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The UK Ship repair and ship building specialist A&P Group (Tyne, Tees & Falmouth) has appointed Eddie Purves as its new group managing director. Above the cruiseship (Adonia previously with P&O Cruises) in dry-dock at the group's facility in Falmouth, Cornwall.
The UK ship repair and ship building specialist the A&P Group has announced the appointment of its new group managing director. Eddie Purves takes the lead of A&P’s three facilities located on the Tyne, Tees and Falmouth, following more than…
The Islandmagee project is a proposed salt cavern gas storage facility located on Islandmagee in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
A gas storage project, located off the coast of Northern Ireland, has been awarded a Marine Construction Licence, giving it the green light to proceed towards construction. Islandmagee Energy’s gas storage project will initially unlock seven much-needed gas storage caverns.…
In Scotland, work has begun on constructing the UK Royal Navy new Type 31 warships. It will support about 1,250 highly skilled jobs at Babcock and lead to an additional 150 apprenticeships.
Officially work has started on a £1.25bn project to build five new warships for the UK's Royal Navy. UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace cut the first steel for the first Type 31 frigate - HMS Venturer - due to be…
Team Resolute, a UK consortium consisting of Harland & Wolff, Navantia and BMT Global is pleased to announce it has been awarded a Competitive Procurement Phase (CPP) design contract by the UK Ministry of Defence.
Harland & Wolff, a wholly owned subsidiary of InfraStrata plc, and soon to be known as Harland & Wolff Group Holdings plc, as Afloat previously reported has announced several key successes across its yards in Belfast and Appledore. In addition to…
RV Tom Crean hull is completed
Ireland’s new state-of-the-art multipurpose marine research vessel, the RV Tom Crean, has recently reached a key milestone with the completion of the vessel’s hull. The RV Tom Crean consists of 32 individual hull units expertly assembled to form the hull…
The parent company of Harland & Wolff, Infrastrata plc has applied in the UK to the Companies House to trade under the new name Harland & Wolff Group Holdings plc. The group includes the famous shipyard in Belfast as well as four facilities across the UK.
The UK quoted company, InfraStrata plc which focuses on strategic infrastructure projects and physical asset lifecycle management, is pleased to announce it has applied to Companies House to trade under the name Harland & Wolff Group Holdings plc. The parent…
The bow of the new Irish cargoship, Arklow Clipper and prior to its launch this morning in the Netherlands.
A new Irish multipurpose cargoship, Arklow Clipper was launched this morning in a Dutch shipyard for Arklow Shipping, bringing to six in the latest of the 'C' class series, writes Jehan Ashmore. It was in 2017 when Arklow Cliff became…
New apprentices at the iconic shipyard of H&W in Belfast. Additional apprentices were also welcomed at H&W's other marine engineering sites located on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland and England.
Shipyard Harland & Wolff, with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree, has taken on 34 new apprentices across all of its four sites as part of its first ‘Apprentice Induction Event.’ H&W a wholly-owned subsidiary of InfraStrata…
H&W has taken on 13 apprentices at its iconic Belfast shipyard site.
Harland & Wolff, the iconic Belfast shipyard with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering, has welcomed 13 new apprentices to its flagship site as part of its very first ‘Apprentice Induction Day’. According to H&W the scheme will…
Belfast shipyard, Harland & Wolff is set to bid for maintenance work on two huge UK Royal Navy aircraft carriers.
Parent company of Harland & Wolff has said it is ready to bid for an estimated £30m 10-year deal to dry-dock, repair and maintain two giant UK Royal Navy 'Queen Elizabeth' class aircraft carriers. InfraStrata shut down large parts of…
Construction has commenced on Manxman, the new flagship ferry for the Isle of Man Steam Packet. Key stakeholders were in attendance at the steel-cutting ceremony in Ulsan, South Korea where a formal pushing of the button took place to mark the first piece of steel to be cut.
Construction of Manxman has begun at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea with the vessel to become the new flagship ferry for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.  The first steel cut for the 133m-long Manxman took place yesterday at…
Sir Jonathon Band is a former First Sea Lord & Chief of Naval Staff of the Royal Navy
Parent company of Harland & Wolff, InfraStrata plc, is delighted to announce that former First Sea Lord & Chief of Naval Staff of the Royal Navy, Sir Jonathon Band, will be joining its Board of Directors. Sir Jonathon is expected…
Harland & Wolff have taken the appointment of Tom Hart as General Manager at their Appledore Shipyard facility in south-west England. Tom joins following a series of upgrade works at the north Devon site near Bideford, that has become fully operational. Afloat adds the site features the main building yard including 119m covered dry-dock (above) as well as the adjacent repair, commissioning and outfitting quay.
Belfast's iconic Harland & Wolff shipyard, has announced the appointment of a new General Manager, Tom Hart to its Appledore shipyard in England, which was acquired a year ago. Bringing over 30 years of experience in project, operations and construction…
BOXBOATS AHEAD: A year ago, capacity on newbuild orders was under 10% of the existing fleet. That has now doubled and new orders coming through from carriers and owners are pushing towards a ‘psychological barrier’, after which overcapacity becomes a risk again. Above: Varying sized containerships at the Port of Felixstowe, the Britain's biggest boxboat port.
Shipyard orderbook for containerships could rise as high as 24% of the existing fleet if a spate of unconfirmed orders go to completion, threatening an ‘overheated’ market and eventual oversupply. “Ocean carriers, non-operating owners, investment banks and lessors have gone…
A file photo at the launch of MV Glen Sannox, the first of pair of duel-fuel powered ferries for Scotland's Western Isles operator CalMac is seen at the the now nationalised shipyard of Ferguson Marine on the Clyde
Scottish Ministers have been asked to "come clean" as fears grow over the collapse of the nationalised shipyard firm at the centre of the ferry-building fiasco, reports The Herald. It comes after The Herald On Sunday, revealed the Scottish Government-controlled…
In Scotland, the Prince of Wales visited BAE Systems’ shipyard in Govan, Glasgow to mark the official start of construction on the Royal Navy’s 21st century warship HMS Belfast, and to see how construction is progressing on as Afloat adds the leadship of the 'City' class Type 26 frigate, HMS Glasgow. All eight of the class, however will be built on the River Clyde shipyard where also currently under construction is HMS Cardiff. AFLOAT adds the 'Cardiff' class name coincidentally was also used by a previous shipyard owner, Govan Shipbuilders Ltd which completed their fourth and final 'Cardiff' class bulk carrier for Irish Shipping. The final of the 25,000dwt bulk-carrier quartet was launched as Irish Larch in 1973. However, just over a decade later, the Irish state-owned company had gone into liquidation.
At a shipyard in Scotland, Prince William cut the steel on HMS Belfast, a ship which will form part of a modern fleet serving the UK's Royal Navy for decades to come, reports BBC News. Pushing down on a button…


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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