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Titanic shipyard Harland & Wolff to work on Carnival cruise liners


Titanic shipyard to work on cruise liners for the first time in more than two decades

The Belfast shipyard that built the Titanic is to work on cruise liners again for the first time in more than two decades.

Harland & Wolff has won contracts to maintain Cunard’s Queen Victoria and P&O Cruises’ Aurora.

The ships, owned by the FTSE 100-listed cruise firm Carnival, will be in Belfast for 33 days in May and June.

Carnival contract: Belfast shipyard Harland & Wolff has won contracts to maintain Cunard's Queen Victoria and P&O Cruises' Aurora

Carnival contract: Belfast shipyard Harland & Wolff has won contracts to maintain Cunard’s Queen Victoria and P&O Cruises’ Aurora

Queen Victoria will be the largest cruise ship to be worked on in a dry dock at a UK shipyard and the first Cunard ship to drydock in Belfast.

Harland & Wolff was saved from closure in 2019 by London-based InfraStrata, which specialises in energy infrastructure projects.

The AIM-listed company paid £6million for it, and also owns Methil on the Firth of Forth, Arnish on the Isle of Lewis and Appledore in north Devon.

Harland & Wolff, which was founded in 1861, built 140 warships and 123 merchant ships during the Second World War and more than 500 tanks.

It was nationalised in the 1950s following a decline in sea travel while the last cruise liner it built from scratch was the Canberra in 1960.

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