Expansion planned in Belfast shipyards
The Belfast Harbour Board has announced a major expansion of shipbuilding facilities so as to keep up with the demand for new ships.
The Board has committed £75,000 to the construction of a new fitting-out berth, and has agreed a plan with Harland and Wolff to allow that company’s new engine shops to be built. Four ships, described by the Board as ‘monsters’, are to be brought to Belfast in the next year from Scotland, and they will be fitted with their engines and boilers. The mass of activity in the shipyards in the next twelve months will, the Board believes, lead to Belfast building and completing its highest ever tonnage on record and make it one of the busiest yards in the world.