Renowned Belfast shipyard Harland & Wolff has won a dry-docking contract for two cruise ships from two brands of Carnival Corporation, which will require repairs for a total of 33 days.
Work in dry dock on the P&O Dawn and Cunard queen victoria is part of the new turnaround strategy of Harland & Wolff, which was bought out of bankruptcy by infrastructure investment firm InfraStrata in 2019.
queen victoria will be in the yard from May. According to Harland & Wolff, it will be the largest cruise ship to ever be dry-docked in a UK shipyard and the only Cunard ship to ever be dry-docked in Belfast.
“We are delighted to be able to have these two vessels in a UK shipyard with such a long heritage and reputation and we very much look forward to supporting the UK maritime industry and working closely with the Harland & Wolff team on this project,” Carnival UK vice-chairman David Varty said in a statement.
Harland & Wolff’s recovery strategy is centered on diversification. The company is targeting five different markets and six service sectors to bring more work to its plant and workforce. Lifelong repair, maintenance and services are key business areas that support the shipyard’s capabilities, keeping it active between new build projects. As part of the UK’s national shipbuilding strategy, there will be around 150 new national ships competing for the coming years, and Harland & Wolff wants to be ready. The yard also plans to tender for fabrication work for new offshore wind farm projects, expected in abundance off England and Scotland.
“When acquiring the assets of Harland and Wolff (Belfast) in December 2019 and in a pre-pandemic period, the cruise industry was one of our main target markets,” said Harland & Wolff Group CEO. Wolff, John Wood. “We have now obtained contracts. in four of our five markets; commercial, cruise and ferry, renewables and power – we now look forward to taking the final step towards securing a defense contract in the near future.”