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Commercial Shipbuilding On Clydeside

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

GMB Scotland And CSEU Welcome Plans To Resurrect Commercial Shipbuilding On The Lower Reaches Of The Clyde

This could create many hundreds of jobs and depending on the success of tenders the potential number of jobs could be exceptional says GMB Scotland.

GMB and the Confederation of Shipbuilding & Engineering Unions (CSEU) welcome reports that Mr McColl, who recently purchased the Ferguson Marine Yard, plans resurrect commercial shipbuilding on the lower reaches of the Clyde.

Jim Moohan, CSEU Chairman and GMB Scotland Senior Organiser, said GMB and “The Confederation of Shipbuilding & Engineering Unions welcomes the vision by Jim McColl, Industry Entrepreneur, to invest and bring back a commercial shipbuilding legacy which had decayed on the Lower Reaches of the Clyde over 3 decades ago.  

Mr McColl who recently purchased the Ferguson Marine Yard and saved it from closure now has a name to resurrect the construction of Commercial Shipbuilding in Scotland, an area of industry in which a number of individuals would not tread the water in case of lack of work programme or financial insecurities.  It has been well known the profit margin from commercial shipbuilding, if professionally managed, can be rewarded as an exceptionally good investment.  

It takes an individual of Mr McColl's stature to have this optimism and the belief to turn the facilities which are there at present including Inchgreen Dock into an Enterprise which can accommodate European work of commercial ships which is available in the market if one is willing to enter into that arena.

If successful this would create many hundreds of jobs and beyond depending on the success of potential tenders within the commercial shipbuilding market.  The potential number of jobs could be exceptional. We in Scotland certainly have the skills and experience and as stated the facilities at hand to go forward into an exciting future, and if supported by the Scottish Government can only go on an upward trend which will enhance the profile of commercial shipbuilding which was decimated through the 1960's and 1970's.”

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Contact: Jim Moohan - (m) 07885 868405 or Harry Donaldson – (m) 07885 456726 or 0141 332 8641 or GMB press office 07921 289880

 

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