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Royal Ulster Yacht Club's Opening Day will be on Saturday 1st May with racing around 1pm
It has been a long time coming. Royal Ulster's Opening Day will be on Saturday 1st May. Although this is an annual event, it will have its own particular difficulties this year due to the Covid restrictions. Opening Day is…
Belfast Harbour is to invest £2.5m in the refurbishment of the Victoria Terminal 1 ferry berth. The project is to renew and modernize the terminal infrastructure, extending its life span for a further 25 years. To facilitate these works the Stena line Belfast-Heysham service will operate from Ballast Quay Terminal during the summer period.
Plans announced by Belfast Harbour is to see a full refurbishment of the Victoria Terminal 1 Roll-on Roll-off ferry berth this summer. The terminal is from where Stena Line operate their Belfast-Heysham freight service. The programme of work, which represents…
Lagan S&R is an independent Lifeboat covering the seaward River Lagan and Belfast Lough
The Sunday Life recently highlighted the decision by Downtown Radio Star Neil McClelland to support Lagan Search & Rescue. Lagan S&R is an independent Lifeboat covering the seaward River Lagan and Belfast Lough; It relies on the generosity and support…
The eight WTG jacket foundations will principally be conducted at Harland and Wolff’s newly acquired Methil facilities in Scotland
Harland & Wolff, the iconic shipyard with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree has announced it has been awarded a contract by Saipem Limited for the fabrication and load-out of eight wind turbine generator (WTG) jacket foundations.…
Harland & Wolff Shipyard was founded on April 11 1861
Harland & Wolff, the national strategic asset, with four leading shipyards and fabrication facilities based in Belfast, Appledore, and Scotland is proud to be celebrating its 160th anniversary. Founded on April 11 1861 by Sir Edward James Harland and Gustav…
Belfast Coastguard Operations Centre Hoax Call
Coastguard and Lifeboat rescue teams have been extremely busy over the Easter Weekend and of course, answer distress calls without hesitation. But Belfast Coastguard Operations Centre has reported a hoax call. Both Bangor and Portaferry Coastguard Rescue Teams were tasked…
Ballyholme YC Commodore Aidan Pounder took an early morning open water swim in Ballyhomle Bay
Even the weather played ball for the Return to Water at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough this Easter weekend. And there was no shortage of members keen to get afloat. Commodore Aidan Pounder kicked the day off with an…
Ian O'Meara of Viking Marine with some tips for keeping sailing gear clear of salt water damage
 It isn't an April Fool! Thursday will be to Bangor Marina berth holders the end of a long-awaited return to their craft after a roller coaster of lockdown, opening up and lockdown again over the past year. In Harbour Master…
Wakame or Japanese kelp in Greystones Harbour in County Wicklow
Scientists from NUI Galway and Seasearch Ireland are asking divers and marina users to keep an eye out for Undaria pinnatifida, commonly known as Wakame or Japanese kelp. This species was first recorded in Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland in 2012,…
Artemis Technologies has unveiled the world's most advanced marine simulator at its base in Northern Ireland. Pictured, from left, Philip Crain, Real-Time Simulation Manager and Dr Iain Percy OBE, CEO
Belfast Lough based Artemis Technologies, which is leading a programme to develop a new class of zero-emission high-speed vessels, has unveiled the world's most advanced marine simulator in Northern Ireland. The simulator represents a multi-million-pound investment over the past decade…
File image of the Stena Horizon in older livery, on approach to Rosslare Harbour
A mother and daughter were hospitalised after going overboard from a ferry in Belfast Lough on Thursday evening (25 February). As BBC News reports, the pair were rescued from the water by emergency response crews from the Stena Horizon and…
Racing at a previous edition of Bangor Town Regatta
Northern Ireland's biggest sailing event, Bangor Town Regatta, scheduled for June has been cancelled due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. The Belfast Lough biennial event has sadly joined the queue of cancelled sailing events this year. Chairman of the BTR Organising…
Artemis Technologies Chief Operations Officer, Professor Mark Gillan
Staff numbers at Artemis Technologies, which is leading a Belfast Lough-based consortium to decarbonise maritime, are expected to almost treble to 70 by the end of 2021 and rise to 100 by this time next year. It is part of…
An artist's impression of the Queen's Parade regeneration at Bangor
Queen's Parade on the seafront in Bangor on Belfast Lough has been largely derelict for well over twenty years. But just this week the Ards and North Down Borough Council approved a £50m scheme for large scale redevelopment of the…
Coastguard Issues Warning After Surfer Close to Belfast Lough Ferry Prompts Rescue Attempt
Bangor Coastguard has issued a warning after a surfer was spotted close to an inbound Stena ferry in Belfast Lough on Monday (25 January) as Afloat reported earlier here. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, a team from Bangor Coastguard kept…
The workboat will have a cruising speed of 25 kts, a top speed of over 30 kts, and an impressive range of 60 NM at cruising speed.
Belfast Lough based Artemis Technologies has moved to the next phase in the development of its Artemis eFoilerTM electric propulsion system, announcing plans to launch a technology demonstrator in 2021. Announced by Artemis Technologies COO, Prof. Mark Gillan, during a…

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