Harland & Wolff's owners InfraStrata confirmed that the Appledore site in Devon was fully operational in August 2021, little over 2 years after its closure in 2019

Despite the UK’s unheralded prowess in fulfilling the most technologically-complex naval vessel projects, the erosion of commercial shipbuilding capability and trade skills since the 1980s means pragmatism and long-term thinking must underpin any bid to revitalise the sector, writes David Tinsley.

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