Under Norwegian parent company Fred Olsen Energy the shipyard has been carrying out mainly marine engineering projects such as oil rig refurbishment and work on wind turbines of late, employing a workforce of around 130 persons.
£50m refurb of Azamara Pursuit
The last ship the yard built was a ferry for the Ministry of Defence in 2003, while last year it carried out a £50m refurbishment of the cruise ship Azamara Pursuit. Outfitting specialist MJM Group managed the refit – the first time that Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., owner of the Azamara brand, had chosen a UK shipyard for such a project.
All a far cry from the yard’s glory days back in the early 20th century when it was the world’s leading builder of ocean liners – including the ill-fated Titanic, constructed at the yard between 1909 and 1911. At its height Harland and Wolff employed more than 30,000 workers.