Shipbuilders sculpture work to begin

Construction of a new 10-metre tall sculpture honouring Inverclyde’s shipbuilding heritage is set to begin.

Work started this week on the foundations for the giant ‘Shipbuilders of Port Glasgow’ statue, which will take pride of place in the town’s Coronation Park.

The sculpture of two stainless steel figures hard at work has been designed and built by renowned artist John McKenna following a public vote and consultation.
The artwork pays tribute to Port Glasgow and Inverclyde’s shipbuilding past.

When installed, the figures will measure 10 metres (33 feet) in height with a combined weight of 14 tonnes.

It is thought to be the largest sculptural figure of a shipbuilder in the UK and one of the biggest of its kind in Western Europe.

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A big future for UK shipbuilding

The second iteration of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSbS) is due to be published soon.

The Johnson government has already made a commitment to double spending on shipbuilding in the next 10 years, averaging £1.7Bn a year.

NSbS II looks set to be expanded with a programme that outlines work for the next 30-years.

At the core of the NSbS is the intention to build ships to a regular drumbeat, breaking the disastrous boom and bust cycle that has plagued the industry in the last few decades.

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Join us at the Hidden Lane Brewery, November 4th in Glasgow for the COP26 – UN Climate Change Conference.

We are once again hosting our hugely successful network event Time & Tide at this years COP26. This FREE event will bring together professionals from all aspects of the maritime sector to network and socialise.

Join us to listen and debate with a panel of leading experts who will be Distilling COP26 & Championing the use of Green Hydrogen in the maritime sector and network with members of the National Maritime UK Marine Hydrogen Working Group as they champion the drive to decarbonise the maritime sector

This COP26 fringe event will offer an informal atmosphere and relaxed environment to chat and do business.

Starts: 18.00 hrs

To register your attendance please email

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UK Marine Hydrogen Working Group – Join ‘the’ only UK Marine focussed hydrogen working group

If you or your organisation would like to join ‘the’ only UK Marine focussed hydrogen working group contact Tim Munn or Peter Green or e:

The working group is free to join and is aimed at those organisations or professionals that are either already involved in or have a desire to be involved in the Hydrogen economy.

The intention of the group is to assist with the acceleration of decarbonisation by championing the use of hydrogen. To be `the` leading voice towards government and regulatory bodies and ultimately to provide more opportunities to members by making connections.

With leading influencers in the hydrogen space working alongside the National Maritime membership, it is a well-informed working group discussing the technical, regulatory, and financial challenges to vessel design and conversion and infrastructure development.

Members of the working group will also be at COP26 – UN Climate Change Conference on the 4TH of November, Glasgow, where a panel of leading experts including James Walker EMEC: European Marine Energy Centre, David Scott David Scott Marine Ltd and Tim Munn Marine Zero will be Distilling COP26 & Championing the use of Green Hydrogen in the maritime sector as they drive to decarbonise the sector.

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Marine Supply Chain Opportunities for India Maritime Defence Sector

Our objective is to help drive trade and growth for us all.

National Maritime together with our SME Working Group champions Santander UK Corporate & Commercial Banco Santander and the UK India Business Council would like to invite you to this exclusive webinar on the India Maritime Defence Sector.

Date: 09 November 2021
Time:11:00 to12:30 BST

At the May 2021 Summit the Prime Ministers of India and UK set out a shared vision for the UK-India defence partnership and agreed to advance the relationship to a new level. Both governments have agreed Joint Statement and a 2030 Roadmap, which includes a Free Trade Agreement. This marks the beginning of a promising new era for UK-India research, capability and industrial collaboration on Indian combat air, maritime propulsion, space, cyber security and beyond.

As Defence is one of the four pillars of the Roadmap, we are bringing together sector experts and industry leaders to provide valuable insights and knowledge on this sector with focus on the Indian market.

