Harland and Wolff

Initially established in 1861 Harland and Wolff have over 150 years of marine manufacturing experience, and are able to offer a unique combination of vast facilities and technical capability. From initial consultancy through detailed engineering, fabrication and through life support Harland and Wolff is perfectly positioned to support the needs of the maritime, offshore and renewable energy sectors.

Harland and Wolff’s impressive site is situated in the Port of Belfast, Northern Ireland; on a circa 80 acres across 2 sites. The business is split into 4 main categories across two sites in Belfast, the Main Site and Ship Repair, which are supported by Health and Safety, Quality and Human Resources.

1. Engineering
2. Ship and Offshore Unit Repair
3. Marine Renewables Logistics
4. Shop Manufacture

The main facilities:

Dock Length/beam (m) Draft above keelblocks (m) Capacity Cranes
Main Dock 556 x 93 8,38 above 500.000t dwt 2x60t & 9t 2x840t Gantry cranes
Belfast Dock 335 x 50,29 12,2 200.000t dwt 2x40t & 80t


The entry into Belfast port where Harland and Wolff is situated has sufficient draft to accommodate any type of vessel with no height restrictions upon the approach. The Main Building Dock is 556m long x 93m wide. The dock has an Intermediate Dock Gate that can be placed at predetermined locations along the length of the dock, allowing a part wet, part dry arrangement. The versatility of the Main Building Dock coupled to the outstanding lifting capacity of the Goliath gantry cranes is an invaluable asset to the shipyard and allows a range of business activities. The Belfast Dock is 335m x 50m and is situated in the Ship Repair Site further down the Queens Road. This site is fully self-sufficient with its own offices, amenities and workshops and has licensed open grit blasting in dock and afloat with a capability of receiving 1,500m3 of slops. Dry dock services include seawater fire main, cooling water, fresh water, compressed air, shore power supply, site fully covered by fibre-optic network providing telecommunications, data communications and CCTV operations; gas freeing, 1500 tonne slops disposal capacity, licensed for open grit blasting and painting, over 5000m2 covered warehousing including humidity controlled stores, 200 secure parking spaces plus overflow area.

Safety is the primary consideration in the execution of projects at the Harland and Wolff facility. The safety culture is led by the Chief Executive, deployed via the Management Team, and continuously monitored by the management Safety Officers and workforce Safety Representatives. The company has maintained its excellent track record for accident zero tolerance through diligent application of an existing robust Health and Safety system. In order to allow external referencing and the maintenance of such high standard of compliance, Harland and Wolff have been awarded BS_OHSAS 18001:2007, in 2011.
Harland and Wolff take their environmental responsibilities very seriously and as such have developed an Environmental Policy that is harmonised to the Health, Safety and Quality management strategies.  The Environmental Policy is driven by the Chief Executive office and permeates through all levels of the organisation providing a robust yet flexible approach empowering all employees to make a positive contribution. The company has developed a Environmental Management System and have been awarded the EN ISO 14001:2004 certificate in 2012. This award provides an external reference to validate the wide-ranging scope of the existing Environmental Policy.

The company operates a Quality Management System (QMS) which includes certification with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008. The QMS identifies those aspects of the company workscope which are deemed to be critical to achieve enhanced customer satisfaction by consistently providing products and services which meet the customer’s requirements. It includes the corporate processes and procedures within which the company operates. It is however a flexible system and allows for variations for particular Projects where the Client or Certification Authority requirements may differ from the standard QMS approach.