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Shipyard group, H&W formally signed a subcontract with Spain's Navantia as part of a £1.6bn deal to deliver three Fleet Solid Support (FSS) naval vessels to the UK's MoD. It's expected to generate £700m-£800m in revenue for H&W over its duration with significant investment at the famous Belfast shipyard.
Shipyard group Harland & Wolff has formally signed a sub-contract with Navantia, the Spanish state-owned shipbuilder which is to deliver three Fleet Solid Support (FSS) naval ships to the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD). Harland & Wolff said the FSS…
Gearbox failure on newbuild Manxman has delayed delivery of the vessel which is seen during an earlier stage of construciton at a shipyard in South Korea.
The managing director of the Isle of Man Steam Packet has discussed a problem found during sea trials of the Manx operator's new ferry built in a shipyard in Asia.  The Island will have to wait longer to see the newbuild…
Swedish lake-based shipping group, Erik Thun AB whose tanker division frequently trades in Irish waters, has returned to a Dutch shipyard with an order for eight newbuilds comprising of four coastal tankers and also four dry-cargoships.
A Swedish shipping group which operates to Irish ports, has returned to a shipyard in The Netherlands to build more tankers and also dry-cargoships, writes Jehan Ashmore Erik Thun AB which has a fleet of almost 50 vessels using four…
UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace visits Harland & Wolff which as part of Team Resolute will create around 900 jobs at the yard which will assemble the Fleet Solid Support Ships.
Approximately 900 shipyard jobs at Harland & Wolff are to be created in what has been described as an "historic moment for shipbuilding in Belfast". The shipyard located in Queen's Island was awarded the contract from the UK MoD as…
The Belfast shipyard is the largest of four that the H&W Group operate
The Harland and Wolff Group which among its shipyards includes the famous Belfast yard, recently announced that it has slashed expected revenues for 2022. The shipyard group which has four yards on both sides of the Irish Sea, said supply…
Above CGI image of the new Islay ferries (linking the Mull of Kintyre) currently under construction in a shipyard in Turkey. The same yard is also to build another pair for the Skye triangle routes connecting North Usit and Harris. As for the MV Glen Sannox ( Arran on the Clyde route) along with unnamed sister (Hull#802) continues to be significantly delayed and over budget while at the Ferguson Marine shipyard in Port Glasgow.
Two ferries to be built for west coast of Scotland routes linking Skye with North Uist and Harris will be officially awarded to a shipyard in Turkey it has been announced. The firm which owns much of Scotland’s ferry infrastructure,…
Irish Mainport's newbuild harbour tug Celtic Treaty (seen in earlier stage of construction) was launched this month at the shipyard along Turkey's Black Sea. The tug is from a Robert Allan designed RAstar 2800 series of the Canadian based naval architects. AFLOAT adds the Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) tug is to arrive on the Shannon estuary in May, 2023.
Irish Mainport Holdings has seen the launch in a shipyard in Turkey of its new 50-ton bollard pull (tbp) harbour tugboat built to serve on the Shannon Estuary.   Cork based Mainport which has towage support services at Shannon-Foynes ports, has…
Newbuild Manxman made first sea tests to test important systems that took place at the weekend in South Korea. Above the design features, is the service speed where a hybrid diesel-electric system is backed up by storage batteries. It is expected Manxman will operate as the same speed of current ferry, Ben-My-Chree, but carrying more freight and passengers while using less fuel.
The new flagship of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company the Manxman, has undergone its first sea trials in South Korea. The newbuild set sail from the port of Ulsan from where the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard built the ferry. Among the tests…
The first in a new design series of 6,800dwt cargoships for Arklow Shipping was launched today amidst this ice and snow scene of the canal and shipbuilding halls of the Royal Bodewes yard in north-east Netherlands.
The first in a new design series for Arklow Shipping in the form of a 6,800 deadweight tonnage (dwt) cargoship was launched at a shipyard in the Netherlands during wintry conditions, writes Jehan Ashmore. The launch of shipyard newbuilding (NB#821)…
The UK Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak's first visit to N. Ireland takes place this evening and the call also marks the return to Belfast of naval ship building in a £1.6bn deal at Harland & Wolff. AFLOAT adds the last ship built at the famous shipyard, Anvil Point was launched in 2003.
The UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will visit Belfast this Thursday evening to mark the return of naval ship building in Northern Ireland, Downing Street has announced. Last month it was confirmed that Harland & Wolff Group as part of…
HMS Glasgow, leadship of the new Type 26 / 'City' class global combat frigates for the UK's Royal Navy, is one of a trio of first batch newbuilds out of eight in total to be built by BAE Systems two Glasgow shipyards. AFLOAT adds, last week the 6,000 tonne-newbuild was transferred onto a semi-submersible barge Malin Augustea at the shipyard in Goven from where it was towed downriver to deeper waters on the Clyde at the second shipyard at Scotstoun from where fitting out work is to take place.
Shipyards in Scotland are to construct five warships for the UK's Royal Navy following the British prime minister's confirmation of the next phase in a shipbuilding programme. As BBC News reports, Rishi Sunak has accounced that BAE Systems two Clydeside…
Shipbuilding Back to Belfast: The Harland & Wolff Group is set to help build three crucial support ships with the final assembly to take place at its main Belfast shipyard. The £1.6 billion contract from the UK's Ministry of Defence will see the newbuilds enter the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) to service the requirements of the Royal Navy.
Shipbuilder the Harland & Wolff Group is set to help construct three crucial support ships in a £1.6 billion contract from the UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD) with the vessels to serve the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA). As the Belfast…
Merseyside based shipyard Cammell Laird said it was the main contractor for the new Mersey ferry. Above Afloat adds the existing ferry Royal Iris of the Mersey which serves commuters between the Wirral and Liverpool.
The union Unite has said that the shipyard to build the new Mersey ferry is in the Netherlands and this is a "complete betrayal" of workers on Merseyside. Liverpool City Region (LCR) announced yesterday of the new ferry and said…
A new 'Ferry across the Mersey' has been announced with the State-of-the-art ferry the first in more than 60 years to ply between Liverpool, Seacombe and Woodside, both on the Wirral. The vessel is expected to be built locally at the Cammell Laird shipyard, Birkenhead. Above the current veteran ferry, Royal Iris of the Mersey which AFLOAT captured on the river, was originally the Mountwood which was chartered out as a tender based in Dun Laoghaire Harbour during the 1996 anchorage visit of the US Navy aircraft-carrier USS John F. Kennedy.
A project to build a new Mersey ferry in more than 60 years has been announced by the Mayor of Liverpool City Region. The Mayor, Steve Rotheram said that the multi-million pound project will "ensure that the iconic 'Ferry Cross…
Shipyard blow: The design by Harland & Wolff for the UK's national flagship project, however the contract has been scrapped by the British Government. The newbuild would of been a successor to the Royal Yacht Britannia which travelled over 1 million nautical miles until decommissioned in 1997.
The shipyard boss at the Harland & Wolff Group has expressed disappointment after the UK Government scrapped a shipbuilding contract worth £250 million. The Belfast-based group which owns shipyards in Arnish and Methil in Scotland and Appledore in England, was…
The environmentally friendly ferry cannot initially run on a 'green' basis due to a new fault of the newbuild at the Clydeside shipyard above as seen in recent years.
One of the Scottish ferries at the centre of a shipyard ferry fiasco could see it lose its green credentials following a new fault. The Ferguson Marine shipyard which was nationalised in 2019, has confirmed that further issues with 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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