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    Harland & Wolff wins key order

    News // November 3, 2000
    The British Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Tony Blair MP, used his recent visit to Belfast shipyard Harland and Wolff to announce some good news for the yard in the form of an order to build roll-on/roll-off ferries for the British armed forces.

    The future of the Belfast yard has been in some doubt for most of this year following its arbitration dispute with Global Marine and a lack of confirmed orders.

    The Prime Minister announced that the AWSR Ltd consortium, with whom Harland and Wolff had been closely working, have been declared as the preferred provider for the Strategic Sealift Service, which will entail the construction of six newbuild ro-ro ferries.

    Two of the vessels will be constructed at Harland and Wolff, subject to finalisation of shipbuilding contracts. The remaining vessels will be constructed at the Flensburg shipyard in Germany.The 'split' of the orders and therefore the delivery dates and associated manufacturing commencement dates will be subject to discussion between AWSR Ltd, Harland and Wolff and Flensburg.

    Welcoming the Prime Minister to Harland and Wolff, Chief Executive, Brynjulv Mugaas, said "We are delighted to welcome the Prime Minister to Harland and Wolff and to learn that the AWSR Ltd consortium have been nominated as the Preferred Bidder for the Strategic Sealift Service.

    "Today's announcement will provide a tremendous boost, not only for our employees who have experienced such difficult times recently, but for all those with an interest in Harland and Wolff. Throughout our recent difficulties we have been heartened by the interest and efforts of the large number of our local politicians who have continually lent their support to the company. Finalisation of the contracts will offer us a platform from which to begin to repay their faith.

    "Subject to the finalisation of the contracts, design work will commence immediately. The short term orderbook will consist of the ongoing completion of the upgrade of the Fred Olsen Energy-owned Bredford Dolphin drilling rig and the new contract for a Special Periodic Survey on another drilling rig, Bulford Dolphin, owned by the Fred Olsen related company Borga a/s. These will provide a valuable contribution to overall workload until such times as the full benefits of the ro-ro contracts feed into ourproduction.

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