about us.

A Long-Standing Family Business

D.F.S was founded in the 1930’s by brothers David and Samuel Ferran.  Today, the company remains an independent family firm.  D.F.S are the principal light towage, linehanding and mooring contractor in the Port of Belfast . The company also provides pilot boat and towage services at the Kilroot Power Station Jetty in Belfast Lough as well as crew and supply transportation to vessels at anchorage in the vicinity of Bangor Bay.

We have a fleet of six tug/workboats with bollard pulls ranging from 2 to 14.8 tonnes available to carry out towage and mooring work, offering a 365 days a year, 24 hours a day service. Among our clients are the Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Harland & Wolff, BP Shipping, BP Oil UK, Peel Ports, James Fisher Everard Ltd. and most of the other major shipping agencies.

Much of this work involves the towage of small and medium sized ships and attending to rope running and mooring. There are two sister companies Ferran Port Services Ltd which currently operate the pilot boat service for Belfast Harbour Commissioners and Ferran Marine Services Ltd which currently supply boatmen to the River Management Team at the Lagan Weir for the Department of Social Development.

A total of 30 personnel are employed by the three companies. The companies operate from one main office in Belfast Harbour and all vessel and personnel movements are controlled via VHF radio and monitored by a vessel tracking system. A full accredited Health & safety Management System is in operation for all 3 companies and audited at regular intervals by Intertek and Peninsula Business Services.The standard of staff expertise and training is very high and all our Vessels Masters are licenced. A full safety management system is in operation within the company and audited at regular intervals by Peninsular Business Services and BP Oil UK Logistics.

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Among the many services supplied by David Ferran & Sons is the provision of a specially trained 'Quick Response Team' to deal with oil spillage and environmental emergencies in the port of Belfast, Belfast Lough and Larne Lough. This service is carried out under sub-contract with Braemar Howells and all our staff in attendance meet the required MCA type 1p-5p and IMO level 1-3 qualifications. David Ferran & Sons also has an agreement with Braemar Howells for the provision of back up personnel in Ireland, if and when required.

David Ferran & Sons were sole provider of Towage service during the 2009 Tall Ships event in Belfast.