I am pleased to confirm that the
final batch of timbers are being treated and freeze dried and we
hope they will be returned to the ship centre in early 2023. At
that point we can start working with the Friends of the Newport
Ship on the feasibility work required to consider how and where the
ship could be reconstructed in a permanent home. This was a commitment in the Labour Manifesto and
remains a pledge. It would not be
appropriate to allocate capital funding at this point in advance of
any feasibility work being undertaken.
In the interim our focus remains on
working in partnership with the Friends of the Newport Ship
to improve the visitor experience at the ship centre through
digital technology including VR, increasing our work with community
groups and young people and collecting baseline data that will be
vital for any future opportunities.