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A record 115 cruise ships carrying 185,000 crew and passengers visited Belfast this season, according to Cruise Belfast. AFLOAT adds Black Watch seen in recent years in Belfast Lough with a white hull (now grey) had docked in the harbour on the southside of the port.  On board were Canadians taking a 26-day cruise.
#CruiseLiners - It was a record-breaking cruise season that officially ended yesterday when the Fred Olsen-owned Black Watch (docked) in the Port of Belfast. As The Irish News reports this was the 115th ship to dock in 2018, and since…
Unite says UK shipyards like Belfast's Harland & Wolff should get work otherwise cranes could “end up as tourist attractions” if MoD contracts go overseas
#BelfastLough - Belfast's iconic cranes of Samson and Goliath could “end up as tourist attractions” if military shipbuilding contracts are awarded overseas, it has been warned. As Belfast Live reports the union UNITE made the claim as they launched a…
The ferry was travelling from Belfast to Liverpool
#BelfastLough - An evacuation of passengers according to ITV News from a ferry took place after a report that a “device” had been left on board. The Police Service of Northern Ireland said the Belfast to Liverpool service was held…
Whatever about the outcome of this weekend’s J/109 Nationals at Howth, home team Pat Kelly (centre) and his crew on Storm are already winners of the RC35 Celtic Trophy 2018 after success (seen here) in the Silvers Scottish Series in May, followed by second at Bangor Town Regatta in July, and first at the Welsh IRC Championship in August.
The great Danish sailor Paul Elvstrom famously commented that it was much easier to create a completely new racing boat with top class potential than it was to create a successful Class Association with global reach to give proper support…
Morgan Lyttle and Patrick Whyte were 420 winners on Belfast Lough
For the first time in their domestic event season this year the 420s had some breeze to stretch their legs, it has taken until September for an event to provide moderate to strong breezes and the 2018 Ulster Championships duly…
A Multihull start at the Festival of Speed weekend at Ballyholme Yacht Club
The Irish Multihull Association introduced an innovative approach to their National Championships this year by inviting the 49er and 29er fleets to join them in a high-speed weekend of competitive sailing on Belfast Lough where we hosted the World F18…
The sheer force of Storm Ali forced the cruiseship Nautica to detach, Afloat adds from moorings at Greenock Cruise Terminal on the Clyde, Scotland. Afloat has identified Nautica is docked in Belfast Harbour today and is scheduled to make a visit to Dublin Port this Saturday.
#CruiseLiners - A cruiseship which due to Storm Ali was forced to detach from its moorings in Scotland as the severe winds (yesterday) unleashed chaos across the country. The cruiseship writes the Express, tore away from its moorings in Greenock,…
Launching the Icebreaker series from (left to right): Richard Honeyford, Chief Operating Officer, RYA NI, sponsor Michael Keenan of Danske Bank, Pete McDowell, Commodore BYC, Dan McCaughey, Laser Sailor, Aidan Pounder Vice Commodore BYC and Charlie Winton, Ladies Captain, BYC.
Ballyholme Yacht Club is pleased to launch the Icebreaker Series 2018/19. Now in its fourth decade, this event attracts a range of sailors from all over Belfast Lough. Commencing on Sunday, September 30th and continuing each Sunday until 16th December.…
SMS Towage's Irishman off the port-side of CMV's cruiseship Marco Polo during a transit of the Port of Hull's King George V Dock lock that marked the start of a one-night coastal Mini Cruise to Harwich, Essex. Also in port was berthed on the Humber estuary, P&O Ferries giant cruiseferry, Pride of Hull (almost 60,000grt) which along with sister Pride of Rotterdam operate an overnight service to the latter ship's namesake city port in the Netherlands.
#Ports&Shipping - A former Belfast Port based tug, Irishman is currently to be found busy working in the East Yorkshire port of Hull on the Humber Estuary that flows into the North Sea, writes Jehan Ashmore. Irishman, a 40 ton…
The scene early yesterday morning of the Coastguard helicopter
#Coastguard - A worker from a ferry writes BelfastLive had to be airlifted to Belfast after falling ill on board the ferry. The coastguard was alerted to the medical emergency on board the Stena Lagan in the early hours of…
The pleasure boat was unable to be recovered
#RNLI - Two RNLI lifeboats were launched on Friday (31 August) at the request of Belfast Coastguard to assist a pleasure fishing boat with four people onboard off Carrickfergus. Bangor RNLI was first to launch at 3.15pm to reports that a…
At a plaque ceremony held on board Stena Forerunner to mark the inaugural call of the ro-ro freightferry to Belfast which took place on 26 August. The 4Runner Mk II class freightferry boosts capacity on the route to Liverpool (Birkenhead). Afloat adds in the background is another North Sea freightferry transferred to the Irish Sea, Stena Scotia though which operates on the route to Heysham.
#FerryNews - Captain Marcel Schaar of the ro-ro freightferry Stena Forerunner was welcomed to Belfast Harbour this week by the port's CEO Joe O’Neill and Anna Breen, Stena Line's Freight Commercial Manager (Irish Sea North). The inaugural call of the…
Azamara Pursuit Afloat adds made a maiden call to Dublin Port last Saturday and Waterford the next day. The Irish calls took place prior to sailing to Southampton (above) where the cruiseship was officially christened yesterday.
#CruiseLiners - New to Azamara Club Cruises is the Azamara Pursuit which was officially named in Southampton yesterday, 28 August. The 30,277gt Azamara Pursuit writes the Maritime Executive was previously P&O Cruises' Adonia, and she sailed her final voyage as…
Annalise Murphy and Katie Tingle begin their journey to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in their new 49er FX on Belfast Lough next month
Annalise Murphy will launch her new Olympic sailing campaign in the 49erFx at Ballyholme Yacht Club's 'Weekend of Speed' on Saturday and Sunday, 15th and 16th September. The Rio Olympic silver medalist will race under handicap against men's high-performance Olympic 49er teams as she…
Carrickfergus Ruffian 23 Wins National Title at Royal St. George Yacht Club
Carrickfergus Sailing Club visitor Trevor Kirkpatrick skippering 'Carrageen' was the winner of the 12-boat Ruffian 23 National Championships on Dublin Bay after countback. After seven races sailed and one discard at the Royal St. George Yacht Club, Kirkpatrick had the…
The floating production and storage offloading vessel, Searose FPSO which Afloat adds berthed at H&W's (BDD) Belfast Dry-Dock to undergo work that took place in recent years.
#BelfastLough - Fred. Olsen Energy, the Norwegian drillship,rig operator and owners of the yard that built RMS Titanic, is considering a debt and equity restructuring that would almost wipe out the value of its current shares, the company said. With…

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