Norwegian Consul Visits Harland and Wolff

Monday 04 April 2005

The ship yard which is owned by Oslo-based Fred Olsen Energy has witnessed a remarkable turn-around in the last three years. David McVeigh, Harland and Wolff’s head of sales and marketing, says new business has been generated in three key markets.

“We are still very involved in ship building, repair and conversion and our two building and repair docks have seen a 60% increase in dockings over 2003/2004,” says Mr McVeigh.

“But we are also securing new contracts in major civil engineering projects for bridges and other large-scale steel fabrication structures,” he says.

“We are delighted to welcome the Consul General and his colleague, Northern Ireland Consul for Norway, Michael Ewing,” says Mr McVeigh.

“Harland and Wolff has recently completed eight Norwegian projects, ranging from SPS inspections, repairs and upgrades to major conversions, involving AKER H3 type platforms.

“Northern Ireland and Norway have a very strong economic and social link through Harland and Wolff, with repeat customers spending as much time in Belfast as they do in their native country,” says Mr McVeigh.

Harland and Wolff is also active in design engineering with work being managed on behalf of ship yards throughout the world.