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Newbuild Manxman was floated out of drydock at around 08.30am (Korean time) on 14th June and taken by tugs to an outfitting berth where internal works will continue including electrical works, commissioning of machinery and equipment and interior outfitting.  This main Isle of Man ferry is due for delivery in 2023.
The new Isle of Man Steam Packet Company's ferry has reached the completion phase of dry-building at an Asian shipyard with the company celebrating this key event of the Manxman's construction process.   Despite the extreme challenges posed by the global COVID-19…
Ship Splash as C class coaster Arklow Cove took to the water with a launch at the weekend. The newbuild will join fleetmates that trade in cargoes among them grain.
At the weekend Arklow Cove was launched from a Dutch shipyard that now brings to the ninth newbuild of 10 'C' class coasters on order by the Co. Wickow shipowner, writes Jehan Ashmore. The sideways launch of Arklow Cove at…
Plans for Bristol's Albion Dockyard, where a new world-class maritime education attraction and working shipyard is to based next to the SS Great Britain.  The centrepiece will recreate PS Great Western, built in Bristol by Brunel – the world’s first transatlantic ocean liner.
The Bristol based SS Great Britain which is run by a trust has announced a £20m plan to build another replica of a Brunel vessel. As BBC News reports the project will see regeneration of Bristol's historic Albion Dockyard, complete…
Harland & Wolff have acquired the former Royal Navy 'Hunt' class mine hunter, HMS Atherstone which H&W believe will significantly de-risk the M55 regeneration programme
Harland & Wolff shipyard has acquired the former UK Royal Navy HMS Atherstone from the Ministry of Defence (MOD). HMS Atherstone was launched in 1986 as the Hunt-class Mine Counter-Measures Vessel (MCMV), that is no longer in service. The acquisition…
Harland & Wolff awarded an initial contract worth approximately £8.5m with Cory for 11 barges to transport London’s recyclable and non-recyclable waste on the River Thames. Afloat adds that Cory receives around 750,000 tonnes of non-recyclable black bag waste a year, enough to fill St Paul’s Cathedral 12 times! which goes to Cory's four riverside waste transfer stations.
Shipyard group Harland & Wolff has been awarded an initial contract worth approximately £8.5m with Cory for the fabrication of eleven barges to transport London’s recyclable and non-recyclable waste on the River Thames. Fabrication will take place at Harland &…
The new owner of Belfast’s Harland & Wolff shipyard has said its business is improving after announcing a pre-tax loss of £25.5m for its latest reporting period. Above AFLOAT adds in recent weeks was the double dry-docking of Northern Lighthouse Board's NLV Pharos seen sharing the Belfast Dry-Dock with Stena Horizon, a ropax that serves Stena's Rosslare-Cherbourg route.
The shipyard owner of Belfast's Harland & Wolff has said its business is improving after announcing a pre-tax loss of £25.5 million for its latest reporting period. Infrastrata PLC, which bought the company out of administration in late 2019, officially…
Bosses at a Scottish shipyard fear the £250m pair of ferries won't see (CalMac) service amidst spiralling series of serious faults.
A catalogue of spiralling faults with two vessels is at the centre of Scotland’s ferry fiasco under the stewardship of minister-controlled Ferguson Marine has prompted serious shipyard concerns over whether they will ever see service. A damning March internal analysis…
Harland & Wolff are delighted to appoint The Seafarers's Charity as their 2021/22 partner.
The iconic Belfast shipyard and multisite fabrication company of Harland & Wolff with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree has appointed The Seafarers’ Charity as its 2021/22 partner. This partnership will see Harland & Wolff join forces with one…
The Clyde shipyard of Ferguson Marine, were the issue of the shipyard was raised by Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross at FMQs.
The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has said she will “not apologise” for decisions taken with the aim of saving the shipyard Ferguson Marine. The Clyde yard was nationalised in 2019, but island communities are still awaiting the delivery…
Cunard's Queen Victoria arriving to Harland & Wolff shipyard is the only ever Cunard ship to dry-dock in Belfast.
The 294m Queen Victoria cruise ship is in Belfast Harbour for dry-docking and is another luxurious vessel turning heads this week. Putting the sheer scale into context, Queen Victoria as Belfast Telegraph writes, is around 25m longer than the Titanic or…
At the Clydeside shipyard of Ferguson Marine is where the 100-tonne block lift of the bow to be connected onto Hull 802. The ferry Afloat adds is one of two for operator CalMac.
Clydeside shipyard Ferguson Marine announced on Monday, the completion of a major milestone in the build of one of the dual fuel ferries currently under construction. Hull 802, as the vessel is currently known, was fitted with its large bow…
On the Clyde the historic Govan Docks downriver of Glasgow City, are to be restored so they can repair ships once more.The docks have been derelict for 35 years.
On the River Clyde a £500,000 scheme was announced to re-open the A-listed derelict Govan Graving Dock, just west of the Glasgow Science Centre at Pacific Quay on the river's south side. According to The Scotsman, the company behind the…
Shipyard group H&W opens an apprenticeship scheme for a significant intake of recruits across their five operations among them Belfast where above one of three cruiseships of Viking Cruises AFLOAT reported in 2020 as the shipyard refitted the trio of ships. A fleetmate Viking Venus this month visited Belfast Harbour in addition an anchorage call off Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
Shipyard group, Harland & Wolff plc is pleased to announce an apprenticeship scheme that is now open for applications. Running across all five Harland & Wolff operations (Appledore, Arnish, Belfast, Methil and its London headquarters) the group will be looking…
When dry-docking at A&P Falmouth is completed, the MV Balmoral according to operator Fred Olsen, is set to return to cruising in early May, with the ship sailing north to Newcastle, where teams will continue preparations. AFLOAT adds a fleetmate, Borealis made a maiden call to Cobh, Cork Harbour last week as the first caller in more than two years to visit.
A dry-dock at A&P Falmouth has welcomed a 218-meter /1,325 capacity cruise ship which is operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. Fred. Olsen cruise ships are regular visitors to Falmouth International Cruise Terminal, which is also operated by A&P. However,…
Float-out of Manxman at a shipyard in South Korea.
The new Isle of Man Steam Packet Company's vessel has successfully floated for the first time. The Manxman is currently under construction in a South Korean shipyard, and is set to replace the Ben-my-Chree when it enters service (in Spring,…
The Merseyside shipyard of Cammell Laird is where the facility's commercial division included Irish Lights aids to navigation tender ILV Granuaile which received a general dry-docking.
Merseyside shipyard Cammell Laird continues to enjoy a busy 2022 with a range of commercial vessels visiting its facilities for extensive programmes of works. In the same month that Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace visited the…


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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