Appledore Shipyard have started a sit-in to try and save their jobs. As with most ‘events’ these days, theres a blog too. Working in a shipyard myself I’ve seen the industry decline over the years. I can’t remember a year where redundancies havenï¿½t been an issue. I hope Appledore can find a way forward but even though we’re an island nation, the demand for ships and the competition from abroad (including government subsidies) make it tough to justify the small number of yards that are still open in the UK.