Protection work at Titanic dock

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Work has begun to protect the Belfast dock where the Titanic was fitted out.

Environment Minister Alex Attwood announced his department was providing £1.5m for preservation work on the Thompson Graving Dock. The 880ft (268m) long dock opened in 1911.

The work will involve the construction of a new structure outside the existing steel dock gate to safeguard the dock from flooding. Mr Attwood said: “The importance of the Thompson Graving Dock should be acknowledged. When it was completed in 1911 it was the largest dry dock in the world and without it the Titanic and its sister ships, Olympic and Britannic, could not have been completed.”

The dock is maintained by the Northern Ireland Science Park in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter.