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MIXED FORTUNES REPORTED FOR UK YARDS

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 

The Appledore shipyard in Devon, UK, is reported to be in danger of closure after loss of a major order, while Merseyside’s Cammell Laird says that a new Ministry of Defence support contract will save jobs and keep it afloat.

Appledore, owned by Babcock International, recently lost an offshore patrol vessel contract to Italy. The contract, from the Maltese Armed Forces, went to the Vittoria yard in Italy. Appledore has been suffering a dearth of work since the beginning of the year, resulting in personnel from the yard being bussed to work at the Babcock-run Devonport Dockyard while the yard tries to secure other orders.

Meanwhile, the Cammell Laird yard (pictured) has won two 10-year contracts, with an estimated value of over £600 million, to support the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. The company said that these contracts will sustain more than 300 jobs at the company and in its supply chain, and create more than 100 apprenticeships. The deal, known as Future In Service Support (FISS), will see Cammell Laird maintain nine ships of the RFA flotilla.

CEO John Syvret said: “The benefits the RFA contract brings to our region cannot be overstated and we will maintain our commitment to ensure this money is invested responsibly in our workforce and infrastructure to support the future requirements of the MoD and growth of the UK’s maritime sector.”

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