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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…
Newbuilds for CalMac, the Glen Sannox one of the dual-fuel ferries at Ferguson Marine on the Clyde. The construction cost to complete the pair at the Scottish state-owned shipyard could be as high as £400m.
Construction costs to complete two (CalMac) ferries at the Scottish state-owned Ferguson Marine shipyard could be as high as £400 million, that's according to a former Scottish Government shipbuilding adviser. As the SundayPost reports, ex-commodore Luke van Beek made the…
'Embarrassment' as a two CalMac ferries (owned by the Scottish govenment) to be built in Turkey. The new ferries are to serve the south-west Scottish island of Islay, located to the west of the Mull of Kintyre. Above in this AFLOAT photo is one of two current ferries operating to Islay, the ageing Hebridean Isles (built 1985) when berthed at Kennacraig on the Mull Peninsula.
A shipyard in Turkey has won a £105 million contract to build two new lifeline CalMac ferries for the south-west Scottish island of Islay. Cemre Marin Endustri has been announced as the preferred bidder for the order against three other…
UK Shipbuilding Strategy is welcomed by Society of Maritime Industries CEO Tom Chant who heads the trade association representing UK maritime engineering sector
The publication of the UK National Shipbuilding Strategy refresh today by the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Merseyside, has been welcomed by the Society of Maritime Industries.  SMI CEO Tom Chant said: "The Society of Maritime Industries has played…
Harland & Wolff's Belfast shipyard site
InsiderMedia reports that Harland & Wolff Group Holdings has secured a "milestone" $70m (£53.3m) green corporate debt facility to help drive forward its growth plans. The listed business, which is focused on strategic infrastructure projects and physical asset lifecycle management,…
The Eduard Toll docking in Belfast Harbour at the weekend, Afloat adds from Zeebrugge in Belgium. H&W said the LNG tanker is the largest vessel to dock in the yard since acquisition in 2019.
Shipyard Harland & Wolff has welcomed its biggest vessel in the Belfast facility's recent history as the Eduard Toll docked at the weekend. The mammoth LNG tanker ship is currently in place at Harland & Wolff’s building dock, although the…
UK shipyards, the A&P Group and Cammel Laird of Birkenhead along with Isle of Wight operator, Red Funnel have announced a new Apprenticeship Partnership Agreement. AFLOAT adds In 2019 the Merseyside shipyard built Red Funnel's freight-only ro-ro vessel, Red Kestrel (above on maiden sailing) departing Southampton for the Isle of Wight. The company also operate a passenger car ferry fleet including a 'Raptor' class (as berthed) at the English south coast port.
In the UK two shipyards, the A&P Group and Cammell Laird along with Isle of Wight ferry operator, Red Funnel have announced a new Apprenticeship Partnership Agreement. The partnership will result in apprentices from all three companies being offered the chance…
Applications for Harland & Wolff Welding Academy are now open and based initially at the shipyard group's Belfast site. The new training programme will lead to a classification society welding certification and full-time employment.
Shipyard Harland & Wolff yesterday opened applications for a new training programme which will lead to a welding certification and a full-time job. The welding academy (prospective employees should send their CV to [email protected]) is held in partnership with Northern Regional…
Operator CLdN has signed an order for a pair of Hybird freight ferries which will be largest short-sea Ro Ro vessels operating in the world. This accolade AFLOAT adds applied with MV Celine, which was christened in a ceremony at Dublin Port in 2018. The then newbuild dubbed the 'Brexit-Buster' is seen afterwards in Dublin Bay during its maiden 'return' sailing to mainland Europe. A sister Dephine also entered service.
Operator, CLdN Ro-Ro S.A. of Luxembourg, has signed a contract for two hybrid 8,000 lane meter ro-ro vessels with South Korean shipyard Hyundai Mipo Dockyards. The order signed on 1 February, forms part of CLdN’s long term growth plans and…
Scottish shipyard ferry Glen Sannox involved (see video) in dramatic scenes during Storm Malik.
One of the newbuild ferries at the centre of Scotland's shipbuilding fiasco was involved in a fresh drama as it had to face the rigours of Storm Malik. The beleaguered would-be lifeline ferry Glen Sannox which has been languishing at…
At the Scottish state-owned shipyard of Ferguson Marine, chairman Alistair Mackenzie who was at the centre of the ferry fiasco has stepped down
At the beleaguered Scottish state-owned shipyard company of Ferguson Marine, the chairman at the centre of the (CalMac) ferry-building fiasco has stepped down. Current chairman Alistair Mackenzie and board member John Hudson are both stepping down from their roles at…


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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