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Giant Oil Rig Black Dolphin Finally to Depart Belfast's Skyline
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#GiantOilRig – A giant oil-rig the Blackford Dolphin, which was initially only supposed to be in Belfast for a six-week refurbishment, is to finally depart Belfast today after six months dominating the city's skyline. As previously reported on Afloat.ie,  the…
Barred 'Toxic Fire' Cargo Ship May Soon Have Permission To Dock At Belfast
Belfast Lough
#BelfastLough - A cargo ship that's been at anchor at the mouth of Belfast Lough for weeks may be allowed to dock at the harbour in the coming days, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. The grain transporter Voge Fantasy was…
Belfast Harbour’s £250m City Quays Masterplan Awarded Approval
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#BelfastCityQuays - A £250m, 20-acre Belfast city quays development proposed by Belfast Harbour with outline planning permission has been awarded approval. The water-side development will be office led and also include retail, residential, a hotel and a car park. Welcoming…
Record Trading As Profits Soar At Belfast Harbour
Belfast Lough
#Belfast - Belfast Harbour is reporting a profit of £26 million (€32 million) in 2013, a whopping 42% rise on the previous year. The Belfast Telegraph reports that a record increase in the trade of coal, stones, scrap and animal…
H&W Prepares to Say Farewell to Giant Oil Platform
Belfast Lough
#GiantOilRig- Work is now nearing completion at Harland & Wolff which has been carrying out specialised emergency work on one of the world's biggest oil platforms, the Irish News has confirmed. Depending on the tides in Belfast lough, the 360-foot…
Harland and Wolff Samson Gantry Breaks World Record
Belfast Lough
#SamsonsWorldRecord - The Belfast Telegraph reports that Harland and Wolff has broken a world record at the Belfast shipyard - by performing the world's heaviest single point WaterLoad test As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the massive Samson gantry which was…
Race to Complete Extra Work on Giant Oil Rig Blackford Dolphin by June
Belfast Lough
#GiantOilRig – A giant oil rig, initially set for a whistle-stop 60-day renovation project in Belfast, will now see the Blackford Dolphin remain in the city's docks until June. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Blackford Dolphin, a 360ft high…
Ballyholme Yacht Club Boasts of 110–Day Racing Season
Belfast Lough
#ballyholmeyc – Can any other Irish club boast over 110 days of racing this year? Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough has been awarded the 2014 RYA NI Youth National championships to add to its already full calendar with the F18…
What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor? Send Him Home, Says Judge In Belfast
Belfast Lough
#BelfastLough - The Belfast Telegraph reports that a Russian sailor found drunk in charge of a ship in Belfast Lough has been given a 12-month conditional discharge by Belfast Magistrates Court - and will now be sacked from his post…
Harland & Wolff Carving a Niche in Offshore Energy and Renewables Market
Belfast Lough
#GiantFPSO - Work on another oil rig completed by Harland & Wolff in 2012 had helped clinch the multi-million pound Blackford Dolphin deal, writes The Belfast Telegraph. One thousand workers helped completed the one-month project on the SeaRose FPSO "floating…
Carrickfergus Castle Dig Makes History On Belfast Lough's Shores
Belfast Lough
#BelfastLough - Eight hundred years of history on the shores of Belfast Lough have come to light thanks to a new archaeological dig at Carrickfergus Castle. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, the fortification dates from Anglo-Norman times and is the…
Giant 'Dolphin' Oil Rig Not Leaving Ulster Just Yet
Belfast Lough
#OilRig – The Newsletter reports that the industrial behemoth that is an oil rig at Harland & Wolff, is set to remain as part of the skyline of Belfast for a number of weeks to come. As previously reported on…
New Year Honour for NI 'Sailability' Stalwart
Belfast Lough
#BelfastLough - A former vice chair of Belfast Lough Sailability made Britain's New Year Honours list for her services to sailing for people with disabilities. As the Carrick Times reports, Geraldine Duggan will receive a British Empire Medal for her…
Belfast Harbour Trade Figures 'In The Black'
Belfast Lough
#BelfastHarbour -Belfast Harbour's trade rose by 16% during 2013 with record tonnages of almost 23 million passing through the port. Over half the increase, 1.7m tonnes, was fuelled by an increase of over 150% in coal imports. This reflects a…
Belfast Harbour Plans Expansion Into Lough
Belfast Lough
#BelfastLough - Some 60 acres (25 hectares) would be reclaimed from Belfast Lough under ambitious proposals to expand Belfast Harbour that have been lodged with planning authorities. BBC News reports on the three-year scheme planned for the seaward end of…
Repairs Start on Belfast's Warship Caroline
Belfast Lough
#WWICruiser –Repairs to vital weatherproofing have started on HMS Caroline in advance of major restorative work to turn the famous World War One fighting ship as previously reported into a floating museum in Belfast. It came dangerously close to sinking…

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