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Harland & Wolff Announces 60 Job Losses

11th March 2016
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At the engineering facility’s Belfast Dock in 2012 was the dry-docked giant, SeaRose FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading) vessel used for the oil and gas sectors. At the engineering facility’s Belfast Dock in 2012 was the dry-docked giant, SeaRose FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading) vessel used for the oil and gas sectors. Photo: Photo Jehan Ashmore

#JobLosses - Sixty jobs are set to go at Harland & Wolff, the losses represent approximately one third of the east Belfast engineering firm's permanent workforce, reports BBC News.

Discussions are soon to get underway with unions.

The company is blaming the move on a downturn in the offshore oil and gas sector. The firm stopped shipbuilding in 2003.(Afloat, adds the last vessel built was the Anvil Point).

Its activities now include the repair and refurbishment of vessels ands oil rigs.

Unions have described the news as "the latest bad news story for manufacturing in Belfast and Northern Ireland".

They added the decision "reflects the recent decline in the company's order books". For more on this story, click here.

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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