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UK Shipyard: Appledore's Potential Buyer ‘Has Been Waiting for Four Months’

1st February 2020
Is there a viable buyer ready for Appledore Shipyard? AFLOAT adds the facility in north Devon, completed building its last vessel LÉ George Bernard Shaw. The final of the OPV90/P60 Class last year was commissioned by the Irish Naval Service. Is there a viable buyer ready for Appledore Shipyard? AFLOAT adds the facility in north Devon, completed building its last vessel LÉ George Bernard Shaw. The final of the OPV90/P60 Class last year was commissioned by the Irish Naval Service. Photo: NorthDevon Gazette-twitter

In the UK the Government has been accused of ‘dither and delay’ following claims a viable buyer has been lined up for Appledore shipyard for four months.

The GMB Union, according to NorthDevon Gazette, (yesterday, 31 January) criticised the Government for ongoing delays in the potential re-opening of the yard as Afloat previously reported.

GMB said it and its sister trade unions have been involved in ongoing negotiations, led by the South West Business Council, to re-open the yard and secure a viable future.

Matt Roberts, GMB organiser, said: "A buyer with a viable proposition has been lined up for over four months now, but there seems to be dither and delay from the Government, causing more uncertainty for our members.

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For previous Afloat coverage on the shipyard's final vessel LÉ George Bernard Shaw which last year joined 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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