Harland and Wolff Ship Repair Conversion Work Grows 60%

Wednesday 19 January 2005

Harland and Wolff Chief Executive Robert Cooper says the marketing efforts undertaken by the company in the last 18 months have generated substantial growth in the Ship Repair and Conversion business. Harland and Wolff is also very active in Marine Design Engineering, Steel Fabrication and Civil Engineering.

“We are delighted that so many customers recognise the combination of quality and value for money available in Belfast. In 2004 we had a growth of 60% in vessel dockings and repairs. This is an excellent start for 2005,” says Mr Cooper.

Irish Ferries-operated Ulysses, Jonathan Swift and Normandy are currently in Harland and Wolff for annual survey and repairs. The fourth vessel in the fleet, Isle of Inishmore, is due in Harland and Wolff later in the month.

Ulysses, the world’s largest car ferry, shares Harland and Wolff’s main dock with the catamaran Jonathan Swift and the semi-submersible rig Borgsten Dolphin. Ulysses, which operates between Dublin & Holyhead, provides nearly three miles of parking space for 1,342 cars or 240 articulated trucks per sailing; no other passenger car ferry in the world can match its vehicle carrying capacity.

The Jonathan Swift, also operating from Dublin to Holyhead, can carry up to 800 passengers and 200 cars at a service speed of 39 knots.

The Normandy, operating between Rosslare - Roscoff & Cherbourg, will be undergoing structural enhancement as well as the annual survey and overhaul.

Stena Explorer HSS, which operates between Dunlaoghaire and Holyhead, is a high-speed catamaran capable of carrying 1,500 passengers and 360 cars at speeds up to 40 knots. She is currently undergoing annual repairs and painting. Her sister vessel, the Stena Discovery HSS that operates between Hoek van Holland and Harwich, is due at the end of January.

The Byford Dolphin is nearing completion of her upgrade and is due to depart for service in the North Sea. Work continues on her sister rigs Borgsten and Borgholm.

The Severn Fisher, a Products Tanker, presently undergoing engine repairs at one of Harland and Wolff’s quays. The 141m long tanker imports petrol into Northern Ireland from Great Britain.