The history of shipbuilding on the Clyde has been one of rapid expansion to its heyday with several yards producing ships that graced seas and oceans around the world, to a period of decline leading to the present day where two remain on the upper Clyde under the ownership of one firm BAE.
The company has to provide clarity to its workers what its future plans are but in order to do so it requires a decision from the MoD on the Type 26 Frigates that will secure work either on the Clyde on in Portsmouth until after 2020.
The mounting fear is one of the yards will close and with the news of five cranes coming down at Govan providing more fuel to the existing speculation it could be that which closes.
Everyone in the shipbuilding industry in Scotland hopes that is not the case and that both yards can survive providing work for thousands of skilled and loyal workers.
The men and women who build the ships that carry the Clyde Built guarantee are still regarded as among the best in the world.
They deserve better than this.