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At the Scottish state-owned shipyard of Ferguson Marine, chairman Alistair Mackenzie who was at the centre of the ferry fiasco has stepped down
At the beleaguered Scottish state-owned shipyard company of Ferguson Marine, the chairman at the centre of the (CalMac) ferry-building fiasco has stepped down. Current chairman Alistair Mackenzie and board member John Hudson are both stepping down from their roles at…
H&W Group have announced their 2022 investors' events programme. Above at Belfast, one of the group's four shipyard sites, a team welcomed its first vessel this year when in January, Afloat adds ICG's/ Irish Ferries cruiseferry Ulysses was dry-docked during annual routine work which takes place in the quieter winter season.
Harland & Wolff Group is aiming to update investors and financial professionals on their progress and outlook for the future, with the announcement of sharing their 2022 investor events programme which will be held across all the group's four shipyard…
Completion in Scotland of the first of two long-delayed CalMac ferries by the revised date of September will be “challenging”, with Covid cases likely to cause “significant” disruption this month. The first newbuild, Glen Sannox on the Clyde last month at the Ferguson Marine shipyard in Port Glasgow.
The completion of the first of two long-delayed CalMac ferries by the shipyard's revised date of September will be “challenging”, with Covid cases likely to cause “significant” disruption this month, a Ferguson Marine chief has told MSPs. The Port Glasgow…
Shipyard of H&W with the famous iconic Samson and Goliath cranes that are landmarks in Belfast Harbour and the city.
The famous Harland and Wolff shipyard cranes of Samson and Goliath in Belfast were insured for £9 million in 1976 — the equivalent of £60 million today. A company memo in February that year revealed the insurance policy, at an…
The turnaround boss of Ferguson Marine,Clydeside, leaves before delayed Calmac pair of ferries are completed.
The boss brought in to turn around the fortunes of the nationalised Scottish shipyard building the delayed CalMac ferries is leaving his post. Tim Hair has earned almost £1.3m for 454 days’ work since being appointed to lead Ferguson Marine by…
Arklow Cloud during an earlier phase of modular block construction as can be seen the upper superstructure /deckhouse's positioning at Ferus Smit's shipyard in the Netherlands, from where today the newbuild presented a spectular amidships launch into the ‘Winschoterdiep’ canal. See link below for video.
Despite dull skies, a spectacular launch took place at a Dutch shipyard this morning of Arklow Shipping's latest newbuild which increases the fleet total to 58 cargoships, writes Jehan Ashmore The single-hold newbuild Arklow Cloud, a name used for the…
New ship-recycling facility on Clydeside to take shape in Inverclyde, at the Inchgreen Dry-Dock, one of Europe’s largest such facilities. This is where the former Cunard Lines 'QE2' cruise liner was fitted out at the dock in the late 1960s after its launch from the Clydeside based John Brown shipyard.
On Clydeside, Scotland is where a long-term deal at the Inchgreen Dry Dock at Inverclyde, has been signed that will create around 100 jobs as an export hub for responsible decommissioning of global shipping fleets. North-East England based ATLAS Decommissioning,…
British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson Visiting Harland & Wolff (Appledore). L-R: John Wood (Harland & Wolff Group CEO), Boris Johnson (Prime Minister), Clifford Edwards (Maintenance Manager)
Harland & Wolff, the iconic shipyard with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree, is delighted to announce it has signed a framework agreement with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) for the haul-out, repairs, maintenance, refurbishment and…
Green Maritime Survey: The Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) Chief Executive Tom Chant has said in their UK survey that showed businesses are taking action ‘right here and now’ and there is ‘enormous desire and passion’ in the industry to support net zero ambitions.
A UK trade body, representing Britain’s shipbuilding, maritime engineering and science sectors, is reporting a big increase in the number of companies embracing the decarbonisation agenda. The Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) is issuing the findings of its ‘Green Maritime…
Afloat adds a recent client to H&W shipyard was Dorset Spirt at the facilities Belfast Building Dock but following inspection has since departed at the weekend. The Canadian flagged crude oil tanker of 148,150dwt built in 2018 departed Belfast Lough and Afloat has tracked this morning offshore north-west of Co. Donegal and bound for Conception Bay, Chile. The tanker has a draught reported to be 9.4m, a length overall (LOA) of 279.04m and a width of 49.04m.
Harland & Wolff have reported widened losses after it took on new manufacturing sites and more than trebled its workforce, but the shipbuilder and energy manufacturer believes that it must make such investment now to reap the rewards in future.…
With COP26 just around the corner, the above first renderings of the Hyseas III Emission-Free HydrogenFuelCell powered seagoing ferry - a 1st of its kind for Europe. The renderings of the project ferry designed for service in Orkney, Scotland, were completed by AqualisBraemar LOC Group, a global energy and marine consultancy with headquarters located in London.
First renderings of the Scottish-led Hyseas III project which aims to build Europe’s first sea-going ferry powered by hydrogen fuel cells, have been completed by AqualisBraemar LOC Group. The double-ended ferry will have capacity for 120 passengers and either 16…
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…


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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