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UK Shipyard Closes As Appledore's Final Ship Sails But Opens to Visitors in Cork On St. Patrick's Day

16th March 2019
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UK shipyard closure: The Appledore yard in north Devon was founded in 1855 on the estuary of the River Torridge. AFLOAT adds the final ship to be built at the facility was the Irish Naval Service fourth OPV90 /P60 class L.E. George Bernard Shaw (P54) which was floated out last year. Above a close-up of the bridge of the P54 which is currently on a call in Cork City and will be open to the public for free guided tours tomorrow, St. Patrick's Day. UK shipyard closure: The Appledore yard in north Devon was founded in 1855 on the estuary of the River Torridge. AFLOAT adds the final ship to be built at the facility was the Irish Naval Service fourth OPV90 /P60 class L.E. George Bernard Shaw (P54) which was floated out last year. Above a close-up of the bridge of the P54 which is currently on a call in Cork City and will be open to the public for free guided tours tomorrow, St. Patrick's Day. Photo: Naval Service -twitter

#ports&shipping- In the UK, Babcock International has closed its Appledore shipyard yesterday, bringing down the shutters on the site in north Devon after almost two centuries.

As The Times reports, workers described the day as “heartbreaking” as they walked around the shipyard, where nearly 200 vessels have been built since 1855.

In November Babcock had confirmed that it would end its lease in Appledore after 11 years. Afloat adds the final ship to be built at the facility is the Irish Naval Service newest OPV90 / P60 class LÉ George Bernard Shaw which was floated-out just over a year ago. 

The FTSE 250 defence company said that it had taken the “difficult decision” because it did not have enough work to sustain the facility. Babcock’s 199 staff at Appledore have been offered the chance to move almost two hours’ drive away, to Devonport, in Plymouth, on the opposite side of the county.

Afloat also adds the €67m OPV which was designated pennant No. (P54) is berthed in Cork City along Albert Quay where the public had free guided tours today and they will continue tomorrow on St. Patrick's Day. The guided tours will be made available by the ship’s crew between 14.00 and 17.00 hours.

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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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