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Just been reading that Azura is being refitted at Harland and Wolffs shipyard in Belfast. She was I believe slated to go to Spain but maybe the Covid situation has change that.
Nice to see P&O back with Harland and Wolff, it may be a number of years since the last PO ship was there.
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Indeed it is parked right outside our office at the minute. It should actually have been doing med cruises and we should have been on her last week.
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Do H&W have a dry dock big enough for Azura?
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No idea, but she isn't in dry dock (when we were up during the week) it is just berthed along side.
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She will need to go into dry dock to complete the critical part of her 5 yr service.
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We were told that refitting in Belfast is being done under the guise of ' Fred ', info from ' Fred '.
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towny44 wrote: 19 Sep 2021, 12:10 Do H&W have a dry dock big enough for Azura?
Had a look on the H&W site, they have a dry dock that could I assume comfortably take 190mt long Azura in the dry dock at 335mts by 50mts wide. Iona is 334mts so to big
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She's 290m long but you're right should still fit, assuming the depth is also adequate.

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Sorry Merv, fat fingers, she is 290mts
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When we were in Belfast recently on a staycation cruise we were told that H&W had been taken over by Fred Olsen

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It was once owned by Fred Olsen (from 1989) it was put up for sale but there were no bidders. In the end an energy company, Infrastrata, picked it up for a bargain (2019?).
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Happydays wrote: 19 Sep 2021, 14:46 When we were in Belfast recently on a staycation cruise we were told that H&W had been taken over by Fred Olsen
H&W recently bought the Appledore shipyard.
They are refitting Frigates.

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Kendhni wrote: 19 Sep 2021, 15:18 It was once owned by Fred Olsen (from 1989) it was put up for sale but there were no bidders. In the end an energy company, Infrastrata, picked it up for a bargain (2019?).
We were told it was Freds' and that they were expanding in this sector ... in 2017
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That would have been correct in 2017 - I am reasonably sure it was 2018 when it went for sale. I only know because it was (obviously) huge news over here with politicians doing their best to out-willy-wave each other as to who cared the most.

It was nice to see that when InfraStrata bought Appledoore they paid homage to the H&W heritage by renaming it H&W Appledoore
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They called it H&W Appledore because that’s what the company is called.
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I think the homage is to H&W barney. Appledore are the company that purchased it.
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Ray B wrote: 21 Sep 2021, 09:32 I think the homage is to H&W barney. Appledore are the company that purchased it.
InfraStrata is the company that bought both H&W and Appledore. They renamed the Appledore yard to include H&W, probably because of the huge international reputation H&W had
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From Azura going in for a refit we have had a potted lesson of the great shipyard H&W, most interesting.
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Ray B wrote: 21 Sep 2021, 13:50 From Azura going in for a refit we have had a potted lesson of the great shipyard H&W, most interesting.
Indeed, the bit I thought was funny though was that Appledore had only one employee prior to being purchased by InfraStrata.
Here's hoping that both yards can make a go of it.
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That one employee is my wife’s cousin.
He was kept on when Babcock pulled out, to keep a presence on site. He’s worked there since he left school.
Babcock pulled out for their own commercial decision but it wasn’t because of lack of work, because they had actually stopped quoting for work.
They transferred some of the staff to Plymouth, a two hour each way commute.
Most of those skilled people are now back working locally.

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Azura has arrived in Hamburg.
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The word on Facecloth (always accurate of course) is she's going to have a crack welded. Similar thing happened to Ventura. Not clear if they're doing anything else or not at this point, but it would seem daft not to do so when she's out of service anyway, rather than have to take her out again later.

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Our granddaughters partner did some work on Azura last year while she was in Weymouth bay. He said at the time there was a large Crack across one of the decks.
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I hope they put their best welders on the job to repair the crack, I am on it in March. We don't want a cut and shunt job done on it. :lol:
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Are you going to finish the cruise we started last year? We are there in March as well ... and really looking forward to it. Fingers crossed
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Ray B wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 19:07 I hope they put their best welders on the job to repair the crack, I am on it in March. We don't want a cut and shunt job done on it. :lol:

I heard they’re using plumbers mate to fill it.

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Stephen wrote: 15 Oct 2021, 07:30
Ray B wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 19:07 I hope they put their best welders on the job to repair the crack, I am on it in March. We don't want a cut and shunt job done on it. :lol:

I heard they’re using plumbers mate to fill it.
Will the mate be happy about that?
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Use to have a plumbers mate when I first started in plumbing&heating, handed over to me from an old plumber who was retiring. He was as good as any plumber and did pass on some tips to me. Can't afford mates nowadays.
Ken, I hope to complete the cruise this time, can't face that mooring off Bridgetown again, laying on the sunbed being served drinks with the sun relentlessly shining down from the clear blue sky. Having to drag oneself to the buffet or the cool inviting swimming pool. Then the night time of eating and entertainment and to then do it all over again the following day.
Those back home in the cold wind and rain did not know the suffering we were having to endure. 😂😂
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Ray B wrote: 15 Oct 2021, 12:18 Use to have a plumbers mate when I first started in plumbing&heating, handed over to me from an old plumber who was retiring. He was as good as any plumber and did pass on some tips to me. Can't afford mates nowadays.
Ken, I hope to complete the cruise this time, can't face that mooring off Bridgetown again, laying on the sunbed being served drinks with the sun relentlessly shining down from the clear blue sky. Having to drag oneself to the buffet or the cool inviting swimming pool. Then the night time of eating and entertainment and to then do it all over again the following day.
Those back home in the cold wind and rain did not know the suffering we were having to endure. 😂😂
It was awful, and to add insult to injury they gave us our money back for the second week ... disgraceful!
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Stephen wrote: 15 Oct 2021, 07:30
Ray B wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 19:07 I hope they put their best welders on the job to repair the crack, I am on it in March. We don't want a cut and shunt job done on it. :lol:

I heard they’re using plumbers mate to fill it.
Stephen, have used tubs and tubs of the stuff unlike some 'Plumbers'? today, who bed everything into the bathroon sanitary with mastic. For the poor plumber called to do maintenence on the fittings it can be annoying (put very politely).
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