Plans to redevelop Govan shipyard for future

A plan to redevelop Govan Shipyard has been drawn up which would modernise the yard and is hoped would help attract future orders.

The plan by owners BAE Systems is to demolish existing buildings on the site, including an historic A-listed engine shed, and extend the current shipbuilding shed back towards Govan Road.

It would allow ships to be built entirely indoors and allow the shipbuilding operation to be under cover.

The plans are at an early stage with a Proposal of Application Notice and location plan submitted to Glasgow City Council.

BAE had a previous plan to build a ‘frigate factory’ at Scotstoun with indoor ship halls which would have been a £200m investment, which it later abandoned.

The Govan plan is nowhere the scale of the frigate factory but it will modernise the operation on the south of the river.

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Windship Technology secures coveted Approval in Principle for innovative triple-wing design

Windship Technology Ltd. a leading UK True Zero Emission company for the shipping industry has announced their patented triple-wing rig has received a coveted ‘Approval in Principle’ (AiP) status from shipping classification society DNV

This significant milestone in the company’s history is the result of years of design iteration work combined with the use of cutting-edge CFD to refine the wings before extensive wind tunnel testing and analysis by independent third parties. Each wing has trailing edge flaps that allow for optimisation of the motive force produced for a variety of incident wind angles and, crucially, allow the rigs to produce the highest power density of any current wind-powered solution. With three rigs set, they can produce all the power required to sail an 80,000 DWT ship on the main long transoceanic routes. 

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Hunterston PARC 900 job deal with subsea energy cable manufacturer

Hunterston Port and Resource Campus (Hunterston PARC) is primed to secure a deal with a sustainable energy sector company that would result in the creation of 900 permanent jobs at the giant Ayrshire site.

Owner Peel Ports Group Clydeport has signed an option agreement with XLCC for a 70-acre facility to include two factories producing state-of-the-art high voltage direct current (HVDC) cable for use in the subsea transmission of renewable energy.

The plan also includes the construction of research and development laboratories, offices, stores, electrical infrastructure and a high-tech cable delivery system, taking over almost a quarter of the land available for development at the former ore and coal terminal.
The development requires investment in the order of £370m for buildings and plant, with another £200m for a commissioned specialist ship capable of transporting the massively heavy cable reels. The vessel would be shared with a third XLCC factory planned for Wales.

XLCC has instigated the planning process with North Ayrshire Council and a planning application is expected to go before committee in February next year. If consent is given work would begin in April, with another 400 jobs created during the construction phase.

The schedule is for test lengths of cable to be made by April 2023, with 200 jobs in place at the start of that year. Full manufacturing production will be underway by November 2024 with the remaining 700 jobs in place between May 2024 and November 2024. 

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Major supplier to Royal Navy set for £2.6BN takeover by US-owned firm

Ultra Electronics Group, a British company serving the defence, security, critical detection and control markets, will be bought by Cobham, owned by the US investment firm Advent. The US-owned firm said the combined company would play a “mission-critical” role in defence and security for the “five eyes” network of intelligence allies – the UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Ultra undertakes highly sensitive work providing advanced submarine-hunting sonar, and supplying military programmes including Typhoon fighter jets.

The UK-listed group employs more than 4,600 people across the globe, including about 1,700 in the UK.

Cobham also revealed however Ultra’s energy and forensics divisions – possibly seen as not being part of its core aerospace and defence focused work – could be sold.

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Babcock Awarded Contract To Support Irish Naval Service’s OPVs

Babcock International, the aerospace, defence and security company, has been awarded a contract to deliver the installation of a variable speed drive system for the central cooling system on board the Irish Navy’s P60 Samuel Beckett Class.

The variable speed drive system was first installed on the central cooling system of the fourth Offshore Patrol Vessel, LÉ George Bernard Shaw (P64), at time of build, enabling the vessel to use a variety of power outputs depending on the conditions and requirements. The system has proven to be very successful, with the Irish Naval Service requesting it to be installed across the class to save power, fuel and cost, whilst providing a more environmentally friendly running option across the class.

The contract will see Babcock International Group working alongside a range of suppliers to complete the work package for the Irish Naval Service, which will include all aspects of the project from design to engineering assurance.

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Contract for Uig Ferry Terminal Upgrade awarded

The Highland Council has announced that the contract for the upgrade of Uig Ferry Terminal on the Isle of Skye has been awarded to RJ McLeod (Contractors) Limited.

Uig Port is owned by The Highland Council and working closely with Transport Scotland, Caledonian Maritime Assets, CalMac Ferries Limited and Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar, the ferry terminal will be upgraded with new infrastructure which will improve the ferry service provision at Uig and provide a safer enhanced experience for all ferry and harbour users both now and into the future. This forms a key part of the Skye Triangle upgrade with works ongoing at Tarbert and Lochmaddy.

Construction work is expected to begin in September 2021 and it is thought the work will be completed in summer 2023.

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Rolls-Royce picks British bidder for marine arm Bergen after Norwegian state veto

Rolls-Royce Holdings has picked a UK government contractor as the preferred bidder for its maritime engine manufacturing arm after an earlier sale to a Russian group was vetoed by Norwegian politicians.

It is understood that Rolls-Royce is racing to finalise the sale of Bergen Engines to Langley Holdings Plc, a Nottinghamshire-based industrial conglomerate, ahead of the FTSE-100 engineering giant’s half-year results this week.

City sources said that Rolls-Royce was in advanced talks with Langley, a relatively low-profile business which nevertheless employs more than 4,000 people.

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Hull’s new £73m cruise terminal plans take next step

A specialist marine engineering firm is set to be hired to work on Hull’s £73m cruise terminal project.

Hull’s new £73m cruise terminal plans take next step

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UK duo to pilot robotic turbine inspection tools

Eleven-I and Innvotek successful in latest GE and ORE Catapult ‘Stay Ashore’ programme call

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Holyhead Breakwater to undergo refurbishment due to erosion of foundations

A consultation has been launched over plans to refurbish Holyhead Breakwater amid concerns it could fail within the next 15 years.

Investigations of the structure have identified a need for a large scale refurbishment of the Breakwater to ensure that it can continue to receive about 70 per cent of all vehicle movement between Ireland and Wales and the North West.

The work, proposed by Royal HaskoningDHV on behalf of Stena Line, would see the construction of two layers of concrete armour units, weighing 43.5 tonnes each, placed along the breakwater over a width of approximately 40 metres.

Stena Line Ports is asking for the public’s views on the proposed refurbishment as part of its pre-application consultation from June 7 to July 4.

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