Harland and Wolff Embarks on Chinese Charm Offensive

Wednesday 19 November 2003

Mr Withers, says the China visit is being made to cement relationships which have been built up over the last number of years with leading Chinese shipyards and to develop Harland and Wolff’s global presence by being part of the Marintec trade exhibition in the city. A strong relationship already exists with the NACKS shipyard in Nantong following the supply by Harland and Wolff of class-approved basic design of a double-hull Suezmax tanker.

“Our target market includes shipyards and marine design consultants to whom we offer our vast experience and assistance in the design of marine and offshore vessels,” says Mr Withers. “Our advantage in design engineering is that, as a shipyard, we also have immense practical experience which we implement in our designs. This experience helps us make the designs fabrication/construction friendly and cost effective.”

“Ship-building is an industry on the move and Harland and Wolff’s design capacity is now streamlined and flexible enough to work anywhere in the world,” he says.

Harland and Wolff continues to provide key design engineering services to Californian shipyard NASSCO, in San Diego, and has developed strong relationships with other yards in the North American sector.

The team leaves Belfast on November 22 and doesn’t return until December 8.