Harland & Wolff To Build And Market Friendship Multi-Purpose Cargo Ship

A unique cooperation agreement that covers the building and marketing of the highly successful Friendship type multi-purpose cargo vessel has been signed between two of the world's leading shipbuilding yards. The agreement, signed between Harland and Wolff Limited and Algoship International Limited in association with the Japanese shipbuilder Ishikawajima- Harima Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., covers the construc- tion in Belfast, and the marketing worldwide of the Friendship HT type dry cargo vessel designed by the international firm of naval architects G.T.R. Campbell of the Bahamas. It is believed to be the first time that such an agreement has been signed between a North European shipbuilder and a Japanese shipbuilder.

The Friendship series of vessels are designed to cope with the substantial increases in fuel costs and associated operational factors including changes in the variety of cargoes which medium sized multipurpose cargo vessels are being called upon to carry in the present economic climate. The versatility of the series makes it possible to switch easily from general cargoes to containers and to maintain ship administration efficiency onboard. On the technical side, details of the existing design now held by I.H.I, will be provided to the Belfast yard, and future refinements and developments of the design will be available to both companies who will maintain close liaison to ensure that all vessels built under the agreement will each contain the same commercially advantageous performance characteristics and high standards of construction that have created the current market for the Friendship series vessels in both shipbuilding locations. The agreement also provides for regular interchange of personnel between the parties whereby the maximum benefits are obtained from this unique cooperation between two of the world's major shipbuilders.

On the marketing side, Harland and Wolff Limited have been granted exclusive rights to build in the U.K. and rights to offer the vessel on the world market.

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