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Added Celebration as Profits Jump in Year of Belfast Harbour’s 400th Anniversary
#BelfastHarbour – In 2012 Belfast Harbour recorded a jump in profits resulting from investment in deep-water facilities and new Stena Line ferries, writes The Irish Independent. Revenues at the port company, which is celebrating its 400th anniversary, were £39m in…
H&W Group Enjoy Successful Recovery
#BelfastLough – Belfast's Harland and Wolff Group (H&W) continues to operate as an expanding diverse engineering business. The group has a number of special capabilities related to marine engineering and design, ship repair, and including offshore wind-farm fabrication. The company…
Ireland's First Custom-Built Cruise Terminal Planned for Belfast Harbour
#NewCruiseTerminal – The first purpose-built cruise terminal in Ireland is to be built in Belfast Harbour. The £7m investment  will ensure that Belfast Harbour will be able to handle all cruise ships operating in the Irish Sea, as well as…
DFDS to Shed 60 Jobs in Belfast Operation
#DFDSBelfast – Shipping and logistics company DFDS are to let go 60 jobs in Belfast at the end of this year as it shifts its finance centre to Poland. Danish owned company DFDS said Belfast would be the first location…
Opening Belfast Harbour Cruise Season Highlights Royal Connections
#CruiseBELFAST – Opening the cruiseship season to Belfast Harbour today is the small ultra-luxury Hebridean Princess, now serving her 25th year of operations, writes Jehan Ashmore. The former west Scottish isles car-ferry Columba currently operated by Hebridean Island Cruises, is…
National Handicap for Cruisers to be Unveiled at Ballyholme Yacht Club
#ballyholme – Ballyholme Yacht Club will be holding the first keelboat series in Ireland run under the new NHC on Saturday afternoons in May. Billed as light hearted racing with a bit of craic, the series is used to get…
Ballyholme Ice Breaker Attracts London Olympic Duo
#ballyholme – Thankfully the wind had dropped a bit from Saturday and racing was definitely on. The sun even made an appearance which did warm things up a bit and the breeze held out to give us a great sail…
£50m Offshore Wind Terminal Completed in Belfast Harbour
#BelfastWindTerminal - A new £50m offshore wind terminal which has been completed in Belfast Harbour, has been handed over to DONG Energy and ScottishPower Renewables. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the terminal, the first purpose-built offshore wind installation and pre-assembly…
Belfast Harbour’s Tonnage Record in 2012
#BelfastHarbour – Figures released by Belfast Harbour reveal that trade handled by the port during 2012 rose to a record 19.6m tonnes, up 11% on the previous year. The growth was driven primarily by an improved performance in the bulk…
Belfast’s Record-Breaking Cruise Boost
#BelfastCruiseCalls – The 2013 season will bring a record 57 cruiseships and more than 100,000 visitors to Belfast Harbour, compared to last year when only 44 cruiseships docked with 75,000 passengers, writes Jehan Ashmore. Tourists from all corners of the…
£1m to Restore Belfast’s Historic Warship
#HMS CAROLINE – The last surviving floating warship of World War I,HMS Caroline has been secured with a £1 million restoration grant. The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) is funding the project to protect Belfast-based HMS Caroline from falling into…
RYA Volunteer Awards for Belfast Lough Sailors
#RYAAwards - Two sailors from Northern Ireland have received awards from the Royal Yachting Association for their voluntary work, as the Carrickfergus Times reports. Belfast Lough locals Sheela Lewis from Whitehead received Karl Blythe from Carrickfergus were among 56 people…
Belfast Riverside Development Gets Approval
#BELFAST LOUGH - Major development plans for the land adjacent to the Odyssey complex on the waterfront in Belfast have been approved, as BBC News reports. The Odyssey Quays scheme comprises two hotels; multi-storey car parking; retail space; cafés, restaurants…
MIAB Report into Belfast Lough Collision Finds Fault on Both Sides
#BELFAST LOUGH - Inappropriate actions by the bridge teams of two vessels contributed to their collision in Belfast Lough earlier this year, according to the official report into the incident by the UK's Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MIAB). BBC News…
Belfast Harbour Launch Masterplan
#BELFAST PORT – Plans for the future of Belfast Harbour has been outlined for the next 20-30 years with the publication of a Masterplan. Interested parties are invited to download the document from the port's website. Those parties wishing to…
AGM of Belfast Harbour
#PORT AGM – The annual general meeting of Belfast Harbour is to take place at the Harbour Office, Corporation Square, during the morning of 23 October between 09.45 -10.45. As previously reported, Belfast Harbour recently unloaded its single largest ever…
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