Belfast Telegraph

Floating factory sets sail after full refit at H-amp;W

One THOUSAND workers have completed a one-month project on a 'floating factory' in Belfast.

Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries Ltd has successfully completed the refurbishment of the SeaRose "floating production, storage and offloading vessel" for the Canadian firm Husky Energy after being awarded the contract in January.

The SeaRose has been docked in Harland and Wolff's Belfast Repair Dry Dock since its arrival in June and work has included maintenance on the vessel's propulsion system, turret and painting of the hull as well as regulatory inspections and upgrades.

The vessel has now left for Newfoundland.

Harland and Wolff project manager James Lappin said that the work has raised the company's profile further within the offshore oil and gas marketplace.

"We have proven that we are not only capable of large offshore design and build projects, but that we're also a competent and competitive alternative for the docking and upgrade of offshore oil and gas units," he said.

"Our repair and conversion department continues to invest, expand and develop our capability. We invite other oil and gas companies to make contact and see what we can do for them."

Harland and Wolff chief executive Robert J Cooper added: "All levels of Harland and Wolff were committed to ensuring that this important project was completed safely and successfully."