In­sol­vent Tos­mare Ship­yard plans to lay off work­ers

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Tos­mare Ship­yard, which has been de­clared in­sol­vent re­cently, has plans to lay off work­ers, as re­ported by LTV.

TV Kurzeme man­aged to con­tact the com­pany’s chair­man Alek­san­drs Vaļums. Un­for­tu­nately, he did not pro­vide any com­ments on this mat­ter. In­sol­vency ad­min­is­tra­tor Ivars Meļķis, on the other hand, said the com­pany’s le­gal pro­tec­tion plan was de­clined be­cause it was sub­mit­ted too late. Right now the main ob­jec­tive is as­sess­ing the com­pany’s fi­nan­cial state and re­duc­ing costs, which is planned to do by means of lay-offs.

«Look­ing at our clos­est or­ders and which spe­cial­ists are needed to com­plete them, we will plan out lay-offs ac­cord­ingly,» Meļķis told LTV, adding that less-im­por­tant em­ploy­ees could be fired in the near fu­ture. «Still, it does not ex­clude the pos­si­bil­ity of them be­ing hired back af­ter some time,» he added.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from the State Em­ploy­ment Agency, Tos­mare Ship­yard has around 160 em­ploy­ees. So far SEA has not re­ceived a re­port from this com­pany re­gard­ing a large-scale lay-off plan, nor has the agency been able to con­tact the com­pany’s man­age­ment. «No one an­swered any of the calls we have made us­ing the phone num­bers avail­able to us. With that, we are un­able to com­ment on what hap­pens at the com­pany and what they plan to do in the fu­ture,» SEA Liepaja Of­fice man­ager Dace Baimane told LTV.

Cur­rently SEA in Liepaja of­fers 700 va­can­cies. Ap­prox­i­mately 100 of them are as­so­ci­ated with met­al­lurgy and ship-build­ing, LTV re­ports.

On 9 Au­gust, Kurzeme Dis­trict Court de­clared AS Tos­mare Ship­yard in­sol­vent. Ivars Meļķis was ap­pointed as the com­pany’s in­sol­vency ad­min­is­tra­tor.

The re­quest for in­sol­vency was sub­mit­ted by SIA Smare. Smare rep­re­sen­ta­tive, lawyer Ēriks Štāl­bergs said Tos­mare Ship­yard’s debt to his rep­re­sented com­pany is EUR 21,557. At the same time, he added that Smare has mul­ti­ple as­so­ci­ated com­pa­nies, but only one of them has sub­mit­ted a plea to the court. The to­tal debt Tos­mare Ship­yard has be­fore as­so­ci­ated com­pa­nies is around EUR 90,000.

«Tos­mare Ship­yard was ag­o­niz­ing through­out last au­tumn and win­ter. The com­pany has nearly no em­ploy­ees left. All the work is per­formed by sub-con­trac­tors. And the com­pany is left in­debted to them. Sev­eral com­pa­nies have al­ready turned to us. So far, how­ever, we have been able to reach an agree­ment with Tos­mare Ship­yard re­gard­ing debt re­pay­ment sched­ule. This time, un­for­tu­nately, we’ve not been able to reach an agree­ment. This is likely be­cause Tos­mare Ship­yard has no funds left,» said Štāl­bergs, adding that Tos­mare Ship­yard did try to reach an agree­ment with Smari, but shortly be­fore the court ses­sion it had trans­ferred EUR 1,000 to the ac­count of its cred­i­tor.

Ivars Soikāns/LETA

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