J3676 : 'Stena Superfast VII' in dry dock, Belfast

taken 11 months ago, near to Queens Island, Whitehouse, Greencastle, Ballymacarret and Sydenham, Northern Ireland

'Stena Superfast VII' in dry dock, Belfast
'Stena Superfast VII' in dry dock, Belfast
Standing directly beneath the 'Stena Superfast VII' in dry dock. The entire weight of the ship is supported by the keel blocks (see J3576 : Keel blocks, Thompson Graving Dock Belfast for an explanation). I'm still amazed that the weight of such a huge structure can be taken by what seems like a relatively small number of supports.
'Stena Superfast VII' in dry dock, Belfast
Images of the ro-ro ferry 'Stena Superfast VII' LinkExternal link in the Belfast Dry Dock. Please note that this is a private facility and that access was provided through Stena Line / Harland & Wolff (my grateful thanks to both for a fascinating visit).

For further information see LinkExternal link ; for other Geograph images of both the ship and her sisters see LinkExternal link .
The Belfast Dry Dock
The Belfast Dry Dock, owned and operated by Harland and Wolff for ship repair purposes. By the early 1960s it was clear that the largest dock in Belfast, the Thompson Graving Dock (see J3576 : Thompson Graving Dock), was too small for modern tankers and bulk carriers then being constructed. The Harland and Wolff Dry Dock (known as the Belfast Dry Dock) was constructed between 1965-68 by Charles Brand and Sons to a design by Rendel, Palmer and Tritton. It is 1150 feet long by 160 feet wide and, when constructed, was one of the five largest docks in the world. The dock can accommodate ships up to 200,000gt.
Alongside the dock is Ship Repair Quay (formerly known as Outfitting Wharf). This was constructed some 7 years later in 1975 and has a total lineal quayage of 433 metres. Ships which do not need to be fully dry docked are repaired here.
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Date Taken
Monday, 20 March, 2017   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 22 March, 2017
Geographical Context
Coastal  City, Town centre  Industry  Docks, Harbours 
Place (from Tags)
Belfast Harbour  Belfast  Belfast Docks 
Primary Subject of Photo
Dock  Ship 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 362 768 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:37.2930N 5:53.5102W
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Irish: geotagged! J 362 768
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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