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Belfast Lough
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#VesselValeVisits – Leadship of Arklow Shipping’s newest and only cargsoship currently in service out of 10 vessels ordered, Arklow Vale is understood to have made her maiden call to the island of Ireland, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 2,999grt cargoship had…
Belfast Lough
#BelfastLough - Belfast Lough's north foreshore will soon be home to a concentration of sustainable businesses that promises to be a first for Northern Ireland. UTV News reports on the Cleantech Hub, a 30-acre waterfront site at Giant's Park aimed…
Belfast Lough
#BelfastPort- In this year’s Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey, Belfast Harbour has achieved platinum status – the highest scoring level. The achievement for Belfast Harbour came just before the United National Climate Change Conference COP21 in Paris began. Like the…
Belfast Lough
#HMScaroline - The Belfast Telegraph writes on the count-down for the opening of HMS Caroline in Belfast's Titanic Quarter. Following the award of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £11.5m and a further investment by Northern Ireland’s Department for Enterprise…
Belfast Lough
#RigContract -Harland and Wolff, Belfast has completed the dry docking and SPS Class Renewal Survey of the Byford Dolphin Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU) during the summer. The offshore oil rig platform departed Belfast following a six-month dry docking in…
Belfast Lough
#ArcticBelfast - As previously reported on Afloat’s Ferry News, this week Belfast Port had an eighth Stena vessel docked in the harbour which today marks 20 years of ferry operations, writes Jehan Ashmore. Easily the largest ship is Stena Arctica…
Belfast Lough
#Sailability - Belfast Lough Sailability has added three new boats to its fleet, as the Carrick Times reports. The 2.4 Olympic class boats Peg and Skye and the Hawk 20’ day sailor keel boat Arica were officially named in a…
Belfast Lough
#NewBelfastTug – One of the largest UK independent harbour tug firms, SMS Towage has taken delivery of another tug for its Belfast operations last month.  The new ASD (azimuth stern drive) tug to Belfast brings the overall investment in the…
Belfast Lough
There was some dramatic sailing on the final day of the Belfast Lough Autumn Series. Whilst many of the first Class prizes in the series had already been decided, this didn't stop those behind trying their hardest to make a…
Belfast Lough
Sunday afternoon saw the second race of the Lisglass Builders Icebreakers Series with a wide range of dinghies across all classes. The Topper class is still depleted with squad training going on elsewhere but it was good to see Freya…
Belfast Lough
Charlie West–Hurst's Mumbo Jumbo won their first race of the Belfast Lough Autumn Keelboat Series last Sunday morning, finishing just behind the other NIRKRA competitors to win on handicap. This was the fourth different winner in as many weeks with…
Belfast Lough
#NavyHospital - One the largest and most unusual military vessels in the world came home to Belfast for the weekend and where sea cadets had a tour, according to the Belfast Telegraph. The RFA Argus (A135) will be a feature…
Belfast Lough
#NewCruiseVisitor – Belfast Harbour which expects 115,000 cruise-goers by end of season, welcomed a first time visitor this morning, the new Mein Schiff 4 which operates in the premium –German cruise market for TUI Cruises, writes Jehan Ashmore. Mein Schiff…
Government Wanted to Shut H&W Yard, but Thatcher Was Warned it Would Wreck Peace
Belfast Lough
#1987Govfiles - Northern Ireland state papers dating from 1987 reveal of plans by the Government to shut down Harland and Wolff in the 1980s, that risked throwing the peace process into turmoil, civil servants warned, reports the Belfast Telegraph. They…
Google Maps Omits Harland & Wolff's Goliath Crane
Belfast Lough
#MissingCrane! – Standing nearly 100m tall and weighing 840 tonnes, Goliath has been part of the east Belfast skyline since 1969, but it seems the crane has been overlooked by Google Maps. BBC news writes that the crane is one…
Future Sale Won't Affect Belfast Harbour Trade Says Director
Belfast Lough
#BelfastHarbour - Belfast Harbour's "robust" trade will not be affected by any potential future sale, its commercial director has told BBC News. Joe O'Neill says the currently publicly owned harbour is run "very much in a private sector mode today...…

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