Drydocks bids for La Salle repair
The Drydocks is yet again bidding for a repair contract
on the US Navy Sixth Fleets flagship, the La Salle, which will
be awarded toward the end of May. The Sixth Fleet operates in the Mediterranean
The La Salle was in Malta for repairs in 2001 amid much controversy,
which saw Prime Minister Eddie Fenech Adami threaten the removal of
government subsidies for the Yard if the workers refused to work
on the navy ship.
At the time, the GWU drydocks section was adamantly opposed to the repairs,
citing the neutrality clause in the Constitution as its main reason.
Good sense eventually prevailed and the GWU accepted the repair work.
The La Salle sailed into Maltas port for repairs without any incidents.
The work was completed on time and to perfection.
Expectations are running high among Drydocks workers that the good impression
left on the Americans may yet again secure the bid for the Drydocks.
Meanwhile, Chairman John Cassar White yesterday told The Malta Financial
and Business Times that the workload at the shipyards was quite good
even if the Yard still had to win a major contract.