Future secure for Penzance Dry Dock
Penzance Dry Dock may has a future, thanks to new buyer. Photo Paul Williams
9th July 2021
By Juliet Lunam
Penzance Dry Dock has been sold to an engineering firm in the town - safeguarding its future and the jobs of those who work there.
The news was revealed on Friday, July 9 after months of speculation.
Back in May the Penzance Voice reported how the facility - billed as the oldest of its kind in Europe - was rumoured to be closing.
The dock, which opened in 1834, had been leased by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group since 2009.
In 2015, the group announced a £200,000 investment in the structure to replace its roof and sides with high spec plastisol coated steel sheeting.
At the time, the business employed 15 staff and had won a contract to supply fabrication and construction services to the Penzance Jubilee Pool for its restoration.
But six years on, the company decided an extensive review meant the group would be re-focussing its attentions to other areas of business.
It was unclear what would happen to the dock until it was revealed the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group has sold it to Penzance-based engineering business Linked Solutions SW Limited.
All current employees will remain employed and Linked Solutions has also pledged to maintain the dry docking facility for leisure and commercial vessels.
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