Cammell Lairds, current owners of Lairds, announced in November 1999, that Graving Dock Number 4,
which has fallen into disrepair, is to be refurbished.
The refurbished Dock, which stands alongside Alabama Way, will be used as a training school for apprentice shipbuilders.
The refurbishment is expected to take about 8 months. The family of Admiral Semmes have expressed interest, and wish to attend any re-opening if possible.