Stena Line has started work on a £5M (US$5.7M) refit programme of its local ferry fleet at Belfast’s Harland and Wolff shipyard.
The 10-week upgrade schedule will see five Stena Line vessels drydocked consecutively for refurbishment and maintenance works.
Stena Line trade director (Irish Sea North) Paul Grant said “Regular ship refits are an important element in our ship management operation which helps to maintain our excellent reliability and keeps our Irish Sea fleet to the forefront of the ferry sector. We’re pleased that we are continuing to work with Harland and Wolff in Belfast to carry out these important upgrades, helping to secure the local maritime skills base in Northern Ireland.”
Mr Grant added “Whilst Stena Line has already committed a significant investment to introducing three new ships to the Irish Sea starting in early 2020, it’s also important that we continue to improve, develop and invest in our existing fleet of vessels, which is exactly what this contract will do.”
Harland and Wolff chief executive Jonathan Guest said "Harland and Wolff is delighted to welcome back five of Stena Line’s Irish Sea vessels. Our working partnership with Stena Line is very important not only to our company but to the local economy through its associated supply chain."
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