Search goes on for Buckie Shipyard buy-out

The search for a new operator for Buckie Shipyard continues despite the setback of the administrators appointed to oversee the closed yard themselves went into administration.

New administrators are now in place and are working closely with such as Moray Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to secure a future for the yard.

In total 68 people lost their jobs when Buckie Shipyard entered administration with just six employees retained to oversee maintenance at the site.

While a spokesman for new administrators Baker Tilly said this weekend that there was no update on the future of the yard, local SNP councillor Gordon McDonald insisted that he was remaining positive over the future and the potential for a buy-out to take place.

He said: We know that there are quite a number of interested parties but a lot of the talks are confidential at the moment. ┬áIt should be a ‘good news’ story in the end – at the moment this is a positive feeling about the shipyard.”

Moray Council has worked hard at promoting Buckie as a possible centre of operations and maintenance for offshore turbine developments planned on the Moray Firth, although no company has come forward to say if they will invest in the town in that capacity.

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