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24 August 2013

Buckie MSP Comments on Shipyard Administration

Commenting on the news today that Buckie Shipyard has gone into voluntary administration, Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson said:

"This is undoubtedly a blow to the town and my thoughts are with the workers affected by today's announcement.

"Along with my colleagues Angus Robertson as MP for the area and Buckie councillor Gordon McDonald, I will be meeting with Highlands & Islands Enterprise early next week to discuss the situation.

"I do believe that there is the potential, given the strengths of the area, not least of which is a dedicated workforce, that something can be done but I don't pretend that will be easy to achieve and it is something I will be urging the various agencies with responsibility for such matters to make every effort to achieve."

Moray MP Angus Robertson said:

"This news is a very worrying development in Buckie and I sincerely hope that the Administration process can result in a new start for the company and not a loss of an important business in the town. Buckie Shipyard has a long history in the east of Moray with its prominent role in Buckie Harbour and it will be a difficult time for the 68 workforce whose jobs are affected by this decision.

"With the prospect of good renewables related work on the horizon I hope that investors will see the strong potential that I believe the yard and the harbour has and I will now be meeting with Highlands and Islands Enterprise to see what can be done to help get the best outcome from this situation."

Buckie SNP councillor Gordon McDonald added:

"The changes that have occurred in the fishing industry over the last 30 years with bigger and bigger boats and a corresponding reduction in smaller vessels has had a significant impact on yards like Buckie and this news is clearly a shock for the town. The recent loss of RNLI work has also been significant.

"The public bodies in Moray such as The Moray Council and Highlands & Islands Enterprise will, I am sure, work together in an effort to get the best possible outcome in the coming weeks for the employees affected and for the town as whole."

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