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£15 million is to be invested at Belfast Harbour's Victoria Terminal 2 (VT2), which currently services Stena Line's popular Belfast to Liverpool route. Afloat adds above is Stena Lagan which along with a sister operate the passenger service
#belfastlough - In an announcement Belfast Harbour is to invest £15 million to re-develop one of its ferry terminals. The project, reports The Irish News, is part of a long-term investment strategy in port infrastructure will see the transformation of…
The growing RC35 class were one of the strengths of the successful Bangor Town regatta in 2018. The Regatta is now set to be run on a biennial basis
An event which was once a major highlight of the Belfast Lough programme in times past found a new and very active lease of life when Bangor Town Regatta was re-introduced as a major biennial event in July 2018. The…
The new RS21 keelboat is prepared for launching on Belfast Lough on Sunday
Sunday saw the first time that the brand new RS21 keelboat hit the water in Ireland with opportunities this month to get sailing on this exciting design. The Northern Ireland RS agent - Bosun Bob's brought the asymmetric keelboat over…
Artemis Technologies CEO Iain Percy OBE with the firm’s head of innovation Mark Gillan in Belfast last October
Artemis Technologies’ Belfast-based bid for a carbon-free yacht-building project is in line for major seed funding, according to Sail World. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the company spun off from America’s Cup team Artemis Racing and led by double Olympic…
Trade at Belfast Harbour increased by more than 900,000 tonnes last year. Above Arklow Beacon a 'B' class short sea dry-bulk trader departing Belfast Lough and offshore of Co. Down. Note the orange 'free-fall' lifeboat of the Dutch flagged ship.
#belfastlough - A record 24.6 million tonnes of cargo was handled in Belfast Harbour last year thanks to a major increase in the number of freight vehicles passing through the port, which rose to a high of 532,000, latest figures…
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NSI trialling of new North Sails Tour Xi cruising sails on Strangford Lough recently on Peter Niblock's Moody S31 "Zeelander"
RYA NI is hold its Cruising Conference in Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club in Cultra, Co. Down this Saturday Jan 26th starting at 9.30am. As part of it, North Sails Ireland's Prof O'Connell will be giving a talk on…
One of the new solar and wind powered light installed in Belfast Harbour, where AFLOAT adds above on the opposite bank of the Lagan is berthed freight-only Stena Forerunner. Last year the ro-ro ship was transferred from North Sea service onto the Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) route.
#belfast -  Yesterday in the UK was held the National 'Cut Your Energy Cost Day' and where Belfast Harbour contributed in implementing measures. This has seen the harbour install solar and wind powered lights along their quays. As can be…
Samson and Goliath the shipbuilding gantry cranes are iconic landmarks situated at Queen's Island, Belfast
#belfast- Business advisers are carrying out a valuation of Belfast's Harland & Wolff ahead of a likely disposal by its parent company this year, the Independent can reveal. Accountants have been sent in to carry out the work to establish…
One of the Stena vessels in dry dock at H&W Belfast, which AFLOAT adds is Stena Lagan, the first of a pair that operates Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) is docked for works. During the refit programme, Stena Horizon from the Rosslare-Cherbourg route is covering in for the dry-dockings. In turn Stena Nordica operates the French route in addition freight-only Stena Forerunner (of Liverpool route) last weekend provided a boost in capacity given Irish Ferries reduced sailing frequency of recent months based out of Dublin. Also above behind the gangway is Stena Forerunner, which Afloat last year covered in its deployment from North Sea service.
#ferries - Work has begun on ferries from Stena Line which involves a £5 million refit programme of its local fleet at Belfast's Harland & Wolff shipyard. The 10-week upgrade schedule reports the Irish News, will see five Stena vessels…
According to Belfast Harbour, the ‘Mantsinen 300M’ due to be delivered in the Spring will be managed by Cooper Specialised Handling
#Belfast - An investment by Belfast Harbour costing £3m has led to the world's largest hydraulic crane that is due to be delivered in the Spring. The 40-metre high Finnish machine reports Belfast Telegraph weighs 370 tonnes and can manage…
The famous cranes at the H&W Belfast: Former Northern Ireland Enterprise Minister Lord Empey has said that he fears the site may now fall into the hands of property developers.
#BelfastLough - Harland and Wolff shipyards in Belfast, must be maintained for industrial use and not sold off to property developers, Lord Empey has said. As The Belfast Telegraph writes, the former UUP leader was speaking after it emerged last…
Takeover deal for the world-famous manufacturer, Harland & Wolff, would represent one of the biggest NI corporate transactions in recent years. AFLOAT adds Anvil Point was the last ship built at the Belfast yard in 2003. A decade later, the ro-ro ship became surplus to the UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD) requirements.
#BelfastLough - A famous icon of Belfast, Harland & Wolff is up for sale as its Norwegian parent company Fred Olsen carries out a major restructuring. The former shipbuilder behind the Titanic reports The Belfast Telegraph, has diversified into renewable…
Half a century ago construction began on Goliath, then the largest crane in the world which formed the first of the giant shipbuilding cranes in Belfast at the Harland & Wolff yard. The second crane Samson soon followed to become iconic symbols of the city's industrial pride and heritage known throughout the world.
#BelfastLough - This month 50 years ago, November 1968 the landscape of Belfast was forever changed when a giant yellow crane known as Goliath rose from the Harland and Wolff shipyard. As BBC News NI recalls, it would be joined…
Artemis Technologies, a spin-off from America’s Cup team Artemis Racing, has announced plans to establish a new facility in Belfast Harbour, initially creating 35 jobs, in a bid to return commercial shipbuilding to the city. It will develop a city to city passenger Autonomous Sailing Vessel that will run without the need for fossil fuels. Pictured at the launch, from left, Artemis Technologies Chief Executive, double Olympic gold medalist Iain Percy OBE, Northern Ireland Secretary of State Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, Belfast Harbour CEO Joe O’Neill and Mark Gillan, Head of Innovation, Artemis Technologies.
Artemis Technologies, a spin-off from America’s Cup team Artemis Racing, is to establish a new facility in Belfast Harbour, initially creating 35 jobs, in a bid to return commercial shipbuilding to the city. The company led by double Olympic gold…
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…

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