Harland & Wolff has been recognised by Cruise Industry News as a player in the cruise market. John Wood, Group CEO, was interviewed by the major cruise publication for a feature in the publication’s quarterly magazine: Winter 2020-2021.
With a combined circulation of more than 7,500, and a readership of more than 40,000 Cruise Industry News covers all the cruise lines, shipyards and other key decision-makers. Their publications are read by the decision makers at all the cruise lines and aboard the ships; and by shipyard executives, marine engineers, naval architects, and ship designers. These individuals are responsible for newbuilds and refurbishment; machinery, marine equipment, outfitting, furnishings, service and maintenance, itineraries, ports of call, shore excursions, food and beverage, galley and food service equipment, other marine, hotel and passenger products and services.
There are no other drydock facilities in the UK for large cruise vessels—we have two docks, 556 meters and 335 meters, and they are ideally located for cruise ships.
Over the last year, we have been investing in the Belfast shipyard, spending money on new dock gates, power lines and robotic welding equipment, to name a few. Our 81-acre facility is growing. When InfraStrata plc acquired the Belfast shipyard, there were just 65 employees, this has now grown to over 200. We have since acquired the Appledore shipyard and now a new office is being set up in Miami to better liaise with our cruise customers.
We expect this year to be busy with cruise ships. Everyone has been out of service for the past nine months. We see the classification dockings ramping up as the ships come back into service. We expect demand to increase in the first six months of this year as the industry stages a staggered return to service.
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