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The Harland and Wolff company which now operates the Arnish offshore construction site in Stornoway Harbour is celebrating a number of steps forward as they get the site ready for a greater workload in the future. 

On LinkedIn they said yesterday: "It's been a busy couple of weeks at our Arnish site.

"After successfully participating in a DNV Audit for HSEQ International Standards, Harland & Wolff (Arnish) is now delighted to announce it has been awarded the following:

  • Quality Management System Standard: ISO 9001:2015
  • Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard: ISO 45001:2018
  • Environmental Management System Standard: ISO 14001:2015

On Tuesday 7 September, Harland & Wolff (Arnish) also welcomed five new apprentices to site as part of their very first Apprentice Induction Day.

The company explained: "Running in line and with partnership from Lews Castle College, the day ran from 9am-4pm and gave the newest recruits a chance to tour the site as well as learn more about Harland & Wolff’s heritage and significance within national and international maritime sectors.

Stornoway businessmen David Wood paid tribute to the work of Harland and Wolff on LinkedIn. "Fantastic to see young blood joining the Arnish Site. Here's hoping many more apprenticeships will develop."

Harland and Wolff in Belfast ran into difficult times in the early years of this millennium and in 2018 the parent company Fred Olsen & Co restructured and decided to place Harland and Wolff up for sale.  In August 2019 the company announced that they would cease trading and entered formal administration. Subsequently, on 1 October 2019 it was announced that the shipyard had been bought for £6 million by the London-based energy firm, InfraStrata. In August 2020, InfraStrata also bought the dormant Appledore shipyard for £7 million.  It was renamed H&W Appledore complementing the H&W Belfast shipyard by focusing on smaller ships of up to 119 metres in the shipbuilding and ship repair market. In February 2021, InfraStrata acquired the Methil and Arnish yards, (but not the Burntisland facility) off BiFab. These both now trade under the Harland & Wolff brand aiming to help the company deliver on its existing strategy for a UK-wide footprint quicker than it would have done before.