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Belfast Lough Bird Reserve Reopens Tomorrow
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#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
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#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
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#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)
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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
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#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
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#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
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#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
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#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
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#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
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#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
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…
Harland & Wolff Appoint New Director of Fabrication
Belfast Lough
#H&Wappointment – Harland & Wolff Heavy Industries has appointment Jonathan Guest as Director of Fabrication, of the Belfast based ship repairer, conversion, engineering and renewable energy manufacturer. Guest's appointed to the Board of H&W, will see him have responsibility for…
Former Belfast Ferry Terminal Transformed for Film ‘High Rise’
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#FilmHighRise- A former Belfast Harbour ferry terminal has been transformed for the film 'High Rise' set in a 1970s apartment block. According to Belfast Harbour, the filming at the disused Stena Line terminal at Ballast Quay involved the creation of…
Belfast Giants: Another Rig Is Just Here for Parking
Belfast Lough
#BelfastGiants - Belfast City residents and those living alongside the lough may have noticed a new hulk which sailed into the city recently, reports the News Letter. A large oil rig, called the Borgny Dolphin, has docked at Harland and…
Boat Naming Ceremony for Carrickfergus-Based Disabled Sailing Charity, Belfast Lough Sailability
Belfast Lough
#sailability – Weather presenter Cecilia Daly performed a weather-themed boat naming ceremony at Carrickfergus at the weekend for a new member of the Belfast Lough Sailability flotilla which was funded by The Lloyds Bank Foundation for Northern Ireland, and Sainsburys.…
NI Minister Greenlights Belfast Harbour Expansion
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#BelfastHarbour - 4NI reports that Northern Ireland Environment Minister Mark Durkan has granted planning permission for a 60-acre extension to Belfast Harbour. The expansion for port-related uses goes hand in hand with last year's announcement of Ireland's first dedicated cruise…

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