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Harland & Wolff Welcomes New Member to US Base in Miami

12th April 2021
Harland & Wolff with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree, has appointed Graham Couser to its growing US base. Harland & Wolff with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree, has appointed Graham Couser to its growing US base. Credit: H&W facebook

Iconic shipyard, Harland & Wolff with with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree, is delighted to welcome Graham Couser to its growing US base.

Based in Miami, Florida, Graham’s new role as Head of Business Development for cruise sees him tasked with developing Harland & Wolff’s cruise repair, refit, refurbishment and revitalisation business globally. He will also focus on the exposure of the Harland & Wolff business to the marine industry throughout North and South America.

Prior to joining Harland & Wolff, Graham served as Senior Vice President at Grand Bahama Shipyard Ltd. During his twenty-year tenure, the shipyard developed from a “green-field” with a single floating dock, to become a world-leading cruise and commercial ship repair facility.

Graham commented: “What excites me most, is facilitating the further development of the Belfast yard and expanding the business in the global cruise market. Unlocking the future - the motto of the yard is paramount to our new programs.”

Harland & Wolff is a multisite fabrication company, operating in the maritime and offshore industry. 

Its Belfast yard is one of Europe’s largest heavy engineering facilities, with deep water access, two of Europe’s largest drydocks, ample quayside and vast fabrication halls.

As a result of the acquisition of Harland & Wolff (Appledore) in August 2020, the company has been able to capitalise on opportunities at both ends of the ship-repair and shipbuilding markets where this will be significant demand.

In February 2021, the company acquired the assets of two Scottish based yards along the east and west coasts. Now known as Harland & Wolff (Methil) and Harland & Wolff (Arnish), these facilities will focus on fabrication work within the renewable, oil and gas and defence sectors.

Harland & Wolff is a wholly-owned subsidiary of InfraStrata plc (AIM: INFA), a London Stock Exchange-listed firm focused on strategic infrastructure projects and physical asset life-cycle management.

In addition to it owns the Islandmagee gas storage project, which is expected to provide 25% of the UK’s natural gas storage capacity and to benefit the Northern Irish economy as a whole when completed.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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