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Thursday, April 30, 2020 

InfraStrata, the group which owns and operates the assets of the historic Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast, says that the yard has the only UK dock suitable for major cruise vessels, this being one area of focus for the near future.

InfraStrata says that H&W boasts two of the largest dry docks in Europe and is one of only two docks licenced for marine waste disposal in the UK, as well as being suitable for major defence contract work. In addition to shipbuilding and repair, the yard's 30,000m2 of undercover fabrication facilities will be used for fabrication work connected with the future Islandmagee gas storage project .

Clive Richardson, Chairman of InfraStrata, said: "We live in unprecedented times. Just like any other business, we are not immune to the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst the Company's management is currently focussed on cash preservation, we have our eyes firmly set on the future. When the lockdown is lifted, we expect to put in place a series of contracts at Harland & Wolff. Commodities and people will start moving again in the coming weeks and months. Marine transportation, the only economically viable method of moving goods and people around in large quantities and numbers, respectively, will become even more important as our government seeks to stabilise our economy.

"We have opened up Harland & Wolff to provide six services to five unique sectors (defence, cruise & ferry, commercial, oil & gas and renewables). The size and flexibility of Harland & Wolff lends itself to providing the simplest of repair services through to complex offshore fabrication and shipbuilding."

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