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Samson & Goliath cranes of H&W shipyard, Belfast. Workers staged a sit-in protest at the shipyard for weeks as part of a campaign to save one of Northern Ireland's biggest names in industry
As the Belfast Telegraph writes, the firm which agreed to buy Harland & Wolff has not met an initial deadline to pay part of the purchase price of the iconic Belfast shipyard. Having paid a £500,000 deposit at the start…
Doug Smyth OBE
Tributes have been paid to Northern Ireland sailing stalwart Doug Smyth OBE who passed away this summer writes Betty Armstrong. Doug, a member of Carrickfergus Sailing Club and former Chair of The Royal Yachting Association Northern Ireland (RYANI) died on 21…
Belfast Harbour: Potential benefits of 5G technology include how gantry cranes (as above) can be inspected and maintained remotely. Also pictured AFLOAT adds is CMA-CGM's containership Nicolas Delmas.
A real-time demonstration in Belfast Harbour was staged to highlight the benefits 5G can deliver to business and industry - including how its cranes can be inspected and maintained remotely. In a first for the UK, the Irish News writes,…
Laser racing at the Ballyholme Yacht Club Icebreaker Series Race Two
Week two of the Ballyholme Yacht Club Icebreaker series on Belfast Lough in Northern Ireland was quite a bit calmer than the first week. One the water at least. The previous night's activities did have an impact on the turn…
In a major change from the original Northern Ireland backstop to avoid a hard border will require a huge leap into the unknown. It is the area of customs. In practical terms, The Irish Times reports, this is the most…
The Junior Icebreaker at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough
Adverse weather with strong gusts in the lead up to this week’s racing threatened to spoil the day again for this week’s Charles Hurst Jaguar Land Rover sponsored Junior Icebreaker at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough. Saturday morning however…
Workers return to the Harland and Wolff shipyard after a buyer was found to save the Belfast shipyard. ABOVE: Campaign banner with the slogan 'Save Our Shipyard' was recently revised with insertion of the letter 'D' to reflect the current changed fortunes of the iconic shipyard located in the east of the port estate.
Employees according to Belfast Telegraph, have returned to work at Harland and Wolff after the sale of the closure-threatened shipyard. There were cheers as the remaining staff walked through the gates in Belfast at 9am. It followed a nine-week campaign which saw…
The £40m investment programme at Belfast Harbour's container terminal at Victoria Terminal 3 (VT3) includes 10 new cranes. AFLOAT adds VT3 is operated in partnership between the port and Dublin based ICG, which connects Northern Ireland’s businesses to global markets through European hub ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp in addition serves Le Havre.
In an announcement Belfast Harbour is to invest £40m to upgrade its container terminal, writes the News Letter.  Victoria Terminal 3 (VT3), where the upgrade will take place, connects Northern Ireland to global markets through European hub ports of Rotterdam…
Samson & Goliath: Giant gantry cranes at the shipyard of Harland & Wolff
According to the News Letter, hopes that the troubled shipyard of Harland & Wolff can be rescued were rising (yesterday) after a weekend of intensive negotiations. The iconic company based in Belfast Lough entered administration last month after its Norwegian…
Denis Doyle’s Moonduster in her prime, as she was between 1981 and 2001 – designed by German Frers Jnr, built by Crosshaven Boatyard, and with sails by McWilliam of Crosshaven
As each year passes, it becomes increasingly difficult to explain to up-and-coming offshore racers just what “The Doyler and The Duster” meant to a whole generation of Irish sailors writes W M Nixon. Crosshaven-built in 1981 and kitted out with…
Harland & Wolff workers continue their protest at the Belfast shipyard regarding the future of the company.
Shipyard Harland & Wolff has taken a step closer to survival with confirmation that the consortium to which it belongs has been awarded a £1.25bn contract to build new warships. As the News Letter reports, East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson…
Laser racing at Ballyholme Yacht Club for the National Title
Over 100 sailors competed across 4 days for the Irish Laser Nationals at Ballyholme Yacht Club from 22nd to 25th August 2019.  Nine races were completed in the first 3 days of the championship in moderate to fresh southerly breezes…
An overall view of the extensive Harland & Wolff shipyard located in the east of Belfast Harbour
Administrators of the Harland and Wolff shipyard, reports BBC News, say they have received a number of non-binding offers to buy the business as a going concern. The yard, best known for building the Titanic, was placed into administration earlier…
The shipyard of Harland & Wolff
Two "credible" bids, reports Belfast Telegraph, have now been received for the stricken shipyard Harland & Wolff, it's been claimed. DUP leader Arlene Foster and the party's East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson made the claim following a meeting with business…
Employees of Harland and Wolff during their protest at the gates of the shipyard in Belfast
The administrators for Harland & Wolff have extended the temporary unpaid lay-off of workers in what a trade union said was a "light at the end of the tunnel" for the stricken shipyard. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, business advisers…
Positive talks took place over the future of the famous Belfast shipyard
"Positive discussions" have been held regarding the sale of Belfast shipyard Harland and Wolff, according to the administrators. The business, BBC News reports, entered administration earlier this month, with accountancy firm BDO overseeing the process. The move places 120 jobs…

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