The famed Belfast dockyard of Harland & Wolff has received a drydocking contract for 2 cruise ships belonging to 2 Carnival Company manufacturers, which can name for repairs for 33 days in whole.
The drydock work on P&O’s Aurora and Cunard’s Queen Victoria is a part of the brand new turnaround technique for Harland & Wolff, which was purchased out of chapter by the infrastructure funding agency InfraStrata in 2019.
Queen Victoria can be within the yard starting in Might. Based on Harland & Wolff, she would be the largest cruise ship ever to have drydocked in a UK shipyard and the one Cunard ship to have ever drydocked in Belfast.
“We’re delighted to have the ability to have these two ships at a UK shipyard with such a protracted heritage and fame and we very a lot stay up for supporting the UK maritime trade and dealing intently with the Harland & Wolff crew on this challenge,” stated Carnival UK VP David Varty in an announcement.
Harland & Wolff’s technique for revival is centered on diversification. The corporate is concentrating on 5 totally different markets and 6 service sectors to usher in extra work for its facility and its workforce. Restore, upkeep and through-life companies are key enterprise traces that maintain the yard’s capabilities, protecting it energetic between newbuild initiatives. Beneath the UK’s Nationwide Shipbuilding Technique, there can be about 150 home newbuild vessels to compete for the approaching years, and Harland & Wolff needs to be prepared. The yard additionally plans to bid for the fabrication work for brand new offshore wind farm initiatives, that are anticipated in abundance off England and Scotland.
“When buying the property of Harland and Wolff (Belfast) in December 2019 and in a pre-pandemic interval, the cruise trade was certainly one of our key goal markets,” stated Harland & Wolff group CEO John Wooden. “Now we have now secured contracts in 4 out of our 5 markets; business, cruise & ferry, renewables and vitality – we now stay up for finishing the ultimate milestone of securing a defence contract within the close to future.”