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Steamship Group 'to close Nike Engineering'

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group is proposing to close its Nike Engineering operation on the islands following a recent review.

The company acquired Nike in 2011 as a way of offering automotive and marine engineering services on Scilly, including the maintenance of its own vessels.

Following the review, the Steamship Group said operations at Nike were unsustainable and fell outside the Group’s main business activities and core focus. Vessel maintenance would instead be carried out by its team from Penzance Dry Dock.

A spokesperson for the Steamship Group said: “This has not been an easy decision, but we want to concentrate on our core business of passenger and freight services and in recent years it has been a challenge to recruit and retain skilled engineers on the islands.

“With our investment to improve our air resilience, we are confident we can meet our marine engineering needs using our Penzance Dry Dock team on the mainland, transporting them by air when necessary.”

The spokesperson said the company has started a consultation with the two full-time and two part-time staff at Nike, including the potential for redeployment to other parts of the business.

The intention is to transfer Nike’s current fuel sales to Island Carriers.


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