Tuesday, 10 March 2009
The SNP has welcomed news that BVT is to build a patrol vessel for Tinidad and Tobago on the Clyde.
Deputy First Minister and Govan MSP, Nicola Sturgeon, said: "This is
excellent news for the Clyde workforce and reinforces the reputation of
Scottish yards as the best in the world.
SNP Westminster leader and Defence spokesperson, Angus Robertson MP, said: "This excellent news underlines the tremendous skill and quality levels on the Clyde and the potential of the export market.
"It is clear that Scottish yards are securing orders on the basis of their formidable skills, and record of delivery.
"Shipbuilding plays an important role within Scotland’s manufacturing
base, and it is clear that in all circumstances the industry can have a
"As BVT works through orders from the UK Ministry of Defence more work must be sourced internationally.
"With excellent facilities and a committed workforce on the Clyde, it is clear that orders can be won from around the world."
BVT Surface Fleet, the maritime Joint Venture between BAE Systems and VT Group, have announced that they will build, integrate, test and commission (up to Sea Trials) an Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) for the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, and undertake considerable further work on another, at its facilities on the Clyde in Glasgow.