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Port managers in developing countries get training from UNCTAD's TrainForTrade programme (supported by Irish Aid and ports of Belfast, Dublin and Cork) to run well-functioning ports that spread benefits to local economies as well as ease international trade.
#Ports&Shipping - UNCTAD Deputy-Secretery at the TrainForTrade port management programme said ports in developing countries must be managed efficiently using modern methods to support international trade and boost local economies. The Deputy-Secretary General Isabelle Durand was at a coordination meeting…
Azamara Pursuit, which formerly sailed as Adonia, will be completely refurbished in Belfast between now and August
#CruiseLiners - The cruise liner Azamara Pursuit is now in Belfast Lough in preparation for its refit at Harland & Wolff, according to the Belfast Telegraph. All eight decks of the 600m cruise ship will be refurbished over this summer,…
Belfast Harbour for the first time in its history handled direct export shipments to Saudi Arabia. The occasion last week involved the bulker, Bunun Champion export 20,000 tonnes of hi-tech coal. This process was made possible by the £30m investment by the port and the LCC Group.
#BelfastHarbour - A total investment of £30M by Belfast Harbour and Northern Ireland-based LCC Group have put the city at the centre of the global supply chain for hi-tech coal. Since opening last year, LCC’s £12M facility has handled almost…
Dockside Festival in Belfast starts next week March 27 to April 20 at the Alexandra Dock & Wharf and events held on board HMS Caroline.
#MaritimeFestivals - A month-long festival in Belfast Harbour is to start in the end of March at the Titanic Quarter. Dockside Festival runs from 27 March to 20 April and as The Irish News reports the festival will be held…
During the Finn Euros, Ulster Sailor Oisin McClelland played his part in the bid to keep the Finn an Olympic dinghy for Paris 2024. 'The future of Olympic sailing looks set to eliminate anyone over 6ft and 85kgs. Plenty of Finn sailors are upset about it', the Donaghdee sailor said
Oisin McClelland, Ireland's solo participant in the Finn European Championships, in Cádiz, Spain, finished 34th overall in his 91–boat fleet, a very satisfactory overall result, but a black flag disqualification in the final race on Friday will have been a…
The Titanic Walkway is being delivered by Titanic Quarter Limited and funded by Tourism Northern Ireland. The 500 metres of footpath will link the Titanic and Olympic Slipways to Alexandra Dock, where HMS Caroline is berthed.  The path will accommodate pedestrians and will add significantly to the Titanic Quarter public realm. The contractors for the project are McAvoys Contracts Ltd, who commenced work on site in May 2017. Both the Titanic Walkway and Great Light projects will be completed and opened to the public in November 2017.
Belfast Lough's offering as a maritime heritage destination has been given a major boost today as two iconic attractions – the Great Light and Titanic Walkway – officially opened to the public in Titanic Quarter.  The opening event was also…
Royal Princess which featured in the ITV series 'The Cruise' is as Afloat adds is seen above in Belfast Harbour which is expected to welcome 117 cruise calls this year.  In the immediate foreground to the right can be partially seen the Titanic Studies.
#CruiseLiners - According to Cruise Belfast 2018 will be another record cruise season for Belfast Harbour with 117 ships expected to dock in the city bringing more than 200,000 visitors to Northern Ireland. 25% more ships are booked to arrive…
Jay Colville's Forty Licks (East Down YC) will be action on Belfast Lough this July at Bangor Town Regatta
Early in July 2018, the well-loved coastal town Bangor on Belfast Lough will be the backdrop to the largest sailing event to be held in Northern Ireland for many years – the Bangor Town Regatta. The event is being hosted…
MJM Group director Naoimh McConville
#CruiseLiners - Fit-out firm MJM Group has said it will be looking increasingly to China after completing its first dry-dock project there. As the Business Telegraph writes the group's director Naoimh McConville says she hopes the company's recent deal to fit-out an…
Recording record trade in Belfast Harbour. Above: loading aggregates on to a short-sea trader, exports in this cargo surpassed 1.5 million tonnes for the first time.
#BelfastLough - Recording record trade levels, Belfast Harbour reached 23.7 million tonnes passing through the port in 2017. The port writes The Irish News, handles more than 70 per cent of the north's seaborne trade, has seen a 3 per…
Royal Princess which featured in the ITV series 'The Cruise' is eagerly awaited its return to the UK in May as the ship's homeport is Southampton. The giant cruiseship operated by Princess Cruises has in recent years called to Belfast, Dublin and Cork (Cobh).
#CruiseLiners - Two million cruise passenger visitors made for a record breaking year at the Port of Southampton in 2017 according to AB Ports, the owner-operators of the UK's leading cruiseport. The visitors brought with them a massive multi-million pound…
Stena Line CEO Niclas Mårtensson (third from left) attended the official keel-laying ceremony of new RoPax vessels for the ferry operator at the AVIC Weihai Shipyard in China. The Ropax vessels are to be deployed to Irish Sea services.
#FerryNews - An official keel-laying ceremony of a new RoPax for Stena Line took place at the AVIC Weihai Shipyard in China last Friday. The traditional maritime event marks the start of the construction phase of the hull and the…
Belfast routes to Scotland and England are served by seven Stena ships, among them above a freight ferry astern of Stena Lagan which operates to Liverpool (Birkenhead) on Merseyside.
#FerryNews- Services on Stena Line's Belfast-Scotland and England routes in 2017 marked another record trading year for freight and passenger operations. Freight volumes on its Belfast to Cairnryan, Liverpool and Heysham routes exceeded a record 514 000 units, which represents…
Sir Kenneth Branagh on board HMS Caroline, Belfast Port where the actor film director yesterday introduced a screening of his Oscar nominated film 'Dunkirk' to unsuspecting guests. The Belfast-born actor who received the 'Freedom of Belfast' in the Ulster Hall is seen in the port above with Jamie Wilson from The National Museum of the Royal Navy and Belfast Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister.
#BelfastLough - A surprise visit by Sir Kenneth Branagh was made to HMS Caroline in Belfast Harbour on Tuesday - surprising a group of movie-goers who were on board to watch his turn in the Oscar nominated Dunkirk. The actor…
Belfast actor Sir Kenneth Branagh in the acclaimed 2017 film Dunkirk which is to shown on board HMS Caroline, a WW1 light battle-cruiser berthed as a major visitor attraction in Belfast Harbour.
#BelfastLough - A pop-up film festival will form part of Belfast City celebrations to mark Sir Kenneth Branagh being made a freeman of the city on Tuesday January 30. The ‘Branagh in Belfast’ programme of events reports The Irish News…
MJM Group, a cruiseship refurbishment and interior fit out firm will project manage the docking, berthing and refit of Azamara Pursuit at Harland & Wolff, Belfast this April and the ship will make its maiden voyage in August.
#BelfastLough - MJM Group based in Newry, Co. Down has landed a major new deal which will see it refit a major cruiseship at Harland & Wolff in Belfast. The move writes the Belfast Telegraph, is part of a recent…

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