Harland and Wolff Joins Golder in New Enviro-Venture

Saturday 17 June 2006

Harland and Wolff and Golder Associates say the alliance provides an unparalleled ship recycling capability in the UK.

“The successful alignment of Harland and Wolff and Golder Associates brings together best environmental practice and world class facilities to foster environmentally-focused and sustainable recovery and recycling of vessels and offshore structures within the UK,” says Martin Bjerregaard of Golder Associates.

Vessel recycling in Europe is a rapidly growing industry which operates within tight environmental and health & safety controls, says Harland and Wolff.

“We have applied to the Environment and Heritage Service for a waste management licence to allow us to expand our activities into this important area,” says Robert J Cooper, Harland and Wolff chief executive.

“We have the largest dry docks in Europe as well as unparalleled experience in marine design, construction and conversion,” says Mr Cooper, “and Golder Associates have a global reputation as leaders in environmental engineering with a track record of successfully completing complex recycling and decommissioning projects under the most stringent environmental parameters.”

Mr Bjerregaard says the growing demand for environmentally sound methods for the management of end-of-life ships means Harland and Wolff is positioned to benefit.

“Through this new venture, Harland and Wolff and Golder Associates will be contributing to the economic development of the Belfast region through increased employment and income generation,” he says. “We are also able to support the shipping industry with a sound environmental solution to the growing waste management issue of what to do with vessels and offshore structures when they reach the end of their useful life.”