This webinar is also supported by Make UK Defence, it aims to highlight opportunities in the Indian maritime defence supply chain for UK companies and to provide a briefing on the broad direction of the India-UK defence and maritime collaboration. Areas to be covered in the session would include  

>A briefing on the India UK bilateral relationship and recent reforms announced by India
>Current and Upcoming Opportunities in the India Maritime defence sector
>How UK companies can access these opportunities and procurement processes
>Export Finance and support channels via UKEF


>Dominic Beales – First Secretary Defence and Security of India British High Commission, New Delhi;
>Commodore Bunty Sethi, Aerospace & Defence Director of UK India Business Council;
>Richard McCallum, Vice Chair of UK India Business Council;
>Chris Lynch, Director, Trade and Supply Chain Finance of Santander UK

Don’t miss the chance to hear from experts and leaders from the defence and marine sector.

Register Today

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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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Scottish ferries being built abroad a ‘humiliation’

The failure of Scotland’s state-owned shipyard to compete for a Scottish ferry building contract was an “international humiliation”, Scottish Labour Party leader Anas Sarwar has claimed.

It was announced last week that Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) Limited had failed to make the shortlist to build two ferries serving the islands of Islay and Jura, with yards in Turkey, Romania and Poland now in contention for the contracts.

The two new boats will be the first major order by government-backed entity Caledonian Maritime Assets, which procures vessels for CalMac, since Glen Sannox and an as-yet unnamed ship, known as Hull 802, which are still under construction at the Ferguson shipyard.

Glen Sannox is currently due to be delivered in the second half of next year, more than four years late, with the two ships costing the taxpayer more than double the original contract price.

Speaking during First Minister’s Questions in Parliament, Sarwar challenged First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to explain “how a Scottish yard, supporting Scottish jobs and owned by The Scottish Government failed to even make the shortlist to build Scotland’s ferries”.

The Ferguson Marine yard in Port Glasgow was nationalised by Scottish National Party (SNP) ministers in 2019 to prevent it falling into administration again.

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Small warships for Ukraine to be built in Scotland

As part of the Ukrainian Naval Capabilities Enhancement Programme (UNCEP) agreement signed with the UK government in October 2020, Babcock International Group will build at least one, probably two Fast Inshore Attack Craft (FIAC) for Ukraine at their Rosyth facility.

Initial rumours suggested that FIAC based on the Vosper Thornycroft-designed Barzan class vessels could be built in the UK, possibly at the Appledore shipyard. The UNCEP subsequently appointed Babcock as the designated prime industrial partner for Ukraine and they will bring in SMEs to contribute as needed.

Industry sources suggested that BAE Systems, who had inherited the IP for the Barzan design, was willing to donate it on an ‘as seen only’ basis to other UK shipbuilders. However, Babcock assessed the Barzan as unsuitable, not least due to the drawbacks of its aluminium hull.

A former Babcock subsidiary, FBM Marine (acquired in 2000) had a portfolio of small-medium size fast patrol ship designs under the ‘Protector’ brand developed in the late 1990s. A total of eight FIAC will be built for Ukraine will be based on a modified and updated 50-metre Protector design (P50-U).

UNCEP is based on UK Export Finance in the form of a loan to the Ukrainian government and will include British-made equipment where possible and Ukrainian and other foreign content as required.

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UK, US and Australia launch defence and security partnership

The UK, the US and Australia have formed a defence and security partnership to further improve joint development capabilities and technology sharing.

Known as ‘AUKUS’, the collaboration will encourage deeper security and defence-related science, technology, industrial bases and supply chains integration.

The new security pact looks like being good news for British defence contractors.

Boris Johnson mentioned, early in his statement, the benefits for the UK economy.

Mr Johnson said the pact would create “hundreds of highly skilled jobs across the United Kingdom – including in Scotland, the North of England and the Midlands – taking forward this government’s driving purpose of levelling up across the whole country.”

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Design work begins on successor to Astute-class submarines in £170m deal

The first work has begun on a successor to the Submarine Service’s cutting-edge hunter-killer force – even before all the current boats have been delivered to the Royal Navy.

BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce have each been given £85m to start thinking about the design and capabilities of a new class of submarine which will eventually take over from the Astute class.

Over the next three years 350 designers, engineers and shipwrights – 250 in the North-West and 100 in the Midlands – will carry out design and concept work, work which will help Whitehall determine how it replaces the Astutes when they begin to reach the end of their active careers.

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