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Scottish Shipbuilding

in Need of a Scottish Solution

SCOTLAND has a proud shipbuilding heritage but does it have a shipbuilding future? With the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier about to be delivered, Rosyth will fall silent by the end of this Summer. The UKMoD finally ordered three Type 26 frigates from the BAE Systems Upper Clyde yards but there is no meaningful commitment to order more and the company has now teamed with Cammell Laird on Merseyside to bid for the new Type 31e frigates formerly promised to the Clyde. A competing bid led by Babcock would result in more work for Rosyth but the possibility of jam tomorrow won’t sustain jobs pending a contract award.

They’re as real as all the other broken promises in ‘The Vow’ without firm contracts

The problem for the Upper Clyde BAE Systems yards and the Babcock yard at Rosyth is that they’ve become dependent on a single customer – a classic mistake for any business. Furthermore, their customer’s National Shipbuilding Strategy has committed to spreading work around UK yards rather than continuing to focus major naval shipbuilding on the Clyde and at Rosyth. Scotland has to forget the thirteen Type 26 frigates promised ahead of the 2014 Independence Referendum – they’re as real as all the other broken promises in ‘The Vow’ without firm contracts.

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