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#ArcticBelfast - As previously reported on Afloat’s Ferry News, this week Belfast Port had an eighth Stena vessel docked in the harbour which today marks 20 years of ferry operations, writes Jehan Ashmore. Easily the largest ship is Stena Arctica…
#Sailability - Belfast Lough Sailability has added three new boats to its fleet, as the Carrick Times reports. The 2.4 Olympic class boats Peg and Skye and the Hawk 20’ day sailor keel boat Arica were officially named in a…
#NewBelfastTug – One of the largest UK independent harbour tug firms, SMS Towage has taken delivery of another tug for its Belfast operations last month.  The new ASD (azimuth stern drive) tug to Belfast brings the overall investment in the…
There was some dramatic sailing on the final day of the Belfast Lough Autumn Series. Whilst many of the first Class prizes in the series had already been decided, this didn't stop those behind trying their hardest to make a…
Sunday afternoon saw the second race of the Lisglass Builders Icebreakers Series with a wide range of dinghies across all classes. The Topper class is still depleted with squad training going on elsewhere but it was good to see Freya…
Charlie West–Hurst's Mumbo Jumbo won their first race of the Belfast Lough Autumn Keelboat Series last Sunday morning, finishing just behind the other NIRKRA competitors to win on handicap. This was the fourth different winner in as many weeks with…
#NavyHospital - One the largest and most unusual military vessels in the world came home to Belfast for the weekend and where sea cadets had a tour, according to the Belfast Telegraph. The RFA Argus (A135) will be a feature…
#NewCruiseVisitor – Belfast Harbour which expects 115,000 cruise-goers by end of season, welcomed a first time visitor this morning, the new Mein Schiff 4 which operates in the premium –German cruise market for TUI Cruises, writes Jehan Ashmore. Mein Schiff…
Government Wanted to Shut H&W Yard, but Thatcher Was Warned it Would Wreck Peace
#1987Govfiles - Northern Ireland state papers dating from 1987 reveal of plans by the Government to shut down Harland and Wolff in the 1980s, that risked throwing the peace process into turmoil, civil servants warned, reports the Belfast Telegraph. They…
Google Maps Omits Harland & Wolff's Goliath Crane
#MissingCrane! – Standing nearly 100m tall and weighing 840 tonnes, Goliath has been part of the east Belfast skyline since 1969, but it seems the crane has been overlooked by Google Maps. BBC news writes that the crane is one…
Future Sale Won't Affect Belfast Harbour Trade Says Director
#BelfastHarbour - Belfast Harbour's "robust" trade will not be affected by any potential future sale, its commercial director has told BBC News. Joe O'Neill says the currently publicly owned harbour is run "very much in a private sector mode today...…
Antrim Man Searches For Spot Where Ancestor Died In 19th-Century Sailing Tragedy
#BelfastLough - An Antrim man has unravelled the mystery behind the death of an ancestor while sailing on Belfast Lough more than 130 years ago. As the Carrick Times reports, the Bryan family has long known that Matthew Shanks died…
Hansa 303 Irish Championship 2015 at Belfast Lough Sailability & Carrickfergus Sailing Club
#belfastlough – During two days stolen from this summer's weather, Belfast Lough Sailability and Carrickfergus Sailing Club ran the Hansa 303 Irish Championship 2015 off Carrickfergus, Belfast Lough over the weekend 1 & 2 August. Competitors with their supporters and…
As Tall Ships Visit Belfast Harbour Reports Strong Financial Performance
#StrongGrowth - Against the backdrop of 500,000 visitors to Belfast's Tall Ships Festival in the port area, Belfast Harbour has reported record profits and turnover, and committed to invest £120 million in new infrastructure projects over the next three years.…
Belfast’s £5m Lagan Weir Bridge Opens
#NewLaganBridge - A new bridge across the River Lagan in Belfast reports UTV News has been opened by Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey MLA.  Connecting Donegall Quay with Queen's Quay the new Lagan Weir Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge replaces the…
In the Black As H&W Post Pre-Tax Profit of £8.7m
#H&Wprofits – Returning to the black as Harland & Wolff have posted pre-tax profits of £8.7m following huge losses just a year earlier. The Belfast shipyard clawed back its profits by opening up business across a range of areas after…

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