Cammell Laird has won a multi-million pound contract to build two car ferries for a Scottish operator.

The Local North West Birkenhead shipyard was named as the preferred bidder to build the vessels for Western Ferries' Gourock to Dunoon route in May.

Work will begin shortly with both vessels due to be delivered to the Firth of Clyde in August 2013.

Western Ferries said it trusted Cammell Laird to deliver the highest quality of build, on time and to budget.

Managing director Gordon Ross said: "These new ferries will be larger, faster and substantially more fuel efficient than the vessels they are replacing."

This is great news for the North West which will be securing jobs for the foreseeable future.