MSC Napoli bound for Harland and Wolff

Sunday 09 September 2007

The forward portion of the 62,000 dwt vessel, which was beached at the direction of the Secretary of State’s Representative in storms off England’s south-west coast in January of this year, will be towed to Belfast mid August.

On arrival, the MSC Napoli will be placed in Harland and Wolff’s 556m long dry dock. There it will be decontaminated, deconstructed and materials collected for recycling offsite. The entire project is expected to take some four to five months.

Announcing the award of the contract, David McVeigh, Harland and Wolff’s head of Sales and Marketing, said, “Harland and Wolff have an extensive track record in the Marine and Offshore industry, dealing with large and complex projects. The decommissioning and recycling of MSC Napoli will utilise existing methods and procedures proven over hundreds of prior projects”.

Mr McVeigh continued, “Owners with vessels coming to the end of their working lives generally had no alternative but to use traditional ‘beach-breaking’ methods, which come with their inherent environmental and human impact.”

“This project, arising in very different circumstances, will establish a solution for European ship recycling, as Harland and Wolff / Golder Associates offers ship and offshore structure owners large, modern facilities combined with proven operating procedures that ensure high environmental and Health & Safety standards. Today is a good day for Harland & Wolff and the environment.”

Julian Jones, Golder Associates (UK) Ltd MD said, “Harland and Wolff and Golder decided several years ago to apply their joint brand and expertise to raising the standards of ship and offshore structure decommissioning and recycling. Golder Associates have an extensive track record of decommissioning, remediation and recycling projects, throughout Europe and across the world. We are working hard to progressively develop a state-of-the-art decommissioning and recycling facility for owners looking for a solution that is corporately and socially responsible".