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Harland & Wolff's Belfast Shipyard Awarded Contract Worth £8.5m to Build Thames Barges

1st June 2022
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. 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. Credit: CoryGroupUK-twitter

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 & Wolff’s Belfast site, with first steel being cut within approximately eight weeks’ time.

The construction programme schedule allows for four barges to be built in tandem, with the entire build programme ending around mid-2023. Fully fabricated barges will be sequentially delivered to Cory on the River Thames.

Harland & Wolff, Group CEO John Wood, commented: “With this material contract, we shall be opening up our vast undercover fabrication halls in Belfast and making optimal use of our new robotic welding panel line.

“This contract gives us the opportunity to optimise our production flows in readiness for other fabrication programmes in our pipeline and it demonstrates the variety of fabrication work that our facilities are ideally placed to execute upon.

“I am delighted to have secured this contract with our new client, Cory Group, and look forward to working very closely with them to deliver on their new barge investment programme going forward.”

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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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