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Evacuation at Harland & Wolff After Small Fire of Oil Rig
#OilRigFire – An evacuation of more than 300 factory workers had to be carried out from an oil rig at Harland and Wolff after a small fire broke out during welding operations. Harland and Wolff said local emergency services were…
UK Towage Firm with Belfast Operations Leads Push On Workboat Safety
#WorkboatSafety - SMS Towage which has towage operations in Belfast Harbour is spearheading an industry drive to create a new national workboat safety standard across the UK. The Hessle-based business expanded its towage operations to Belfast in 2013 as previously reported…
Art Exhibition Explores Life of Harland & Wolff Docker
#[email protected] - Titanic Belfast will be of special interest to anyone with family connections to Harland and Wolff Shipyard as there is a solo art exhibition underway. Entitled 'Queen's Island, the ships and the people', it features around 50 paintings…
S.S. Nomadic Taken Over by Titanic Belfast
#TitanicsTender - The tender, SS Nomadic built alongside Titanic at Harland and Wolff shipyards, carried first and second-class passengers from Cherbourg onto the liner as she embarked on its maiden voyage. According to Belfast Live, the SS Nomadic is being…
Belfast Harbour’s New Chairman Sets Out Vision for Port
#NewChairman - Belfast Harbour has a new chairman, David Dobbin, who has been on the port's board from 2012, made his first statement since his appointment last month. Taking the helm of the harbour's new pilot boat, built by local…
Belfast Lough Bird Reserve Reopens Tomorrow
#BelfastLough - Belfast's Window on Wildlife is the new name for the RSPB's nature reserve on Belfast Lough, which reopens tomorrow (Wednesday 18 February). As Birdwatch reports, the opening comes after an extensive refurbishment project that will allow visitors to…
Belfast Harbour ‘Bulked-Up’ by Record Tonnage Growth
#RecordTonnage - Belfast Harbour trade figures reveal that the port handled a record 23 million tonnes during 2014, up 46% since the recession's low point in 2009. Overall tonnages rose by 1.6%, driven by strong growth in bulk cargo which…
Byford Dolphin Oil Rig Arrives In Belfast For Refit
#ByfordDolphin - Oil rig Byford Dolphin finally arrived in Belfast for her refit at the weekend, spelling a significant jobs boost for the city's port. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the contract to dry-dock and survey the rig – sister to…
New Signings Boost NI Restricted Keelboat Racing Association (NIRKRA)
Since its formation in the early days of 2014 the Northern Ireland Restricted Keelboat Racing Association (NIRKRA) has made significant strides around and beyond the waters of Belfast Lough writes Tom Jobling. The class claims It is the fastest growing…
Harland & Wolff Awarded Rig Contract Amid Strong Recruitment Drive
#RigContract -  Harland and Wolff (H&W) has announced a contract to dry dock and provide a Renewal / Special Periodic Survey of the rig Byford Dolphin. The contract of the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU) was from Aberdeen-based Dolphin Drilling…
Belfast Lough Sailability Hails Community Fundraising
#BelfastLough - Antrim-based charity Belfast Lough Sailability has underscored the importance of community fundraising to its cause, as the Carrick Times reports. The training organisation for sailors with disabilities, which is currently seeking more volunteers to assist in its teaching…
Belfast Lough Sailability Seeks More Volunteers For Training
#BelfastLough - Belfast Lough Sailability is on the lookout for new volunteers to assist in its sail training efforts for people with disabilities. As highlighted in the Carrick Times recently, the Northern Irish charity regularly runs training sessions from its…
Boutique Hotel A Step Closer for Titanic Quarter
#BoutiqueHotel - In the Titanic Quarter, a luxury hotel employing 75 people, has come a step closer, it can be revealed reports the Belfast Telegraph. The flagship 84-bedroom four-star 'boutique' development will be based at the old Harland & Wolff…
Highest Score Awarded to Belfast Harbour in Northern Ireland ‘Green’ Survey
#GreenAward – The highest scoring level of platinum status has been achieved by Belfast Harbour, in this year's Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey. Now in its sixteenth year, the Survey, generated by Business in the Community's ARENA Network campaign and…
Planning Granted for Belfast Harbour’s City Quays 2
#BelfastCityQuays2 – Following planning permission work is begin on a Belfast Harbour led development that forms part of wider £250m City Quays scheme as previously reported on Afloat.ie. The work on the site of City Quays 2 an office development…
NATO Minehunters To Make Bold Display In Belfast Lough
#BelfastLough - A fleet of eight NATO minehunters is set to make a bold display in Belfast Lough tomorrow morning (Friday 17 October). As the Ballymena Times reports, the ships and their international crews - part of the Standing NATO…

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