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Ballyholme Yacht Club Boasts of 110–Day Racing Season
#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
#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
#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…
Carrickfergus Castle Dig Makes History On Belfast Lough's Shores
#BelfastLough - Eight hundred years of history on the shores of Belfast Lough have come to light thanks to a new archaeological dig at Carrickfergus Castle. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, the fortification dates from Anglo-Norman times and is the…
Giant 'Dolphin' Oil Rig Not Leaving Ulster Just Yet
#OilRig – The Newsletter reports that the industrial behemoth that is an oil rig at Harland & Wolff, is set to remain as part of the skyline of Belfast for a number of weeks to come. As previously reported on…
New Year Honour for NI 'Sailability' Stalwart
#BelfastLough - A former vice chair of Belfast Lough Sailability made Britain's New Year Honours list for her services to sailing for people with disabilities. As the Carrick Times reports, Geraldine Duggan will receive a British Empire Medal for her…
Belfast Harbour Trade Figures 'In The Black'
#BelfastHarbour -Belfast Harbour's trade rose by 16% during 2013 with record tonnages of almost 23 million passing through the port. Over half the increase, 1.7m tonnes, was fuelled by an increase of over 150% in coal imports. This reflects a…
Belfast Harbour Plans Expansion Into Lough
#BelfastLough - Some 60 acres (25 hectares) would be reclaimed from Belfast Lough under ambitious proposals to expand Belfast Harbour that have been lodged with planning authorities. BBC News reports on the three-year scheme planned for the seaward end of…
Repairs Start on Belfast's Warship Caroline
#WWICruiser –Repairs to vital weatherproofing have started on HMS Caroline in advance of major restorative work to turn the famous World War One fighting ship as previously reported into a floating museum in Belfast. It came dangerously close to sinking…
Belfast 400 Years of Maritime History Exhibition
#Belfast400 – Belfast's 400 years of maritime history is being recognized with a new exhibition. The News Letter which has more reports that the new heritage space 'A Port that Built A City' in Belfast Harbour details the city's emergence…
Belfast Harbour Achieves High Standards in 'Green' Survey
#GreenPort – Once again Belfast Harbour has been named as one of Northern Ireland's top 'green' companies in a major environmental survey. The harbour scored the second highest marks and was awarded Platinum quintile status in this year's NI Environmental…
Giant 360ft Oil Rig Arrives in Belfast from Brazil For Refurbishment
#OilRig- As previously reported a giant offshore drilling platform standing 360ft high has made its way from Brazil to Northern Ireland for maintenance, before being redeployed to the North Sea. The Belfast Telegraph which has more on this story writes…
Belfast Barge is Lagan Legacy to City’s Maritime and Industrial Past
#BelfastBarge – Dublin Docklands has the M.V. Cill Airne, the floating restaurant and bar venue however are you aware of The Belfast Barge and its maritime museum, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Lagan Legacy's Barge bears a precious cargo with the…
Harland and Wolff Recruit 600 Temporary Jobs for Giant Oil Rig Refurbishment
#OilRig – Harland & Wolff are to recruit 600 skilled tradesmen to work on one of the biggest oil rigs to be refurbished in Belfast. According to the Belfast Telegraph which has more on this story, the giant offshore drilling…
Naming Ceremony Marks Second Tug for New Belfast Port Towage Operator
#NewTUGS - The tug Masterman was named at a ceremony in Belfast Port last week, the event marks the second tug for SMS Towage Ltd which launched a new towage service in early October, writes Jehan Ashmore. The entry of…
'White Handkerchief' Story Is A Blast From Belfast Lough's Past
#BelfastLough - The Carrickfergus Times has unearthed a dramatic rescue story from Belfast Lough's long maritime heritage. As the Larne Times reported 61 years ago, Jack Smith has set off in his new motorboat from Belfast headed to Coleraine when…

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