GMB calls on Babcock and MPs to build new Isles of Scilly at Appledore 21 Nov 2018

GMB, the union for shipbuilders, has today called on Babcock and MPs in the South West to ensure a new Isles of Scilly ferry is built at Appledore.

The union has written to Babcock urging the company to consider this opportunity to save the historic shipyard.

GMB will also raise the possibility at a meeting with the CEO of Maritime UK on Monday.

The union has asked Derek Thomas, MP for St Ives and Penzance and Geoffrey Cox QC, MP for Torridge and West Devon, to seek support from Nusrat Ghani MP, Minister for Shipping, to come up with a solution to provide a new ferry for the Isles of Scilly.

With work on the new Type 31e Frigates and Fleet Solid support Ships potentially coming to Appeldore, the contract for the new Scilly Isles ferry could be enough to keep the shipyard afloat.

Ross Murdoch, GMB National Officer and Chair or CSEU Maritime, said:

“GMB demands that every opportunity that seeks to preserve the 163 year history of Appledore Shipyard must be explored.

“The statement from FRIST highlights some real potential in securing work to keep this historical shipyard open.

“Babcock is one of the lead consortiums bidding for the Type 31e Frigate Contract and are involved in a UK bid for the Fleet Solid Support ship contract.

“Surely work to build and provide a new ferry for the Isles of Scilly could provide a much needed solution to preserve jobs in Appledore in readiness for a potential share of the Frigate and/or FSS work.” 

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