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UK government figures urge shipbuilding sector to boost productivity

19th March 2021 - 17:15 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London

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Plans will see 30-year pipeline for all military and government vessels put in place to provide certainty for industry.

The UK has initiated a ‘refresh’ of its earlier agreed shipbuilding strategy in a bid to boost an industry that still lags behind many of its European and international rivals, amid calls for the sector to improve its productivity by senior government and military figures. 

Senior government officials and military personnel took the opportunity at the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) annual conference to push UK shipyards to reform in order to win a greater share of the global commercial and military vessel market.

Delivering the keynote speech on 16 March, UK Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace claimed

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