Harland & Wolff shipyard part of Babcock-led consortium of UK shipbuilders who are expected to be awarded preferred bidder status for £1.25 billion contract
Contract would sustain five to six years of work at Belfast shipyard through steel fabrication work alone
Unite Regional Coordinating Officer, Susan Fitzgerald commented on this morning’s news that the Babcock-led consortium, which includes Harland and Wolff shipyard, will be named preferred bidder for the supply of a £1.25 billion contract for five Type 31e frigates to the Royal Navy.
“This morning’s news that the Babcock-led consortium is to be awarded preferred bidder status for the supply of Type 31e Frigates is welcome. The consortium group includes Thales, BMT and Ferguson Marine as well as Harland and Wolff shipyard. This news very much highlights that the shipyard in Belfast has a future as a viable shipbuilder.
“Just weeks ago politicians including the British Government had written of this yard, saying it had no future. Through their courageous stand the workforce at Harland and Wolff have held open the door for the company to participate in this work – they have kept this shipyard in the game. The opportunity exists to bring this work to Belfast providing at least five to six years of work in steel fabrication onsite alone.
“We now need to see urgent intervention by government to get our members back to work. There is a clear programme of work for the company into the future – all that is needed is the political will to safeguard a future for this shipyard”, Ms Fitzgerald said.