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UK Appledore Shipyard to Shut Putting 200 Jobs at Risk

2nd November 2018
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The UK shipyard at Appledore that built LE George Bernard Shaw AFLOAT adds would appear to be the last ship constructed at the Babcock facility in north Devon, which is to close within the next five months. Note: On the quayside to the right is the mainmast of the Irish Naval Service newbuild OPV90/P50 class where a quartet were completed at the yard. The UK shipyard at Appledore that built LE George Bernard Shaw AFLOAT adds would appear to be the last ship constructed at the Babcock facility in north Devon, which is to close within the next five months. Note: On the quayside to the right is the mainmast of the Irish Naval Service newbuild OPV90/P50 class where a quartet were completed at the yard.

#Ports&Shipping- The UK shipyard (that built LÉ George Bernard Shaw) is to shut despite its owner being offered a £60m contract by the MoD.

Staff at Appledore Shipyard in Devon reports BBC News have been told by owner Babcock that it will close by the end of March 2019.

The company recently lost a contract with the Armed Forces of Malta, causing financial difficulties.

Babcock said all 199 workers will be offered a move to Devonport Dockyard, also owned by the firm, 45 miles (72km) away.

'We want answers'

The GMB union said it wanted answers from the government and from Babcock about the £60m package which would have offered extra work at Devonport.

Babcock had said the extra work would not be enough to secure Appledore's future, see related report. 

Some Appledore staff had been temporarily redeployed to Devonport since the news of the lost contract came through.

For more on "Save Appledore Shipyard" petition and a brief history of the facility dating to 1855, click here.

 

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Jehan Ashmore

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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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