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

taken 1 year ago, near to Queens Island, Greencastle, Whitehouse, Ballymacarret and Sydenham, Northern Ireland

'Stena Superfast VII' in dry dock, Belfast
'Stena Superfast VII' in dry dock, Belfast
'Stena Superfast VII' with the port anchor chain in the foreground.
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.
'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 .
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Monday, 20 March, 2017   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 22 March, 2017
Geographical Context
Coastal  City, Town centre  Industry  Docks, Harbours 
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Belfast  Belfast Docks 
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Irish: geotagged! J 362 767 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:37.2448N 5:53.5312W
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Belfast Dry Dock  Dry Dock  Stena  Stena Line  Stena Superfast  Ferry  Passenger Ferry  Car Ferry  Belfast Harbour  Harland & Wolff  Harland and Wolff 

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