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John Minnis, successful First 31.7 campaigner in Irish and Scottish waters   
We can only hope that next week's up-grading of our sailing from training events to official racing will hold up through a steadily developing season, despite the many challenges to continuing emergence from the pandemic. If it does, then when…
Simon Locke, the former Head of Manufacturing at Dyson, has been appointed by Artemis Technologies as the company’s new Director of Manufacturing
Artemis Technologies, based in Belfast Harbour, has appointed Simon Locke, the former Head of Manufacturing at Dyson, as the company’s new Director of Manufacturing. Simon was a founding member of the team that created Dyson’s revolutionary digital motor and will…
From left to right: A/Sgt Morton, Belfast Harbour Police,  Stephen Tate, Community Development Officer - Belfast City Council, Rob Geraghty, Head of Land Discipline - LSAR and Brooke Garrett, Head of Medical Discipline - LSAR
Lagan Search and Rescue and Officers of the Belfast Harbour Police took part recently in Dementia Action week with Awareness training delivered by Belfast City Council on behalf of the Alzheimer's Society Northern Ireland to equip both volunteers and Officers…
Possible ordnance near Crawfordsburn Beach east of Bangor on the Belfast Lough coast turned out to be a rusted fire extinguisher
It was multi shout four days for Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team on Belfast Lough when they covered calls some of which resulted in rescue action. On Thursday (20th) the team attended a yacht offshore reported to have a broken mast…
The Snipe Ranger under restoration on 10th May 2021
Snipes, the feathered sort, inhabit wetlands and lakes but in Ireland the breed is on the Red List, meaning it is of high conservation concern. Snipe dinghies (the wooden version) were common in Northern Ireland from the 1930s till the…
The Prince of Wales finished the visit by unveiling a celebratory plaque marking the 160th anniversary of Harland & Wolff.
Harland & Wolff, the iconic shipyard on Belfast Lough with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree, welcomed The Prince of Wales on 18 May 2021 to mark its 160th anniversary. Arriving at Harland & Wolff (Belfast), His Royal…
The RUYC Belfast Lough to Strangford race start
It could be construed as an encouraging sign that half of the twelve-boat entry for the inaugural Royal Ulster Yacht Club on Belfast Lough to Strangford Lough Race was from that destination. Boats from the local fleet which would have…
Royal Ulster Yacht Club's Opening Day will be on Saturday 1st May with racing around 1pm
It has been a long time coming. Royal Ulster's Opening Day will be on Saturday 1st May. Although this is an annual event, it will have its own particular difficulties this year due to the Covid restrictions. Opening Day is…
Belfast Harbour is to invest £2.5m in the refurbishment of the Victoria Terminal 1 ferry berth. The project is to renew and modernize the terminal infrastructure, extending its life span for a further 25 years. To facilitate these works the Stena line Belfast-Heysham service will operate from Ballast Quay Terminal during the summer period.
Plans announced by Belfast Harbour is to see a full refurbishment of the Victoria Terminal 1 Roll-on Roll-off ferry berth this summer. The terminal is from where Stena Line operate their Belfast-Heysham freight service. The programme of work, which represents…
Lagan S&R is an independent Lifeboat covering the seaward River Lagan and Belfast Lough
The Sunday Life recently highlighted the decision by Downtown Radio Star Neil McClelland to support Lagan Search & Rescue. Lagan S&R is an independent Lifeboat covering the seaward River Lagan and Belfast Lough; It relies on the generosity and support…
The eight WTG jacket foundations will principally be conducted at Harland and Wolff’s newly acquired Methil facilities in Scotland
Harland & Wolff, the iconic shipyard with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree has announced it has been awarded a contract by Saipem Limited for the fabrication and load-out of eight wind turbine generator (WTG) jacket foundations.…
Harland & Wolff Shipyard was founded on April 11 1861
Harland & Wolff, the national strategic asset, with four leading shipyards and fabrication facilities based in Belfast, Appledore, and Scotland is proud to be celebrating its 160th anniversary. Founded on April 11 1861 by Sir Edward James Harland and Gustav…
Belfast Coastguard Operations Centre Hoax Call
Coastguard and Lifeboat rescue teams have been extremely busy over the Easter Weekend and of course, answer distress calls without hesitation. But Belfast Coastguard Operations Centre has reported a hoax call. Both Bangor and Portaferry Coastguard Rescue Teams were tasked…
Ballyholme YC Commodore Aidan Pounder took an early morning open water swim in Ballyhomle Bay
Even the weather played ball for the Return to Water at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough this Easter weekend. And there was no shortage of members keen to get afloat. Commodore Aidan Pounder kicked the day off with an…
Ian O'Meara of Viking Marine with some tips for keeping sailing gear clear of salt water damage
 It isn't an April Fool! Thursday will be to Bangor Marina berth holders the end of a long-awaited return to their craft after a roller coaster of lockdown, opening up and lockdown again over the past year. In Harbour Master…
Wakame or Japanese kelp in Greystones Harbour in County Wicklow
Scientists from NUI Galway and Seasearch Ireland are asking divers and marina users to keep an eye out for Undaria pinnatifida, commonly known as Wakame or Japanese kelp. This species was first recorded in Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland in 2012,…

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