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Participants in the Frances Thornton Memorial swim in 2016
Close to 130 hardy souls will take to the waters of Galway Bay tomorrow (Saturday 20 July) for the 14th annual Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim. As previously reported on, the early sell-out event is one of Ireland’s…
Turnover in Belfast Harbour up 11 per cent to £68.8 million as trade rises by 900,000 tonnes year on year. AFLOAT adds CMA-CGM's containership Nicolas Delmas berthed in the port close to the VT4 Terminal for Stena Line's service to Cairnryan, Scotland.
A record 24.6 million tonnes of trade was handled in Belfast Harbour for the first time in its 400-year history last year, latest financial accounts show. Trade increased by 900,000 tonnes year on year, which The Irish Times reports has…
‘Business As Usual’ At Harland & Wolff As Owner Says It’s Filing For Bankruptcy
Harland and Wolff’s Norwegian majority owner has announced it will file for bankruptcy — but the Belfast shipyard says business will continue as usual, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. The move comes after Dolphin Drilling ASA, formerly Fred Olsen Energy,…
The former Drawing Office at the Titanic Hotel, Belfast. Afloat adds they are the oldest part of the former shipyard buildings that date from the Victorian era when Edward Harland and Gustav Wolff were the principal designers.
The Titanic Hotel in Belfast has been awarded the title of 'Northern Ireland's Leading Hotel 2019' at the World Travel Awards.  The hotel writes The Belfast Telegraph was given the award at a ceremony in Madeira, Portugal on Sunday evening.…
The oil terminal jetty at Cloghan Point south of Whitehead, Co Antrim
Locals in Whitehead, Co Antrim have been vocal in their opposition to plans that would see the oil terminal at Cloghan Point upgraded to a large-scale distribution hub, as Belfast Live reports. LCC Group, the company behind the Go petrol…
Mexican sail training tall ship Cuauhtémoc is in Belfast this weekend
Mexican tall ship Cuauhtémoc is the star attraction at the Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival which continues till tomorrow, Monday 27 May. The sail training ship is among the host of vessels — including Naval Service OPV LÉ Samuel Beckett —…
£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, 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…
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…

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