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#BelfastLough - A sea captain has been convicted of being drunk on duty while piloting a merchant vessel in Belfast Lough last year. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, Eugenijus Tulauskas was found to be nearly four times over the legal…
A still from video of the scene at Belfast's Victoria Channel on Saturday afternoon
Rescue
#Rescue - A multi-agency response was launched after a woman fell from a quay in Belfast Harbour onto the banks of the River Lagan on Saturday (25 February). According to the Belfast Telegraph, the woman sustained injuries to her head…
This famous 1834 aquatint by J Lyons of a schooner from Bermuda sailing in the Caribbean shows that the straightforward Bermudan rig was already old hat when it caught on elsewhere in the 20th Century
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The 35th staging of international races for the 176-year-old America’s Cup is rising rapidly up the agenda. The opening jousts for challengers begin on 26th May 2017 at the first-time-selected venue of Bermuda, and the cup series itself starts there…
Coal-carrying cargoship, Jolanta which was a frequent caller to Belfast Harbour. The 99m ship however did not trade to ports on the Irish Sea or beyond?... So how could that be?... to find out the ship's destination (as pictured above) read below. Note yellow heavy machinery vehicle dozer on coal heap.
Belfast Lough
#CoalShip – A general cargoship that was a frequent caller to Belfast Harbour but did not depart to a port on the Irish Sea or for that matter beyond, so how could that be?, writes Jehan Ashmore. The answer to…
Belfast Lough Sailability at the 2017 RYA Sailability National Conference on Saturday 18 February
Belfast Lough
#Sailability - Two volunteers with Belfast Lough Sailability received awards at the RYA Sailability National Conference in Cambridge, England last Saturday (18 February). Bill Foster was awarded the RYA Sailability Exceptional Contribution Award, accepted by BLS chair Paul Bunting, while…
One of a pair of ferries operating Stena's Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) route is seen in H&W. Compare this photo of the conventional graving dry-dock with that of the 'floating' dry-dock in Afloat's Cork Harbour news report yesterday. This focused on Cork Dockyard's Dutch connections.
Belfast Lough
#Harland&Howth - Harland and Wolff, Belfast has been busy working with Stena Line ferries while in Howth Harbour, Co.Dublin the boatyard there has begun work on a passenger-only ferry that in recent years began running cruises, writes Jehan Ashmore.  The annual…
Guests attend a cruise evening event held at the Royal Irish Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Cruise Liners
#CruiseEvening - A cruise evening event was held earlier this week in a south Dublin yacht club to promote a major US brand operator, writes Jehan Ashmore. The event organised by Cruisescapes was held at the Royal Irish Yacht Club,…
HMS Caroline in partnership with PRONI is to host an archive event in March to include the role of women in World War I. The veteran C class light battle cruiser is currently closed for hull conservation work at H&W and is scheduled to reopen as a visitor attraction in Spring.
News Update
#WomenWWI - In partnership, HMS Caroline and the Public Service of Northern Ireland (PRONI) will present an afternoon themed around archive creation and care on 23 March. The time for the event is 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm and held…
An artist's impression of Hall McKnight's winning design for the Mew Island Optic on Belfast's waterfront
Lighthouses
#MewIslandOptic - Plans to install a rare lens from one of Ireland’s tallest lighthouses on Belfast’s waterfront have been given the green light. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, plans were announced last summer to house the optic from Mew Island…
The SSE Arena next to Abercorn Basin in Belfast Harbour
Rescue
#Rescue - A Belfast Harbour policeman jumped into action on Sunday night (8 January) to rescue a young woman from the waters behind the city’s SSE Arena, as BelfastLive reports. Police constable and lifeboat volunteer Scott Harkins was part of…
Former Topper  World Champion Liam Glynn from Ballyholme Yacht Club
Youth Sailing
Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough in Northern Ireland will host its first ISA Youth Sailing Pathway National Championships incorporating the first leg of the IODAI 2017 Optimist Trials in April. The event will be hosted from Thursday 20th to…
At the 1969 Quadrimillennial celebrations at the Royal Cork Yacht Club are (left to right) Clayton Ewing (Commodore, Cruising Club of America), An Taoiseach Jack Lynch TD, and Dennis Faulkner, Commodore Irish Cruising Club.
News Update
One of the most noted sailing figures in Northern Ireland, Sir Dennis Faulkner died peacefully at his home close along the shore beside the hidden waters of Ringhaddy Sound in Strangford Lough at the age of 90 on New Year’s…
Afloat adds that controversy arose as the public where at the scene of cargo from MSC Napoli (62,000grt) that washed ashore at Branscombe Beach, Devon UK. The 4,419 TEU containership during a storm suffered structural damage and was deliberately run aground at nearby Lyme Bay almost a decade ago on 20 January 2007. The 275m (900ft) vessel was one of the largest to be decommissioned at Harland & Wolff having been dismantled at their dry dock.
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#Decommissioning - For many UK ports writes EnergyVoice, developing the facilities needed for large-scale decommissioning projects is a quest they are just embarking on. But for the Belfast based Harland and Wolff (H&W) shipyard, the asset it describes as the…
Online Entry Opens for Irish Cruiser Nationals 2017 at Royal Cork Yacht Club
ICRA
Both the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) and the Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) have just launched their respective websites for the ICRA National Championships which will take place at the Crosshaven club from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th June.…
It is unlikely a brand new warship would ever be built entirely in Belfast, according to Sir John Parker's call for “sea-change” which would see ships built in modular form across the UK for final assembly at a specific hub.
Belfast Lough
#NavalNewbuilds? - Proposals of future naval shipbuilding to be shared around UK yards including Harland & Wolff writes The News Letter have been warmly welcomed in Belfast. The report prepared by Ulster-born industrialist Sir John Parker - a former chief…
HMS Duncan pictured in Portsmouth this summer
Naval Visits
#NavalVisits - The Royal Navy’s HMS Duncan was among a fleet of NATO warships that sailed into Belfast Lough on Friday 4 November, as ITV News reports. The Type 45 Destroyer, only the second of its kind in Northern Ireland’s…

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