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Last Updated:  Saturday, 22 March, 2003, 16:56 GMT
Last ship leaves famous yard
The Anvil Point
Roll-on roll-off ferry was built for English consortium
The last ship to be built at Harland and Wolff has finally left Belfast.

The Anvil Point set sail from Queen's Island on Saturday, ending almost 150 years of shipbuilding at the famous yard.

The ship's departure had been delayed because of a problem with its German made engines.

It was originally due to leave on Thursday night.

The 22,000 tonne vessel is the second of two roll-on roll-off ferries built at the yard for English shipping consortium Andrew Weir Shipping Ltd, which is leasing the ship to the Ministry of Defence.

It was named by Wendy Parker, wife of consortium member Michael Parker, in a champagne ceremony in Belfast earlier this year.


The Harland and Wolff company remains in business and is still tendering for ship repair and overhaul work.

However, the yard which once employed more than 30,000 people now has a core manual workforce of only a few dozen.

Harland and Wolff will now be focusing on ship repair, converting vessels for new uses and civil engineering.

The company has recently built two bridges which have been erected in Dublin.

The yard can dry-fit bridges before installation and is seeking design work for aircraft carriers.

The company is currently tendering for a contract with a Chinese yard.

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