Titanic shipyard to go into administration

The formal legal process to place Harland and Wolff, builders of the Titanic, into administration will be completed later today (Tuesday).

An insolvency request is expected to be filed at the High Court in Belfast. Yesterday the Belfast shipyard announced that accountancy firm BDO had been appointed administrators.

Having employed more than 30,000 workers at its peak, the move could now put 132 jobs at risk and spell the end of the famous firm.

Meanwhile, union GMB has challenged UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to put his money where his mouth is and back Harland and Wolff.

Its members have been protesting for 24 hours over job fears at the Harland and Wolf Shipyard in Belfast where the Titanic was built and demands the shipyard is renationalised, securing hundreds of jobs and Belfast’s place as a global centre of shipbuilding.

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said: “It’s high time Boris Johnson put his money where his mouth is and produced a plan to save Harland and Wolff.

“I’ve been to Belfast to stand with our members – this is a fight for their jobs and livelihoods, but it’s about the wider future of our manufacturing industry too.

“The future of Harland and Wolff is more than a ‘commercial issue’ that the Prime Minister can stand by and do nothing about

“We’re sick of good jobs being sent overseas when skilled workers in UK and Ireland are facing the dole.

“If Boris Johnson is serious about investing in nations and regions, in creating skilled jobs and opportunities, then action is needed right now.”