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UK Trade Union Welcomes New Hope for Appledore Shipyard

30th September 2019
Could the UK shipyard of Appledore Shipyard in the West Country have a chance of reopening? AFLOAT adds its final order was from the Irish Dept. of Defence to construct the OPV90 P60 class LÉ George Bernard Shaw for the Naval Service. Could the UK shipyard of Appledore Shipyard in the West Country have a chance of reopening? AFLOAT adds its final order was from the Irish Dept. of Defence to construct the OPV90 P60 class LÉ George Bernard Shaw for the Naval Service. Photo: North Devon Gazette-facebook

In the UK, the union for shipbuilders GMB has welcomed reports of hopes for the reopening of Appledore Shipyard, writes North Devon Gazette.

The news follows a high level meeting convened by Torridge MP and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox at 10 Downing Street last Friday (Sept 27) with the Government's taskforce dedicated to reopening the shipyard.

Afterwards Mr Cox said he was 'cautiously optimistic' about its future and was hopeful the yard could reopen.

Earlier this month, shipyard workers learned the 'bittersweet' news that former owners Babcock had been selected as the preferred bidder to provide the Government with five Type 31 frigates.

The GMB said it had campaigned to save the yard since the closure was announced last year, handing in a 10,000 strong petition to Parliament, and suggesting several plans to keep the shipyard viable.

More here on the north Devon shipyard whose final ship was the Irish Naval Service OPV LÉ George Bernard Shaw. The P60 class made a delivery voyage almost a year ago to Cork Harbour.

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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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