Michael Fallon appointed Minister for Portsmouth

Michael Fallon, who currently holds ministerial posts in both the business and energy departments, has been appointed Minister for Portsmouth. The newly-created role is designed to help the city in the aftermath of the loss of hundreds of jobs in the shipbuilding industry. Last year defence giant BAE Systems announced it would move Navy shipbuilding […]

Russian floating nuclear on track

The construction of Russia’s first floating nuclear power plant is progressing, with the two steam turbines now in place. According to World Nuclear News, the Baltiysky Zavod shipbuilding company completed installing the turbo-generators, each weighing 230 tonnes, on 3 August in Saint Petersburg. Four kilometres of power cable are to be installed by mid-August, the […]

Marine industry worth £3.7bn to UK economy

The UK’s marine industries contribute £3.7bn to the British economy each year, according to figures released today by the Marine Industries Leadership Council. Comprising more than 5,000 companies, the marine industries employ around 120,000 people across the UK and have a combined turnover of £10bn. Minister of State for Business and Enterprise Mark Prisk said: […]

Liverpool ready to reap windpower rewards

Liverpool is ready and able to become the UK west coast’s major wind power hub. A report by global consulting engineers Arup published yesterday reveals that port, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution assets are already in place to generate growth in renewable energy. Merseyside is in particular targeting Rounds 2 and 3 of the Irish Sea […]