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Sign the declaration to save the Arnish fabrication yard from permanent closure and deliver jobs and work to the Isle of Lewis.

The Arnish fabrication yard on the Isle of Lewis has been lying mothballed for almost a year and it was recently confirmed that renewables supply chain firm BiFab has failed to secure any work from the £3 billion Seagreen offshore wind project.

Manufacturing contracts for the project’s 114 turbine jackets, which will be located 27 miles off the coast of Angus, will instead be delivered exclusively at yards in China and the UAE before being shipped to Scotland.

Scotland has no chance of a “green recovery” if there is no investment in the local supply chains and we continue to award renewables manufacturing contracts to the rest of the world.

The Action for Arnish campaign has been launched by community activists, trade unions, and local business and industry representatives, in order to save the Arnish fabrication yard from permanent closure and to create desperately needed employment on the island.

We can no longer rely on the hope that “something will turn up”. Everyone who supports the case for Arnish and its place in the island economy must now make their voices heard.

ACTION FOR ARNISH/GNIOMH AIRSON ARNAIS

 

The time has come for a campaign to save the Arnish fabrication yard on the Isle of Lewis from permanent closure and to create desperately needed employment on the island.

It is essential to recognise the Arnish yard as both a local and national asset which must not be allowed to decline further through disuse.

For too long, the fate of Arnish has been determined by forces with no primary commitment to the urgent economic needs of the community within which it is located.

The public should know the terms of the current leasing agreements and the options that are available in the continuing absence of work at the yard.

We believe that Arnish has the capacity and the island has the skills to carry out a wide range of contracts for oil and gas, renewable energy and other relevant sectors.

It is crucial for the future economic well-being of the island that Arnish is again able to offer well-paid employment and apprenticeships for young people.

Hundreds of individuals who could and should have been employed at Arnish in recent years have instead gone to work in the North Sea or much further afield, in order to support their families.

With the global oil industry, and the North Sea in particular, facing serious challenges, these options are already diminishing and the need for work at home is correspondingly greater, if unemployment and further depopulation are to be averted.

At a time when investment is vital to combat the economic effects of the pandemic, the case for Arnish must be recognised as crucial to the Western Isles economy.

There are huge potential opportunities associated with offshore and floating wind and it is essential that Arnish will be in a position to benefit from them.

After years of stop and start, we can no longer rely on hoping that “something will turn up”. Everyone who supports the case for Arnish and its place in the island economy must now make their voices heard.

As signatories to this declaration we demand:

  • Full transparency from the Scottish Government on current leasing arrangements with DF Barnes/BiFab
  • A clear statement from BiFab/DF Barnes on their intentions for the yard
  • Open access to the Arnish site for any company which can bring work to it
  • A marketing campaign which will promote Arnish’s advantages and potential
  • The necessary public investment to ensure the yard is upgraded to bid for available contracts
  • Development of a strategy involving public bodies, trades unions and the local community to ensure work, specifically but not exclusively, from offshore renewables comes to Arnish


Initial Signatories of the Action for Arnish Declaration:

  • Murdo F. Campbell, former Arnish worker and Stornoway Trustee
  • Roz Foyer, STUC General Secretary
  • Donald Crichton, Chair of Sustainable Development Committee, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
  • Hazel Nolan, GMB Scotland
  • Roddie Mackay, Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
  • Ian McCulloch, Chair of Outer Hebrides Energy Group
  • Brian Wilson, former UK Energy Minister and Lewis resident
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Dear First Minister,

I'm writing to urge you take action now to save the Arnish fabrication yard from permanent closure and deliver jobs and work to the Isle of Lewis.

It is essential to recognise the Arnish yard as both a local and national asset which must not be allowed to decline further through disuse.

For too long, the fate of Arnish has been determined by forces with no primary commitment to the urgent economic needs of the community within which it is located.

The public should know the terms of the current leasing agreements and the options that are available in the continuing absence of work at the yard.

We believe that Arnish has the capacity and the island has the skills to carry out a wide range of contracts for oil and gas, renewable energy and other relevant sectors.

It is crucial for the future economic well-being of the island that Arnish is again able to offer well-paid employment and apprenticeships for young people.

Hundreds of individuals who could and should have been employed at Arnish in recent years have instead gone to work in the North Sea or much further afield, in order to support their families.

With the global oil industry, and the North Sea in particular, facing serious challenges, these options are already diminishing and the need for work at home is correspondingly greater, if unemployment and further depopulation are to be averted.

At a time when investment is vital to combat the economic effects of the pandemic, the case for Arnish must be recognised as crucial to the Western Isles economy.

There are huge potential opportunities associated with offshore and floating wind and it is essential that Arnish will be in a position to benefit from them.

After years of stop and start, we can no longer rely on hoping that “something will turn up”. Everyone who supports the case for Arnish and its place in the island economy must now make their voices heard.

We need the following actions taken to help save the Arnish yard:

· Full transparency from the Scottish Government on current leasing arrangements with DF Barnes/BiFab

· A clear statement from BiFab/DF Barnes on their intentions for the yard

· Open access to the Arnish site for any company which can bring work to it

· A marketing campaign which will promote Arnish’s advantages and potential

· The necessary public investment to ensure the yard is upgraded to bid for available contracts

· Development of a strategy involving public bodies, trades unions and the local community to ensure work, specifically but not exclusively, from offshore renewables comes to Arnish

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