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UK Councillor Calls to Renationalise Appledore Shipyard

30th July 2019
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The UK shipyard at Appledore (Babcock) north Devon built its final ship, LE George Barnard Shaw (above: at keel-laying ceremony) which was completed last year as the fourth P60/OPV90 class for the Irish Naval Service. The same yard AFLOAT also adds had under a previous owner built a pair of P50/OPV80 class dating to 1999 and 2001 respectively. The UK shipyard at Appledore (Babcock) north Devon built its final ship, LE George Barnard Shaw (above: at keel-laying ceremony) which was completed last year as the fourth P60/OPV90 class for the Irish Naval Service. The same yard AFLOAT also adds had under a previous owner built a pair of P50/OPV80 class dating to 1999 and 2001 respectively. Photo: Irish Defence Forces

DevonLive reports on Appledore Shipyard which according to a UK councillor should be renationalised by the government and fully integrated into the operations of the Ministry of Defence.

Cllr Rob Hannaford, leader of the opposition Labour group on Devon County Council, put forward the notice of motion to last Thursday’s full council meeting.

His motion said that the council was gravely concerned that despite having a highly skilled, dedicated, and innovative local work force, the shipyard remains closed, and that to secure its long term future, ensure that defence capacity and resilience are maintained, and provide employment and prosperity to the local community, and the wider county of Devon, it should be renationalised.

Appledore Shipyard closed on March 15 this year when Babcock’s lease expired, despite a union-led protest march, a 9,500-strong petition and the efforts of local MPs.

Speaking on the motion, Cllr Hannaford, said: “To see a successful shipyard turn profit year-on-year and then struggle to secure work for this committed workforce is very unfair and a sad travesty. It’s a huge concern that this important local shipyard remains closed – especially as we know that it has an incredibly skilled and innovative workforce.

For more click here on the calls to save the north Devon shipyard (campaign) that built its final ship for the Irish Naval Service.

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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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