IN DEPTH: Belfast’s ship comes in

ScottishPower Renewables’ project director Charlie Jordan, left, and Jonas Thomassen, Dong’s offshore installation manager, at Belfast Harbour

ScottishPower Renewables’ project director Charlie Jordan, left, and Jonas Thomassen, Dong’s offshore installation manager, at Belfast Harbour

It was once a centre of the global shipbuilding industry, the place where famous vessels such as the Titanic and HMS Belfast took shape.

Now, after the biggest single investment in its 400-year history, Belfast Harbour in Northern Ireland is creating a new future for itself — as a centre for offshore wind.

Its recently opened £53m ($80m), 20-hectare assembly and logistics terminal has been leased to Denmark’s Dong Energy, which — together with partner Iberdrola-owned ScottishPower Renewables — will use the site as the base for their £1.6bn West of Duddon Sands (WoDS) project in the Irish Sea, 15km off northwest England.

In mid-May, the world’s joint-largest wind installation vessel, Pacific Orca, arrived at Log in to read complete article.

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