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MJM Marine Says Mass Layoffs ‘Unavoidable’ In Newry As Orders Postponed Over Covid-19

18th March 2020
The workshop at MJM Marine in Newry, which is set to go quiet from the end of April The workshop at MJM Marine in Newry, which is set to go quiet from the end of April Photo: MJM Marine

Newry ship refurbisher MJM Marine has told its staff that redundancies “in large numbers” are unavoidable after all future orders were postponed indefinitely amid the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.

The Belfast Telegraph reports on an internal communication to staff yesterday (Tuesday 17 March), which said that one current project can be completed next month by a small number of staff — but there is no prospect of securing any new orders, potentially until 2022.

It added: “The consequence of the spread of Covid-19 and the steps that are being taken globally to arrest the spread of the virus have had a catastrophic impact upon businesses generally and I am afraid that this company is no exception.”

MJM Marine employs 270 staff across three European offices, with the majority at its Newry base in Northern Ireland.

MacDara Conroy

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MacDara Conroy is a contributor covering all things on the water, from boating and wildlife to science and business

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