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Cranes at Queens Island ~ The Titanic Shipyard
H&W Harland & Wolff
Belfast’s skyline is still dominated today by Harland and Wolff’s famous twin Gantry cranes, Samson and Goliath, built in 1974 and 1969 respectively.
There is also speculation about a new resurgence in the prosperity of the shipyard thanks to the company’s diversification into Emerging technologies, particularly in Renewable energy development, such as offshore Wind turbine and Tidal power construction, which may provide an opportunity to further improve the company’s fortunes in the long term.
In recent years the company has indeed seen its ship-related workload increase slightly. Whilst Harland & Wolff has no involvement in any shipbuilding projects for the foreseeable future, the company is increasingly involved in overhaul, re-fitting and ship repair, as well as the construction and repair of off-shore equipment such as oil platforms. In late 2007, the ‘Goliath’ gantry crane was re-commissioned having been in a moth-balled state since 2003 due to the lack of heavy-lifting work required at the yard.
In March 2008 the construction of the World’s first commercial tidal stream turbine, for Marine Current Turbines, was completed at the Belfast yard. The installation of the 1.2MW SeaGen Tidal System was begun in Strangford Lough Narrows on the third of April 2008.
Queens Island was the birthplace of RMS Titanic, probably Harland & Wolff’s most famous product, if not the worlds best known ship.
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