Both vessels are to undergo standard dry-docking operations, giving Harland & Wolff the opportunity to showcase its cruising expertise and capabilities

Harland & Wolff Group Holdings PLC (AIM:HARL) subsidiary Harland & Wolff (Belfast) Limited has been awarded a contract to dry dock two cruise ships from Carnival Corporation’s P&O Cruises and Cunard subsidiaries (NYSE:CCL) .

The two vessels – P&O Cruises’ Aurora and Cunard’s Queen Victoria – will remain in the Belfast shipyard for a total of 33 days, where they will undergo standard dry-docking operations, allowing Harland & Wolff to demonstrate its capabilities and expertise in this type of projects to the cruise industry at large.

The Queen Victoria will be the largest cruise ship to be dry-docked at a UK shipyard and the first Cunard ship to be dry-docked in Belfast, Harland & Wolff said in a statement.

He added that winning the contract marks another step in the company’s strategy to reactivate in key markets – operating in five markets and six sectors so that projects can be completed in a timely manner and jobs can remain. in place for a long time. Shipowners will benefit from improved productivity and reduced project costs.

Under the recently released National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSbS), repair and maintenance projects, as well as life support, are key activities that will improve Harland & Wolff’s productivity and enable it to win new projects, the company noted.

The NSbS says more than 150 domestic vessels will be built in the coming years, in addition to manufacturing work for the renewable energy sector following the latest ScotWind licensing round and future licensing rounds yet to be announced.

“When acquiring the assets of Harland and Wolff (Belfast) in December 2019 and in a pre-pandemic period, the cruise industry was one of our main target markets. Our facilities are ideally placed to capitalize on these types of large projects while continuing to serve our smaller but regular clients,” said John Wood, Managing Director of Harland & Wolff.

“We have now secured contracts in four of our five markets; Commercial, Cruise and Ferry, Renewables and Energy – we now hope to complete the final stage of securing a defense contract in the near future.”

David Varty, Vice President Maritime, Carnival UK, added: “We are delighted to be able to build these two ships at Harland & Wolff, a UK shipyard with a long tradition and reputation, and we look forward to supporting the maritime industry. British. .”

Shares of Harland & Wolff Group Holdings rose 4.60% to 22.75p.