ICE participated in the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) Annual Conference and the National Shipbuilding Office (NSO) Symposium in Edinburgh last month. This combined event focused on reviewing the progress of the refreshed UK National Shipbuilding Strategy after one year and exploring future opportunities for the UK maritime enterprise.
As part of the program, attendees were invited to visit Babcock Rosyth, where they received a briefing (pictured on the left) on Babcock’s activities before touring the 300-acre site. The tour included a visit to the new assembly hall where Babcock currently construct the first two of a series of five Type 31 frigates for the UK Ministry of Defence.
A few years ago, ICE had several of its engineers stationed at Rosyth to assist Babcock with design of the two Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers, which were assembled and commissioned at the yard.
The picture on the right is a “selfie” taken by Gerry Deighan, Production Director for Babcock’s frigates with Steinar Draegebo, ICE’s Chairman and CEO. Gerry was earlier a steel shop foreman at the Govan shipyard in Glasgow when Steinar was Chief Executive of that yard; they were both pleased by unexpectedly meeting years later in the Rosyth yard.
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