Harland & Wolff has been chosen as the preferred bidder by the Falkland Islands Government (FIG) to support delivery of the islands’ port facility, known as FIPASS.

The decision was announced by FIG following a sitting of its Executive Council last week. The value of the contract is between £100 and £120million.

Harland & Wolff already has a great legacy with the Falkland Islands, as it built the six linked barges which make up the islands’ existing port facility more than 40 years ago. The FIPASS project involves the build, transportation, and installation of four floating pontoons, each measuring around 90 metres each in length.

Reacting to this week’s news, Harland & Wolff Chief Executive Officer, John Wood, said: “We are proud to have been chosen as the preferred bidder for the FIPASS replacement, marking another significant achievement in our expanding non-defence portfolio.

“This project not only highlights our enduring partnership with the Falkland Islands Government but also reinforces our reputation as a trusted provider for large and complex marine engineering projects.

“With our history of delivering the original FIPASS, we bring a wealth of experience combined with the latest in manufacturing innovation to deliver a modern, efficient, and sustainable port system.

“This project not only signifies a step forward for the Falkland Islands but also for Harland & Wolff as we continue to build on our legacy of excellence and innovation.”

The full details of the contract are currently being determined, but Harland & Wolff has the flexibility to carry out the build work across its four sites including Belfast, Appledore, Arnish and Methil.