New shipbuilding lending scheme launched to boost UK’s coastal communities.
New shipbuilding lending
scheme launched to boost UK’s coastal communities.
A new shipbuilding lending
scheme has been launched which could create hundreds of UK jobs and contribute
hundreds of millions of pounds to the UK economy.
• Government launches new scheme to help buyers purchase UK-built ships.
• Shipbuilding Credit Guarantee Scheme could create hundreds of UK jobs and contribute hundreds of millions to UK economy.
• Part of £4 billion National Shipbuilding Strategy Refresh plan to revitalise UK shipbuilding sector, which contributes £2.8bn a year to UK economy and supports 42,000 jobs.
A new government-backed scheme to help ship buyers access finance to buy UK-built vessels and upgrade existing ones will boost Britain’s coastal communities.
Through the Shipbuilding Credit Guarantee Scheme (SCGS) the Government will act as a guarantor for lenders, unlocking credit for maritime firms. It will help to boost the UK shipbuilding industry and drive growth in areas such as Liverpool, Plymouth, the Solent, Rosyth, Clydebank and Belfast.
The SCGS could create hundreds of new jobs and contribute hundreds of millions of pounds to the economy, according to government estimates based on the demand for commercial shipbuilding in the UK.
The scheme also forms part of the Government’s £4 billion plan to revitalise UK shipbuilding and coastal communities through the National Shipbuilding Strategy Refresh announced last year.
Industry Minister Nusrat Ghani formally launched the scheme at an event onboard Thames Clippers’ hybrid passenger boat the Earth Clipper – built at Wight Shipyard, one of the UK firms which stands to benefit from the new scheme – today (20 July) in London.
Minister for Industry and Economic Security Nusrat Ghani said:
“Shipbuilding is an integral part of the UK’s industrial identity and through this scheme we’re backing our great maritime businesses to steam ahead of the competition.
“With cutting-edge vessels designed and built here in the UK, this will not just be a boost to high-skilled careers in shipbuilding, but also for every company involved in the supply chain for ship construction and every UK firm that exports around the world, helping us to grow the economy.”
The SCGS will guarantee a percentage of the value of loans used to purchase, refit, retrofit or repair vessels, sharing the risk with lenders to encourage offers of finance to UK vessel owners and operators.
Shipbuilding is hugely important to the UK, supporting 42,600 jobs nationwide and adding £2.4 billion to the economy every single year. A strong domestic sector helps to support the wider economy’s export ambitions, with 95 percent of UK trade moved by sea.
Shipbuilding Tsar and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:
“As I set out in the National Shipbuilding Strategy Refresh, this scheme will help build confidence in UK shipyards, allowing them to invest in the people and the technology to drive productivity forward in this vital sector of the UK economy.”
Shipbuilding is a growing part of the UK’s new green economy. Supporting the purchase, construction and repair of high-value vessels will encourage continued investment in innovative, sustainable, low-carbon maritime technologies.
Maritime UK CEO Chris Shirling-Rooke MBE said:
"We applaud the Government for delivering on the pledge it made to industry in the National Shipbuilding Strategy Refresh sixteen months ago by launching the Shipbuilding Credit Guarantee Scheme.
“The SCGS is a massive vote of confidence from government, and it will empower the UK’s shipbuilding enterprise to compete fairly on the global stage in doing what it does best: building Great British ships.”