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Bosses at a Scottish shipyard fear the £250m pair of ferries won't see (CalMac) service amidst spiralling series of serious faults.
A catalogue of spiralling faults with two vessels is at the centre of Scotland’s ferry fiasco under the stewardship of minister-controlled Ferguson Marine has prompted serious shipyard concerns over whether they will ever see service. A damning March internal analysis…
Harland & Wolff are delighted to appoint The Seafarers's Charity as their 2021/22 partner.
The iconic Belfast shipyard and multisite fabrication company of Harland & Wolff with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree has appointed The Seafarers’ Charity as its 2021/22 partner. This partnership will see Harland & Wolff join forces with one…
The Clyde shipyard of Ferguson Marine, were the issue of the shipyard was raised by Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross at FMQs.
The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has said she will “not apologise” for decisions taken with the aim of saving the shipyard Ferguson Marine. The Clyde yard was nationalised in 2019, but island communities are still awaiting the delivery…
Cunard's Queen Victoria arriving to Harland & Wolff shipyard is the only ever Cunard ship to dry-dock in Belfast.
The 294m Queen Victoria cruise ship is in Belfast Harbour for dry-docking and is another luxurious vessel turning heads this week. Putting the sheer scale into context, Queen Victoria as Belfast Telegraph writes, is around 25m longer than the Titanic or…
At the Clydeside shipyard of Ferguson Marine is where the 100-tonne block lift of the bow to be connected onto Hull 802. The ferry Afloat adds is one of two for operator CalMac.
Clydeside shipyard Ferguson Marine announced on Monday, the completion of a major milestone in the build of one of the dual fuel ferries currently under construction. Hull 802, as the vessel is currently known, was fitted with its large bow…
On the Clyde the historic Govan Docks downriver of Glasgow City, are to be restored so they can repair ships once more.The docks have been derelict for 35 years.
On the River Clyde a £500,000 scheme was announced to re-open the A-listed derelict Govan Graving Dock, just west of the Glasgow Science Centre at Pacific Quay on the river's south side. According to The Scotsman, the company behind the…
Shipyard group H&W opens an apprenticeship scheme for a significant intake of recruits across their five operations among them Belfast where above one of three cruiseships of Viking Cruises AFLOAT reported in 2020 as the shipyard refitted the trio of ships. A fleetmate Viking Venus this month visited Belfast Harbour in addition an anchorage call off Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
Shipyard group, Harland & Wolff plc is pleased to announce an apprenticeship scheme that is now open for applications. Running across all five Harland & Wolff operations (Appledore, Arnish, Belfast, Methil and its London headquarters) the group will be looking…
When dry-docking at A&P Falmouth is completed, the MV Balmoral according to operator Fred Olsen, is set to return to cruising in early May, with the ship sailing north to Newcastle, where teams will continue preparations. AFLOAT adds a fleetmate, Borealis made a maiden call to Cobh, Cork Harbour last week as the first caller in more than two years to visit.
A dry-dock at A&P Falmouth has welcomed a 218-meter /1,325 capacity cruise ship which is operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. Fred. Olsen cruise ships are regular visitors to Falmouth International Cruise Terminal, which is also operated by A&P. However,…
Float-out of Manxman at a shipyard in South Korea.
The new Isle of Man Steam Packet Company's vessel has successfully floated for the first time. The Manxman is currently under construction in a South Korean shipyard, and is set to replace the Ben-my-Chree when it enters service (in Spring,…
The Merseyside shipyard of Cammell Laird is where the facility's commercial division included Irish Lights aids to navigation tender ILV Granuaile which received a general dry-docking.
Merseyside shipyard Cammell Laird continues to enjoy a busy 2022 with a range of commercial vessels visiting its facilities for extensive programmes of works. In the same month that Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace visited the…
Harland & Wolff announce a two cruise ship contract for their Belfast shipyard as P&O Cruises’ Aurora and Cunard’s Queen Victoria (above) are expected in the yard in May and June. AFLOAT highlights the maiden call of the 'Cunarder' to Killybegs with the first visit by the cruiseship to the port  in 2018.
Harland & Wolff plc's Belfast shipyard has been awarded a drydock contract for two cruise ships from Cunard and P&O Cruises (see story) respectively that will occupy the Belfast drydock for 33 days in total. The companies have selected Harland…
One of the Scottish shipyard CalMac ferries, Glen Sannox in this file photo taken under construction in Port Glasgow.
Costing £4m are the engines bought for two much-delayed and over-budget (CalMac) ferries which as The Sunday Port writes, have not been tested since being delivered more than five years ago as experts warn they may now fail. The Scottish…
Shipyard costs: Public inquiry call in Scotland as costs of a pair of lifeline (CalMac's Arran & Uig, Harris,North Ust) ferries soars to a quarter of a billion pounds. Above Afloat also adds the second newbuild (hull#802) at Ferguson Marine shipyard in Port Glasgow, located downriver of the major city.
Scottish Ministers admit that further problems with lifeline ferries languishing in a Clydeside shipyard will delayed by eight months and will add a further £8.7m to the costs taking the bill to a quarter of a billion pounds. Finance secretary…
Ferus Smit shipyard's customary sideways launch of a newbuild, the latest Arklow Coast. A ship name first for the Irish shipowner which has a further two cargoships to be built at the Dutch shipyard.
Once again the newest C-class series of short-sea traders for Arklow Shipping, launched in a shipyard in The Netherlands, has been given a ship name first for the Co. Wicklow based shipowner, writes Jehan Ashmore. On this occasion, Saturday's launch…
Launching of H&W's fishing vessel newbuild and marine services takes place at the Irish Skipper Expo 2022 held at the University of Limerick's Sport Arena.
Shipyard group, Harland & Wolff has launched their fishing vessel newbuild and marine services at the Irish Skipper Expo 2022 held in Limerick which continues tomorrow, Saturday, 26th March between 10am-4pm. Displaying the capacity and capability of two world-renowned shipyards…
Dutch operator, EcoClipper's first sailing vessel, De Tukker which departed Den Helder to Friesland to the Talsma Shipyard (above) is to be retrofitted for sustainable shipping. De Tukker will be registered as a Sailing General Cargo Vessel with a trading area in the North Sea, Irish Sea and in the Baltic.
The Talsma Shipyard and sustainable shipping company EcoClipper B.V. this week announced in Alkmaar, The Netherlands, in finalising a partnership to complete work on retrofitting sailing vessel De Tukker which is to trade in the North Sea, the Irish Sea…


Afloat will be focusing on news and developments of shipyards with newbuilds taking shape on either slipways and building halls.

The common practice of shipbuilding using modular construction, requires several yards make specific block sections that are towed to a single designated yard and joined together to complete the ship before been launched or floated out.

In addition, outfitting quays is where internal work on electrical and passenger facilities is installed (or upgraded if the ship is already in service). This work may involve newbuilds towed to another specialist yard, before the newbuild is completed as a new ship or of the same class, designed from the shipyard 'in-house' or from a naval architect consultancy. Shipyards also carry out repair and maintenance, overhaul, refit, survey, and conversion, for example, the addition or removal of cabins within a superstructure. All this requires ships to enter graving /dry-docks or floating drydocks, to enable access to the entire vessel out of the water.

Asides from shipbuilding, marine engineering projects such as offshore installations take place and others have diversified in the construction of offshore renewable projects, from wind-turbines and related tower structures. When ships are decommissioned and need to be disposed of, some yards have recycling facilities to segregate materials, though other vessels are run ashore, i.e. 'beached' and broken up there on site. The scrapped metal can be sold and made into other items.

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