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Bangor Sea Cadets after a Royal Navy parade
Among the craft in Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough who have made it their home since it opened thirty years ago, are the rowing boats belonging to the Bangor Sea Cadet Unit, T S Decoy. Their shore base is an…
The iconic Harland and Wolff cranes
Shipyard Harland and Wolff in Belfast Harbour has secured a £2m (€2.35m) asset backed term debt facility. Funds raised writes Independent.ie, will be used for working capital purposes, according to a statement from InfraStrata, the company which agreed to buy…
Belfast-Harbour
For the second year running the Port of Belfast trade tonnages handled during 2019 have remained strong at more than 24M tonnes. Positive growth was recorded in several sectors including Roll-on / Roll-Off (Ro-Ro) freight vehicles and exports of aggregates,…
Bangor Regeneration (Pictured-L-R) Mayor of Ards and North Down Communities Alderman Bill Keery, Deirdre-Hargey MLA and Aran Blackbourne from Bangor Marine Ltd
The regeneration of the waterfront in Bangor as detailed on 25th November in Afloat.ie, reached another crucial stage in its progress when the developer Bangor Marine Ltd. submitted a comprehensive planning application for the site at Queen’s Parade and Marine…
Keith Storey was the 'mug of the day' winner at the Icebreaker Sprint on Belfast Lough
Ballyholme Yacht Club was one of the first to organise winter sailing on Belfast Lough way back in the seventies. It’s called the Icebreaker and in the past, it has indeed at times involved breaking ice on boat cover. The…
The Great Light is a curved glass interpretive structure designed to resemble a lighthouse lantern room
At the end of the 500 metre Titanic Walkway which connects the Titanic and Olympic Slipways to the Alexandra Dock in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, proudly sits The Great Light, a curved glass interpretive structure designed to resemble a lighthouse lantern…
Artemis Technologies CEO Iain Percy (right) with Adrian Doyle of the Odyssey Trust
A high-performance Belfast maritime design firm could work with ship repair and engineering firm Harland & Wolff in the future, its chief executive has said. Iain Percy, a double Olympic gold medallist and chief executive of Artemis Technologies (see: previous story),…
The Danica Hav docked in Gdansk, Poland in 2016
A captain found drunk in charge of his ship in Belfast docks has been fined £500, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. Fifty-eight-year-old Oleg Okolobvich was arrested after fellow crew were forced to step in to avoid the cargo vessel Danica…
The Seabird aka Citizen Sea
If you go down the ramp to the pontoons in Bangor Marina you couldn’t miss the impressive vessel sitting to your right. She’s the Seabird, Northern Ireland’s first sea-going boat-based environmental charity known as 'Citizen Sea', supported by Ards and…
S.S. Nomadic, the purpose built White Star liner tender which AFLOAT adds served out of Cherbourg, France,  is preserved as a static museum attraction that forms part of Titanic Belfast centre
So it's full steam ahead at one of Ireland's most popular visitor attractions as profits at Titanic Belfast increased last year by 63% to £4.2m. According to the Belfast Telegraph, in the 12 months to the end of last March, more…
Julian Cooke and Jackie Patton sailing a 505 in Ballyholme Bay in 1985
Jackie Patton, chair of RYANI and Donaghadee Sailing Club member, is on a mission. She used to crew a 505 and along with Thomas Anderson, ex 505 helmsman and crew and past Commodore of Royal North of Ireland YC, is…
An archive photo of the Pickie-to-Pier race prize giving. David McCullough (second-right-front-row) with the Lyttle Trophy
Today you couldn’t swim across Bangor Bay on Belfast Lough without skirting the Marina but from 1910 till the 80s the ‘Pickie to Pier’ annual sea swim saw many participants taking part in the 650-metre race from Skippingstone Beach, beside…
Junior Icebreaker winners at Balyholme Yacht Club
Olympian Matt McGovern returned for the final race of part one of the Icebreaker Series on Belfast Lough and showed enough class and speed in the very light winds to show the rest of the Laser fleet the way home.…
Bangor Town Regatta is expecting 60 yachts for the 2020 edition on June 25th
Bangor Town Regatta on Belfast Lough hopes to attract more than 60 boats and build on the success of the 2018 event, the formal launch of the regatta was told writes Betty Armstrong. Charles Hurst Jaguar Land Rover is the…
Chris Welsh's Super Falcon submarine where the plan to take piloted expeditions to the deepest point in each of the world’s five oceans
It’s a long way from Ballyholme near Bangor to Sugardock in Point Richmond on San Francisco Bay writes Betty Armstrong. But James Espey has made the leap and works as boat captain for Chris Welsh, among whose job titles are…
Artemis Technologies CEO Iain Percy OBE, right, joins Jonas Pederson, Managing Director at Tuco Marine, to announce a Joint Venture that will produce the world’s first zero emissions workboat
Artemis Technologies, the world’s leading high-performance maritime design and applied technologies company, will collaborate with Tuco Marine Group to integrate its new electric eFoiler propulsion system into an 11m carbon fibre vessel. This will serve as a demonstrator vessel as…

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