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Overall Prize Winners at the Belfast Lough Autumn Series sponsored by Mackey Opticians
Belfast Lough
The Mackey Opticians sponsored Belfast Lough Autumn Series came to a sad finale yesterday with Storm Brian hanging around long enough to put paid to the morning's racing. Race Officer Ruan O'Tiarnaigh had hoped to run two races as the…
Paul Grant of Stena Line is pictured on stage at the Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards, receiving the award for ‘Best Ferry Company’ from David Boyce of category sponsor Tourism Ireland. Also pictured is the host for the evening, TV Presenter Alexander Armstrong.
Ferry
#ferryaward - After winning a top ferry company award, Stena Line celebrated a record-breaking 25th time at the annual Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards. The ‘Best Ferry Company’ award was presented to Paul Grant, Stena Line’s Trade Director, Irish…
The port estate of Belfast Harbour from where the IOMSPCo are to remain operating ferry services connecting the Isle of Man
Ferry
#ferrynews - Plans to overhaul ferry services between Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man have been dropped writes BBC News after a three-week public consultation. The Steam Packet Company had considered re-routing sailings (as previously reported on Afloat) to…
The UK's Royal Navy's newest 'City' class / Type 26 frigate which has been described as a Global Combat Ship will be called HMS Belfast. The original HMS Belfast a battle cruiser that took part in the Normandy beaches in 1944 has since for many years served as a visitor attraction on the Thames, London.
Belfast Lough
#NewHMSbelfast - One of the newest warships for the Royal Navy is to be called HMS Belfast writes The Irish News.  Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon made the announcement as his visited Harland and Wolff shipyard in the city, where…
in this file photo taken earlier this year are initial construction stages of City Quays 2 development. Afloat adds that along the quay is where the old Isle of Man Steam Packet ferry terminal was located. In the background to the right of the tower under construction are the Belfast Harbour Commissioners headquarters.
Belfast Lough
#belfastlough - Belfast Harbour Commissioners has announced that ITV Broadcasting, owners of UTV are the latest tenant for its new £250 million City Quays 2 office development. City Quays 2 is a new office led development of 20 acres on…
File photo: On the left is a structure under construction at the Dong Energy site at Harland & Wolff where other renewable energy firms are engaged with manufacturing at the facility in Belfast.
Power From the Sea
#powerfromthesea - Harland and Wolff, the former giant of shipbuilding in Belfast is meeting demands from new contracts and is currently hiring a range of staff, it has emerged. As the Belfast Telegraph writes, the marine and engineering firm is…
Regal Princess makes a dawn arrival in Belfast Port this morning. The giant cruiseship at 330m is the longest such ship this season to call to the city.
Cruise Liners
#cruiseliners - The biggest cruiseship to call to Belfast Harbour this year docked in the port this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. The impressive Regal Princess at 330m had berthed at Stormont Wharf Extension which is just 20m longer. The extension…
The UK's Royal Navy whose biggest ever ship, HMS Queen Elizabeth (above on the Solent) was built in blocks in six British locations, before being assembled in Rosyth, Scotland. Afloat adds among the yards involved was Babcock Marine's Appledore yard in Bideford, Devon which is currently constructing a fourth OPV90 class for the Irish Naval Service which is to be named LE George Bernard Shaw.
Belfast Lough
#belfastlough- A multimillion-pound fleet of new warships writes The Belfast Telegraph could be built in blocks across several shipyards in Britain, including Belfast, the Defence Secretary has announced. While tender is open for selection for the build, Harland and Wolff…
The enormous Caribbean Princess docked at Belfast Harbour. The Grand Glass cruise liner is due for another visit to Belfast on 22 August, plus two more stopovers in September
Cruise Liners
#CruiseLiners - Belfast Harbour has submitted a planning application for a new cruise liner berth at Belfast Lough, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. Belfast city councillors are this week expected to discuss the proposals for a £15 million (€16.5 million)…
Donaghdee Lifeboat
RNLI Lifeboats
Volunteers from Donaghadee and Bangor RNLI were requested to launch their lifeboats this evening (Thursday 3 August) after a group of dinghy sailors got into difficulty off the County Down coast. The inshore lifeboat from Bangor and the all-weather lifeboat…
Belfast Lough was the destination for a 14–boat CAI Summer Cruise
Cruising
The Cruising Association of Ireland held its summer cruise to Belfast Lough in early July 2017. Fourteen boats comprising over forty sailors of varying ages gathered in Bangor Marina, County Down and were welcomed there by David Meeke and Betty…
The famous yellow cranes of Harland & Wolff
Belfast Lough
#BelfastLough - The Belfast Telegraph writes that Harland & Wolff has reduced dozens of staff in an "unacceptable" year amid "difficult market conditions" which saw sales collapse and the firm posting massive losses of £6m. The former Belfast shipbuilder, which…
Two new Stormforce 1650s like one above are now in service in Belfast Harbour
Marine Trade
#PilotBoats - Belfast Harbour has completed its £2 million deal with Redbay Boats for two new pilot boats to service the city’s busy waterfront, as The Irish News reports. Already on service is the Captain Michael Evans named after the…
The rare lighthouse optic will shine over Belfast's waterfront as ‘The Great Light’ thanks to £332k in UK Lottery heritage funding
Lighthouses
#MewIslandOptic - The Titanic Foundation has secured funding to restore the famous Mew Island Optic for installation at Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. Plans have been in motion of more than a year to display the rare lighthouse lens on the city’s…
Cargo & Investments Boost Belfast Harbour To Record Profits
Ports & Shipping
#BelfastHarbour - Belfast Harbour’s latest annual report shows a record €36.6 million in profits, according to The Irish Times. The 12% rise in operating profits in 2016 comes with a 7% increase in turnover within the same 12-month period to…
Russian frigate Shtandart will stand tall in Belfast after wowing the crowds in Drogheda last weekend
Maritime Festivals
#TallShips - This year’s Belfast Maritime Festival kicks off tomorrow (Friday 16 June) with a chance to climb aboard some of the visiting tall ship flotilla, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. The Phoenix, Earl of Pembroke and Kaskelot welcome visitors…

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