Ship repair activity kicks off healthy Q1 2011

Ship Repair and Conversation Business kicks off 2011 with bulging order book

Wednesday 23 March 2011

Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries’ ship repair and conversion order book saw eight vessel dockings between December 2010 and early March 2011. A total of 26 vessels docked for repairs, during 2010 at the Belfast dock (335m X 50m) which operates in parallel to the better known building dock (556m X 93m).

Newly appointed ship repair manager James Lappin says the order books are filling for the rest of the year and the first tanker of the year is expected to dock in the next two weeks with a comprehensive work scope.

“Ship repair work at Harland and Wolff is now acknowledged around the world as among the best quality as well as best value for money,” says Mr Lappin. “We are extending our reach to include
cruise ship projects and increase the number of tanker and bulk carriers on order.”

The 65,200 tonne tanker Stena Provence which is managed by Northern Marine management in Glasgow will dock in the second half of March. It is significant for Harland and Wolff as this is repeat business from a satisfied customer

“The Provence was here two years ago for her first periodic survey,” says Mr Lappin. “The work scope then included steel modifications, hull maintenance, blasting and painting, propeller polishing, modifications to the piping systems, main engine planned maintenance, installation of winch remote control boxes and V Sat installation – all completed within 15 days.”

The five year old vessel can reach 15.5 knots laden and has a range of 14,000 nautical miles. It is one of a series of five Panama-Max vessels commercially operated by Stena Bulk AB. The Provence class is 30% broader than standard tankers operating on the same draft.

“This broader beam makes it more appealing to charterers in view of the fact that for the same draft restriction 30% more cargo can be carried. Twin engine rooms also increase safety,” says Mr Lappin.

For more information or enquires please contact

James Lappin
Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries Limited
Queen’s Island
+44(0)7876 218978
+44(0)2890 534261