Two Carnival-owned cruise ships will use iconic UK drydock facilities

The only UK-based drydocking facility has won a drydocking contract for two P&O Cruises and Cunard cruise ships.

The facilities will be used for 33 days, making it one of the biggest contracts signed by Belfast-based Harland & Wolff. The company’s legacy includes work on some of the most iconic ships, including the famous RMS Titanic.

The works will boost the UK’s shipbuilding and maritime industry and include work for Cunard’s queen victoria and Aurora from P&O Cruises. queen victoria will be the largest cruise ship to any drydock in the UK.

Two vessels scheduled for dry dock

While many cruise lines choose to have their drydock work done at well-established shipyards in Germany, Italy or the Bahamas, the fact that Harland & Wolff was awarded a drydock contract for two cruise ships is a huge victory. for Belfast Dockyard.

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P&O Cruises and Cunard are owned by Carnival Corporation and work together under the Carnival UK banner. The company is a major player in the international cruise industry, with over 80 ships operating worldwide. Two of the cruise lines’ ships have been selected to undergo work in dry dock at the Belfast shipyard.

Carnival UK, maritime vice-president David Varty said: “We are delighted to be able to have these two vessels in a UK shipyard with such a long heritage and reputation and we very much look forward to supporting the UK maritime industry and working closely with the Harland & Wolff team on this project.”

The first cruise ship will be queen victoria, operated by Cunard Line. She will be the largest cruise ship to be dry-docked in the UK and the first and only Cunard ship to be dry-docked in Belfast.

P&O Aurora cruise ship
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At 294m in length and able to accommodate 2,081 guests, the 90,049 gross ton cruise ship will be a sight in Belfast Harbour. She will be in court between May 2 and May 19, 2022.

The second cruise ship to be revamped will be P&O Cruises Dawnwhich entered service in May 2000. Dawn has room for 1,878 guests, and with a length of 270m, she measures 76,152 gross tons. Dawn will be in court from June 9 to June 23, 2022.

Harland & Wolff Boost for UK Maritime Industry

The work the shipyard will undertake during the 33 days the ships are in the yard include standard dry dock work such as painting, engine and propulsion systems maintenance, hull and propeller maintenance and aesthetic work on the interiors of the hotel.

This will allow Harland & Wolff to show Carnival UK’s parent company, Carnival Corporationthat dry docking is available apart from traditional options such as Meyer Werft, Fincantieri and Chantiers de l’Atlantique.

Harland & Wolff, CEO of the John Wood Group, said: “Our facilities are ideally placed to capitalize on these types of large projects while continuing to serve our smaller but regular customers. We have now won contracts in four of our five markets; commercial, cruise and ferry, renewable energy and energy.

Other cruise ships that have carried out work at the Belfast shipyard include the P&O AzureVirgin Voyages scarlet ladyand Pursuit of Azamara.

Belfast Graving Dock Facility

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