Falmouth-based Superyacht specialist, Pendennis Shipyard, has announced a strong start to 2021 with three new contracts in the pipeline.

The contracts are due to start later this spring and are a welcome boost to the company that currently employs just over 400 specialist tradespeople and support staff at its Falmouth docks location.

Like many UK businesses, trading conditions since the onset of the Covid pandemic have been anything but smooth sailing. With major internal operational changes being required to the running and set up of projects at the yard, as well as restrictions on movement and disruption to the international supply chain all adding pressure to the smooth running of the business.

The securing of these new contracts will not only provide more certainty for the 2021 order book but will result in the company actively recruiting for an additional 30-40 highly skilled new personal to join them – specifically fabricators, plumbers, engineers, outfitters, joiners and draught people. In addition, Pendennis will also be advertising for recent school leavers aged 16-19 to apply to join its apprenticeship scheme.

Toby Allies, joint MD at Pendennis, said: β€œTo be able to announce this positive news so early into 2021 is welcome news for the whole team at Pendennis. We pride ourselves on being a well-run international business, who has a highly skilled and trained workforce. The last 12 months have been challenging, but we are weathering the storm and starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel.”