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H&W's Methil site, in Scotland is to host a Careers Open Day
Following the recent acquisition of two Scottish based sites, Infratrata, owners of Belfast shipyard Harland & Wolff, is to open to prospective employees a careers open day. The careers open day is to take place at H&W's (Methil) Forth of Fifth site…
The Prince of Wales finished the visit by unveiling a celebratory plaque marking the 160th anniversary of Harland & Wolff.
Harland & Wolff, the iconic shipyard on Belfast Lough with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree, welcomed The Prince of Wales on 18 May 2021 to mark its 160th anniversary. Arriving at Harland & Wolff (Belfast), His Royal…
Bosses said they would now "embark on a programme of transformation" at the Birkenhead based Cammell Laird shipyard with building halls (above) at the Merseyside marine engineering facility.
UK shipbuilder and repairer, Cammell Laird has confirmed more than 140 job losses at the Birkenhead shipyard following a consultation with workers. In a statement, as Liverpool Echo writes, the Merseyside company said 146 people had taken voluntary redundancy and…
A repair contract for ferries has been secured at Harland & Wolff, Belfast
A global ferry company which requires repairs for two of its ferries has been secured by Infrastrata, owners of shipyard Harland & Wolff in Belfast Harbour. The two-vessel deal, reports InsiderMedia, is valued at approximately £1.6m and the completion of…
Isle of Man ferry, Ben-my-Chree is expected to remain in dry dock for a further six days following issues discovered during routine annual maintenance (Afloat adds) at Cammell Laird.  A shipyard and repairer facility as above is based in Birkenhead on Merseyside.
The main Isle of Man ferry, the ro-pax Ben-my-Chree is expected to be in shipyard dry dock for a further six days following issues discovered during a routine annual maintenance. Operator, Isle of Man Steam Packet says worn bearings on…
Belfast Harbour where the Harland & Wolff shipyard ‘would be very capable of building a prestigious ship of this scale’. Above the Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2 (QM2) berthed at its homeport of Southampton, has called to several Irish ports. AFLOAT adds the giant luxury cruiseship/liner was in 2003 built by the French shipyard, Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Nantes.
The naval architect who designed Cunard’s flagship cruiseship / ocean liner Queen Mary 2, has backed Belfast’s Harland & Wolff shipyard to build a new UK flagship vessel aimed at promoting Britain around the world. Stephen Payne, a past President…
An end of April launch for Arklow Artist - the final of the 'A' series of newbuild cargoships
The last day of April saw Arklow Artist, as the final 'A' series of six newbuilds to be launched at Ferus Smit's Dutch inland shipyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. This newest cargoship constructed in Westerbroek, is the first to carry the…
H&W has announced a 2021 Apprenticeship Scheme which is now open for applications.
Shipyard Harland & Wolff has launched an apprenticeship scheme that is available across all of their four sites either side of the North Channel and the Irish Sea. The scheme is applicable to H&W Appledore, Arnish, Belfast and Methil, with…
File photo of Finlaggen, of Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) at Cammell Laird, which earlier this year secured a four-year contract with the Scottish state run operator, one of the UK’s largest ferry operators, for the annual maintenance and dry docking of the five largest vessels in its fleet. AFLOAT also adds Finlaggen operates in south-west Scotland to Islay, the southermost of the Inner Hebrides and the closest to the northern coasts of Ireland.
According to Merseyside shipyard Cammell Laird, demand for longer term repair and maintenance framework relationships from ferry operators is increasing as the sector prepares to recover from Covid. Despite a reduction in ferry projects at the UK facility in Birkenhead,…
Among the clients of A&P Falmouth involved a regular Ireland-mainland Europe containership, Samskip Express which following a grounding on the Irish coast (last year), led to extensive repairs carried out at the UK shipyard repair facility in Cornwall. AFLOAT also adds the 803TEU capacity containership was recently in Dublin Port (as above in this file photo) and is currently berthed in the Port of Rotterdam.
The largest shipyard-repair complex in the UK, A&P Falmouth, announced that they had a 100% occupancy of all three dry docks over the last six months - with some docks occupied simultaneously by multiple vessels. A&P Falmouth carried out repairs…
The eight WTG jacket foundations will principally be conducted at Harland and Wolff’s newly acquired Methil facilities in Scotland
Harland & Wolff, the iconic shipyard with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree has announced it has been awarded a contract by Saipem Limited for the fabrication and load-out of eight wind turbine generator (WTG) jacket foundations.…
Harland & Wolff with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree, has appointed Graham Couser to its growing US base.
Iconic shipyard, Harland & Wolff with with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree, is delighted to welcome Graham Couser to its growing US base. Based in Miami, Florida, Graham’s new role as Head of Business Development for…
Harland & Wolff Shipyard was founded on April 11 1861
Harland & Wolff, the national strategic asset, with four leading shipyards and fabrication facilities based in Belfast, Appledore, and Scotland is proud to be celebrating its 160th anniversary. Founded on April 11 1861 by Sir Edward James Harland and Gustav…
InfraStrata owners of Harland & Wolff  experience ‘building growth momentum’ and in its ferry and cruise market has broken even after larger contract wins were established. AFLOAT adds InfraStrata recently acquired Scottish Methil facility which is split across two locations with sites on the Isle of Lewis (in the north-west) and as above Methil, on the Fife east coast.
Shipyard owners of Harland & Wolff, InfraStrata has reported "steady progress" in the first months of its financial year. In a Q1 trading update, the business said it has booked about £6.5m in the eight months to 31 March 2021,…
The 'Red Rebel': Resplendent in this Spring sunshine scene of Mainport Geo, a 50m former offshore supply ship, at Cork Dockyard following conversion into a survey/scientific vessel specifically to suit requirements of the offshore renewables sector. The facility in Rushbrooke, near Cobh was a former shipyard, but shiprepair and maintenance also remain, albeit at the nation's sole surviving graving dry-dock used for ships.
Cork Dockyard's completion to convert a Mainport Group offshore supply vessel acquired in Africa, as Afloat reported in January, is expected to see the ship depart drydock shortly, prior to a new role in the offshore renewables sector, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
Shipyard Ferguson Marine has closed for this week due to concerns of increased Covid-19 infection rates. Above Afloat adds the newbuild Glen Sannox, first of the duel-fuel ferries for operator CalMac, which last year was moved from the shipyard to Dales dry dock also located on the Clyde.
The Scottish shipyard that was contracted to build a pair of duel-fuel ferries, Ferguson Marine is being closed down for a week with immediate effect. Bosses say they have temporarily closed their Port Glasgow yard and Greenock warehouse with immediate effect.…


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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