that time. As well as a vast knowledge of design and construction of various ship types, he also brings extensive classification experience having worked for DNVGL in senior newbuilding, conversion and operational roles globally.” Rupert concludes, ”Liam brings unrivalled expertise and experience to us and, importantly, ambition to drive improvements through our industry.”
Chartered Engineer and Naval Architect, Liam joins the team during an exciting time in global shipbuilding as innovation is to the fore. Houlder’s naval architecture and engineering teams have become increasingly recognised for finding ingenious solutions to industry challenges – whether they are in the ferry, cruise, superyacht, offshore energy or defence sectors. Recent high-profile projects include the new Royal Research Ship (RRS) Sir David Attenborough, CMAL’s Glenn Sannox LNG Dual Fuel Ferry and the recently launched new hybrid ferry for Wightlink, “Victoria of Wight.”
Known for their high competence and grip on the latest innovation, Houlder was singled out as an important provider of technical and commercial advice in Sir John Parker’s 2017 National Shipbuilding Strategy which outlined plans to transform naval shipbuilding in the UK. It is now providing a range of advisory services to the UK Ministry of Defence’s current new build programmes.
Rupert concludes “While the Houlder name has been linked with shipbuilding since the mid-19th Century, our people today are at the very cutting edge of 21st Century vessel developments. Appointing Liam Campbell to an executive business development role accelerates this forward momentum and builds on our appetite and ambition to grow through providing unrivalled service to our customers. His direct experience and knowledge of the current issues facing our industry means he is ideally placed to lead Houlder’s capability to deliver to the market.”