Stenaline: five vessel dockings at H&W

Thursday 18 February 2010

Harland and Wolff’s dry docks continue to be busy during 2010 with a series of five maintenance and repair contracts from leading Irish Sea ferry operator StenaLine.
The ferry fleet includes conventional vessel Stena Europe, the 149 metre long ship which can carry up to 480 cars and 1386 passengers. The Europe which services the Rosslare to Fishgard route underwent various work activities including hull blasting and paintwork, mechanical repairs, the installation of a new winch, new accommodation doors, modifications to the drencher system and various other piping systems. The vessel has already returned to service.
Stena Leader, Pioneer, Lynx 3 and Caledonia are also scheduled to dry dock at Harland and Wolff’s 335m long Belfast dry dock between now and the middle of March, in time for the new travel season.
David McVeigh of Harland and Wolff says repeat business from StenaLine is a boost to the company.
“We never take for granted the fact that operators such as StenaLine have the option of a number of ship yards to whom they can turn for their annual dockings,” says Mr McVeigh.
“The work we have undertaken on behalf of StenaLine was completed on time, too budget and to a high level of competency. We are already working on a number of other ship repair related projects with other ship owners and operators. Harland and Wolff continues to diversify while maintaining these strong links with the shipping sector, “We have already been awarded another renewable energy project which is due to commence later this year,” he says.
Ian Thompson is StenaLine’s Technical and Operations Manager, “StenaLine not only support the local community by offering the best service across the Irish Sea, but we also take pride in the partnerships we are building with local industry and suppliers. StenaLine demand very high standards and Harland and Wolff continue to achieve this’. Ends
Media contacts:
David McVeigh, Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries Ltd, tel: 0044 2890 458456 or
Joris Minne, JPR, tel: 028 9076 0066 or Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries Ltd
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• Design, construction and integration of large modules (accommodation, power generation, process etc), jackets and other associated structures.


The key to H&W’s success is a strong track record and reputation with rig and vessel owners for quality, reliability and timely execution of complex projects.
Situated on the east coast of Northern Ireland, the company offer an exceptional location for offshore units and vessels operating in the Irish, UK and North-Sea waters and Trans-Atlantic routes.
With the largest docks in Western Europe (the biggest being the 556m x 93m ‘Main Dock’ served by twin 840 tonne Gantry Cranes) and 2x60te dockside cranes, there is very little they cannot accommodate; semi-submersibles, jack-ups, deep-sea barges and support vessels e.g. shuttle Tankers, are all catered for.
Harland and Wolff has large capacity for scaffolding and paint application in conjunction with on-site industrial partner Pyeroy. Recent projects have included an Aker H3 semi-submersible, the world’s largest passenger ferry Ulysses and two high speed catamarans concurrently.
With over 30,000m2 of covered fabrication halls, the large capacity and flexible arrangement allow for rapid execution of bespoke modules and units for installation at H&W’s dock/quayside or delivery to the parent unit elsewhere for integration. Recent modules have included accommodation blocks and power generation modules, fully designed, outfitted and commissioned.
Harland and Wolff has a large design department that caters for everything from concept design, through 3D product modelling to manufacturing information. Visit