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Harland & Wolff Appoints New Director of Ship & Offshore Unit Repair
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#H&Wdirector- Harland & Wolff Heavy Industries has appointed James Lappin as the new Director of Ship & Offshore Unit Repair. The new position will involve total responsibility for developing and growing the Belfast company's business in this sector and execution…
Cruise Belfast's Bumper Cruise Season to Include Biggest Ever Cruiseship Caller
Belfast Lough
#CruiseBelfast- Belfast Harbour's bumper cruise season is to have a total of 61 callers this year, among them the largest cruiseship ever to visit the port, the newbuild Royal Princess which has a capacity of 3,600 passengers, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Northern Ireland Restricted Keelboat Racing Association (NIRKRA) Crowns New King
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#nikra – Despite the horrendous weather which had encircled Northern Ireland last weekend a tiny window opened to allow the August "Challenge" races of the Northern Ireland Restricted Keelboat Racing Association (NIRKRA) to proceed on Belfast Lough. A Bangor bay…
Royal Navy Warship HMS Duncan Visits Belfast
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#BelfastLough - The Belfast Telegraph reports on the weekend visit to Belfast Lough paid by the Royal Navy's latest warship HMS Duncan. Along with Dundee in eastern Scotland, Belfast is an adoptive city of the 152m-long vessel, which docked at…
Harland & Wolff £3.8m Loss, Despite Blip Remains Optimistic
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#H&Wlosses - Harland & Wolff, the shipbuilder-turned renewable energy giant manufacturer, suffered a £3.8m loss in 2013, according to newly-filed results. Directors have said that the "very unsatisfactory" results were down to escalating project costs, leading to a review of…
Titanic Pump House to be Revamped as HMS Caroline Visitor Centre
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#TitanicPumpHouse – The Belfast Telegraph writes that the historic pump-house that was used for the dock in which the RMS Titanic was built, is to be transformed into a visitor centre for HMS Caroline. The listed building is the subject…
Giant Oil Rig Black Dolphin Finally to Depart Belfast's Skyline
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#GiantOilRig – A giant oil-rig the Blackford Dolphin, which was initially only supposed to be in Belfast for a six-week refurbishment, is to finally depart Belfast today after six months dominating the city's skyline. As previously reported on Afloat.ie,  the…
Barred 'Toxic Fire' Cargo Ship May Soon Have Permission To Dock At Belfast
Belfast Lough
#BelfastLough - A cargo ship that's been at anchor at the mouth of Belfast Lough for weeks may be allowed to dock at the harbour in the coming days, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. The grain transporter Voge Fantasy was…
Belfast Harbour’s £250m City Quays Masterplan Awarded Approval
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#BelfastCityQuays - A £250m, 20-acre Belfast city quays development proposed by Belfast Harbour with outline planning permission has been awarded approval. The water-side development will be office led and also include retail, residential, a hotel and a car park. Welcoming…
Record Trading As Profits Soar At Belfast Harbour
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#Belfast - Belfast Harbour is reporting a profit of £26 million (€32 million) in 2013, a whopping 42% rise on the previous year. The Belfast Telegraph reports that a record increase in the trade of coal, stones, scrap and animal…
H&W Prepares to Say Farewell to Giant Oil Platform
Belfast Lough
#GiantOilRig- Work is now nearing completion at Harland & Wolff which has been carrying out specialised emergency work on one of the world's biggest oil platforms, the Irish News has confirmed. Depending on the tides in Belfast lough, the 360-foot…
Harland and Wolff Samson Gantry Breaks World Record
Belfast Lough
#SamsonsWorldRecord - The Belfast Telegraph reports that Harland and Wolff has broken a world record at the Belfast shipyard - by performing the world's heaviest single point WaterLoad test As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the massive Samson gantry which was…
Race to Complete Extra Work on Giant Oil Rig Blackford Dolphin by June
Belfast Lough
#GiantOilRig – A giant oil rig, initially set for a whistle-stop 60-day renovation project in Belfast, will now see the Blackford Dolphin remain in the city's docks until June. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Blackford Dolphin, a 360ft high…
Ballyholme Yacht Club Boasts of 110–Day Racing Season
Belfast Lough
#ballyholmeyc – Can any other Irish club boast over 110 days of racing this year? Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough has been awarded the 2014 RYA NI Youth National championships to add to its already full calendar with the F18…
What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor? Send Him Home, Says Judge In Belfast
Belfast Lough
#BelfastLough - The Belfast Telegraph reports that a Russian sailor found drunk in charge of a ship in Belfast Lough has been given a 12-month conditional discharge by Belfast Magistrates Court - and will now be sacked from his post…
Harland & Wolff Carving a Niche in Offshore Energy and Renewables Market
Belfast Lough
#GiantFPSO - Work on another oil rig completed by Harland & Wolff in 2012 had helped clinch the multi-million pound Blackford Dolphin deal, writes The Belfast Telegraph. One thousand workers helped completed the one-month project on the SeaRose FPSO "floating…

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