As many as a thousand new jobs could be created by plans for a ship repair yard at Portland. The Port Authority is looking for a partner to get the £50m project going.
If they find a backer it'll be a huge boost for jobs there, which suffered badly when the Navy withdrew from the area.
John Andrews reports:
Richard Drax MP (Con, South Dorset).
Steve Davies, Portland Port Authority
As many as 1000 new jobs could be created by plans for a ship repair yard at Portland. The Port Authority is looking for a partner to get the £50 million project going.
If they find a backer it will be a huge boost for jobs in Portland, which suffered badly when the Navy withdrew from the area.
A cruise ship which was impounded at Portland last week has been cleared to sail.
More than six hundred passengers were sent home from the MV Discovery when their cruise to see the Northern Lights was cancelled. The ship has now passed a number of safety checks and is expected to embark from Avonmouth on Friday.
A cruise ship that was impounded at Portland has been cleared to sail.
The MV Discovery passed a number of safety checks and is expected to embark from Avonmouth in Bristol on Friday.
More than 600 passengers were sent home when their cruise to see the Northern Lights was cancelled.
Passengers on a cruise ship due to leave Portland have been offered full refunds after their trip was cancelled without warning.
Seven hundred people were on board the Discovery ahead of a 15-day cruise to the Northern Lights when they were told the ship would not be leaving.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has told us that officials went on board the Discovery at the end of last week as part of a routine inspection, and found a number of issues with 'safety management systems'.
This related to crew familiarisation of the ship and training.
The MCA ordered that the vessel should remain in place until the owners had made a number of improvements.
Seven hundred passengers have been told that their cruise, a two-week trip around Norway, has been suddenly cancelled.
The Discovery was originally scheduled to sail from Avonmouth near Bristol but, due to tidal restrictions, it was re-routed to Portland in Dorset at the end of last week.
24 coaches transferred all passengers to Portland but the Captain then informed everyone on board that the cruise could not go ahead due to 'technical reasons'.
Passengers will all receive a full refund and £250 compensation per person.
The firm says that Discovery should be ready for its next scheduled departure from Avonmouth on March 15th.