The Anvil Point, due to be completed in a few weeks, could be the last ship built by the Harland and Wolff yard in Belfast, once the most famous shipyard in the world. This No. 1,742 ship in the yard’s order book is the Ro-Ro ferry - the second of two vessels, which have been built by H&W for the Ministry of Defence's strategic sealift service. H&W is moving out of traditional shipbuilding and into the ship repair, ship completion and the off-shore energy markets.
The company, which employed 35,000 in its heyday in the 1920s - and is famous around the world for the Titanic and other liners - will be reducing its core workforce from its current level of 200 to just 130 by the end of March. Anvil Point will undergo sea trials next month and will then receive final commissioning before being delivered to the MoD before the end of March.H&W is retaining 80 acres for its shipbuilding activities, and the landmark Samson and Goliath cranes are to remain in situ. The heavy lift cranes, along with the building dock, will be required by H&W as it develops its new role as an engineering services company.