Belfast Telegraph

NI's shipbuilding industry could be revived by Newry firm's fit-out deal

By Emma Deighan

A Newry fit-out firm's multi-million pound contract with one of the world's biggest cruise lines "has the potential to revive" the shipbuilding industry in Northern Ireland, it's been claimed.

MJM Group, which signed a deal with Royal Caribbean Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises, will bring the first ever cruise ship fit-out to Belfast in April when it begins work on the Azamara Pursuit vessel.

MPs and MLAs welcomed the deal, the first time a cruise firm has granted an entire contract berthing, drydock and fit-out deal to a single company.

East Belfast DUP MP Gavin Robinson said: "It will put Belfast in a strong position going forward for future drydock refit contracts."

And Conor Murphy, Sinn Fein's economy spokesman and Newry and Armagh MLA, said: "The contract secured by MJM is the first of its kind for a Newry-based firm, and rightfully puts a global spotlight on the contribution of local employers to our island economy."

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