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Prospect of Naval Work at Harland & Wolff Welcomed

30th November 2016
It is unlikely a brand new warship would ever be built entirely in Belfast, according to Sir John Parker's call for “sea-change” which would see ships built in modular form across the UK for final assembly at a specific hub. It is unlikely a brand new warship would ever be built entirely in Belfast, according to Sir John Parker's call for “sea-change” which would see ships built in modular form across the UK for final assembly at a specific hub. Photo: JEHAN ASHMORE

#NavalNewbuilds? - Proposals of future naval shipbuilding to be shared around UK yards including Harland & Wolff writes The News Letter have been warmly welcomed in Belfast.

The report prepared by Ulster-born industrialist Sir John Parker - a former chief executive at H&W - was published in London on Monday and contains many criticisms of the current status quo with Royal Naval procurement.

Although it is unlikely a brand new warship would ever be built entirely in Belfast, Sir John’s call for “sea-change” in current procurement procedures would see ships built in modular form across the UK for final assembly at a specific hub.

Current processes led to time delays in the supply of new vessels which in turn left old ships “retained in service well beyond their sell-by date with all the attendant high costs of so doing”.

Sir John said there was a “vibrant” UK shipbuilding, marine and defence supply chain sector which the Ministry of Defence (MoD) should harness.

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