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Hopes UK Shipyard in Appledore Could Reopen After Top Level Government Meeting

28th September 2019
Could the UK shipyard of Appledore Shipyard in Devon reopen? The yard's final ship to be built AFLOAT adds was the Irish Naval Service OPV P60 class L.É. George Bernard Shaw seen berthed at the fit-out quay (noting without bow-mounted 76mm OTO Melara gun). The €67m OPV (P64) made its delivery voyage from the Torridge Estuary and across the Celtic Sea to Cork Harbour in October last year. Could the UK shipyard of Appledore Shipyard in Devon reopen? The yard's final ship to be built AFLOAT adds was the Irish Naval Service OPV P60 class L.É. George Bernard Shaw seen berthed at the fit-out quay (noting without bow-mounted 76mm OTO Melara gun). The €67m OPV (P64) made its delivery voyage from the Torridge Estuary and across the Celtic Sea to Cork Harbour in October last year. Photo: Archant / North Devon Gazette-facebook

In the UK, a Torridge MP is ‘cautiously optimistic’ Appledore Shipyard will reopen in the near future after a crucial meeting at Downing Street.

As the North Devon Gazette reports, it follows a high level meeting convened by Geoffrey Cox at 10 Downing Street (yesterday) with the UK Government's taskforce dedicated to reopening the shipyard.

The taskforce, led by SW Business Council chairman Tim Jones has been working with the MP since the withdrawal of operator Babcock and the closure of the yard in March this year to secure new owners and to provide the Yard with a stable future.

Mr Cox, who has met potential owners and new customers to secure their support for the Yard over recent months has said that he is now 'cautiously optimistic' about its future, particularly as the Government has announced its intention to revive British shipbuilding.

The meeting heard from the Mr Cox of the shipbuilding heritage on the Torridge and its importance to the local economy.

For on this story can be read 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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