Harland and Wolff, the Belfast shipyard that built the Titanic, has been saved from closure after a London-based energy company stepped in with a £6m rescue deal. The historic shipyard, which also built the HMS Belfast cruiser now permanently moored on the Thames as a museum, went into administration in August after its Norwegian parent company collapsed. But InfraStrata, whose main project is building the Islandmagee underground gas storage plant off the coast of Country Antrim, said it planned to retain the 79 workers still employed at the yard and could increase the workforce to 400. The Unite union praised the company’s workers for fighting to keep it alive, including a nine-week sit-in protest that was designed to raise awareness about its plight. Unite’s assistant general secretary for manufacturing, Steve Turner, said: “I always knew that this incredible workforce would fight for and win the future that this community wholeheartedly deserves. They have stood strong and resolute while others were too ready to throw in the towel. “Now, we have work to do. We have a shipyard to get back up and running to its full potential.” InfraStrata’s chief executive, John Wood, said buying Harland and Wolff would cut the… Read full this story
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