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Plans Afoot For UK To Create Best Maritime Industry In The World
The government has outlined its commitment to working with maritime industry to deliver an ambitious export plan after Brexit, with the transport secretary saying that after leaving the EU the UK will be the best country anywhere to do maritime business with.
Chris Grayling explained that this is because there will be more trade opportunities, more investment in innovative technologies and more jobs, resulting in the UK’s maritime sector becoming a global front runner where future tech and innovation are concerned.
This will be achieved through collaboration with industry partners to seize new opportunities and grow the sector significantly, encouraging maritime employers to double the number of apprenticeships on offer, creating a plan to promote the industry up to 2050, and launching a shipbuilding renaissance that forms part of the National Ship Building Strategy.
“Leaving the European Union will allow Britain to seize new opportunities and rediscover our heritage as a truly global, seafaring, trading nation. Our maritime industry, far from being a story of the past, is a thriving success story – worth around £15 billion a year to our economy and supporting a quarter of a million jobs,” Mr Grayling went on to say.
This comes after the Ministry of Defence unveiled new plans for the construction of warships for the Royal Navy, with projects to be spread across shipyards around the country. Currently, BAE enjoys near-monopoly on building ships for the navy and these plans could threaten this stronghold on the sector.
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