London, May 30 (EFE). – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Sunday the construction of a new official ship to advance the United Kingdom’s political and commercial interests in the world.
The ship will replace the former British royal yacht Britannia, which has been abandoned since 1997 and is now a tourist attraction in Scotland, and the press expects it can be baptized in honor of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died at the age of 99 on April 9. ..
According to the statement, the new vessel, with an estimated cost of 200 million pounds (233 million euros), will be tendered soon and will start in 2022, and will host trade fairs, political summits and diplomatic negotiations. By the government.
The ship, which will prioritize the use of green technology, is expected to be under the command of the British Navy and has been in service for about thirty years.
In the memo, Johnson notes that “this new national ship will be the first ship of its kind in the world, reflecting the UK’s burgeoning position as a great independent maritime trading nation.”
All aspects of the ship, from how it is built to the events it hosts, will “promote the best” of the United Kingdom, as a “symbol of this country’s commitment” to “be an active player on the world stage,” he added.
The labor opposition indicated that the priority now is the post-pandemic recovery and is asking the government to “provide clear details of how (this ship) will boost trade, employment and growth in every corner of the country.” EFE
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