UK Defense Chief: Clyde Best for Shipbuilding

MarineLink.com
Monday, November 11, 2013

The U.K. Chief of Defense Staff said the Westminster government will "get our ships in the place it makes the most sense," blasting a hole in suggestions that if Scotland votes Yes then Glasgow would lose out on work to build the Type 26 ships.

Speaking on the BBC Andrew Marr program today, General Sir Nicholas Houghton said, "[The decision] was very much a matter of a business rationalization. In terms of raw business sense it makes sense the place where they have the greatest capacity and the best depth of skills - which is on the Clyde - so it is driven by a business decision.

"We live in a world now where it is not for the purposes of the defense budget to underwrite elements of industry. We will go and get our ships in the place where it makes the most sense for the British taxpayer in terms of getting the right capability for the armed forces."

The U.K. government and BAE Systems made clear its decision earlier this week was based on the fact Glasgow is "the most effective location for the manufacture of the future Type 26 ships".

Commenting, SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell said, "This intervention holes the scaremongering of the No campaign below the waterline.

"General Sir Nicholas Houghton, the U.K. Chief of Defense Staff, has made clear that U.K. ships will be made in the 'place it makes most sense'.

"The Clyde is the best place for these ships to be built - indeed, with the end of shipbuilding at Portsmouth in 2014, it is the only place in these islands where they can be built - and that will not change after a Yes vote.

"That is because of the investment we’ve seen in these yards, because of the skill mix, and because of the Clyde's unrivalled experience and value for money.

"It is time for anti-independence politicians to stop peddling myths, when in fact it is under the Westminster system that shipbuilding jobs are being lost.

"The SNP Government will continue to do everything possible, in whatever constitutional circumstance, to support a long and viable future for Scotland's shipyards - it is time that the anti-independence parties pledged likewise."
 

Maritime Reporter February 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Shipbuilding

Two Mooring Tugs Delivered to NSW

Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ) has delivered two new Qatari-built mooring tugs to towage operator Nakilat SvitzerWijsmuller (NSW).   The delivery of the

Tank Coating for Navig8 Chemical Carrier Newbuilds

Shipowner Navig8 is progressing application of Interline9001, an advanced cargo tank coating from AkzoNobel’s International marine coating product range, on a series

Lamprell Delivers Jackup Rig to Greatship

Lamprell announced it has completed construction on jackup drilling rig Greatdrill Chaaru, delivering the rig to Greatship Global Energy Services Pte. Ltd.    Greatdrill

Navy

Australia Announces Patrol Boat Tender

Tender announced for Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project   The Australian Government announced a Request for Tender (RFT) to replace the Pacific Patrol Boats

6 NATO Ships Begin Joint Black Sea Exercise

Six NATO warships, including Turkish, Bulgarian and Romanian vessels, have arrived to the Black Sea to start joint training exercises.    NATO ships assigned

Fire Aboard US Navy Ship

A fire broke out aboard a U.S. Navy amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) at approximately 2 p.m. yesterday while the ship was undergoing maintenance

News

Two Mooring Tugs Delivered to NSW

Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ) has delivered two new Qatari-built mooring tugs to towage operator Nakilat SvitzerWijsmuller (NSW).   The delivery of the

Senate Committee Approves Vessel Discharge Reform Legislation

The effort to establish a uniform national framework for the regulation of vessel discharges took another step forward as the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approved S.

Vancouver Port Operations Resume Atfer Container Fire

Port Metro Vancouver said on Thursday that operations had resumed at most port facilities shut down by a shipping container fire the day before, but that its Centerm

Government Update

Senate Committee Approves Vessel Discharge Reform Legislation

The effort to establish a uniform national framework for the regulation of vessel discharges took another step forward as the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approved S.

Egypt: Suez Canal Zone to Make Up 30-35% of Economy

Egypt expects a planned economic zone near the Suez Canal to eventually make up about a third of Egypt's economy, the country's investment minister said on Thursday.

Australia Announces Patrol Boat Tender

Tender announced for Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project   The Australian Government announced a Request for Tender (RFT) to replace the Pacific Patrol Boats

 
 
Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1436 sec (7 req/sec)