Harland and Wolff to the Rescue

Monday 01 September 2003

The 18,000-tonne vessel made contact with the Belfast yard and docking preparations where underway within hours for repairs to one of the rear “azimuth” thrusters – auxiliary engines used to manoeuvre a vessel when docking.

George Cuthbert, Harland and Wolff’s Project Manager says the ability of the yard to take on this type of emergency work is further proof that it is well geared to succeed in the markets it is now pursuing.

“Ship repair, conversion and maintenance are among Harland and Wolff’s biggest strengths,” says Mr Cuthbert, “and we are very pleased to be able to react so swiftly to the urgent needs of a ship operator.”

P&O Irish Sea Ship Superintendent Paul Radcliffe says emergencies such as these have a profound impact on the services his company offers. “The sooner we are able to return a vessel to service the better for us,” says Mr Radcliffe. “P&O Irish Sea is dedicated to supplying uninterrupted service to our customers, so having reliable backup from local vendors such as Harland and Wolff is vital.”

The 150-metre long European Envoy was built in Japan in 1979 and serves the Mostyn – Dublin freight route for P&O Irish Sea.

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Media contact:
David McVeigh, Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries, tel: 02890 458456
Joris Minne, JLPR, tel: 07876 218978