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#belfastlough - A record 24.6 million tonnes of cargo was handled in Belfast Harbour last year thanks to a major increase in the number of freight vehicles passing through the port, which rose to a high of 532,000, latest figures…
NSI trialling of new North Sails Tour Xi cruising sails on Strangford Lough recently on Peter Niblock's Moody S31 "Zeelander"
RYA NI is hold its Cruising Conference in Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club in Cultra, Co. Down this Saturday Jan 26th starting at 9.30am. As part of it, North Sails Ireland's Prof O'Connell will be giving a talk on…
One of the new solar and wind powered light installed in Belfast Harbour, where AFLOAT adds above on the opposite bank of the Lagan is berthed freight-only Stena Forerunner. Last year the ro-ro ship was transferred from North Sea service onto the Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) route.
#belfast -  Yesterday in the UK was held the National 'Cut Your Energy Cost Day' and where Belfast Harbour contributed in implementing measures. This has seen the harbour install solar and wind powered lights along their quays. As can be…
Samson and Goliath the shipbuilding gantry cranes are iconic landmarks situated at Queen's Island, Belfast
#belfast- Business advisers are carrying out a valuation of Belfast's Harland & Wolff ahead of a likely disposal by its parent company this year, the Independent can reveal. Accountants have been sent in to carry out the work to establish…
One of the Stena vessels in dry dock at H&W Belfast, which AFLOAT adds is Stena Lagan, the first of a pair that operates Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) is docked for works. During the refit programme, Stena Horizon from the Rosslare-Cherbourg route is covering in for the dry-dockings. In turn Stena Nordica operates the French route in addition freight-only Stena Forerunner (of Liverpool route) last weekend provided a boost in capacity given Irish Ferries reduced sailing frequency of recent months based out of Dublin. Also above behind the gangway is Stena Forerunner, which Afloat last year covered in its deployment from North Sea service.
#ferries - Work has begun on ferries from Stena Line which involves a £5 million refit programme of its local fleet at Belfast's Harland & Wolff shipyard. The 10-week upgrade schedule reports the Irish News, will see five Stena vessels…
According to Belfast Harbour, the ‘Mantsinen 300M’ due to be delivered in the Spring will be managed by Cooper Specialised Handling
#Belfast - An investment by Belfast Harbour costing £3m has led to the world's largest hydraulic crane that is due to be delivered in the Spring. The 40-metre high Finnish machine reports Belfast Telegraph weighs 370 tonnes and can manage…
The famous cranes at the H&W Belfast: Former Northern Ireland Enterprise Minister Lord Empey has said that he fears the site may now fall into the hands of property developers.
#BelfastLough - Harland and Wolff shipyards in Belfast, must be maintained for industrial use and not sold off to property developers, Lord Empey has said. As The Belfast Telegraph writes, the former UUP leader was speaking after it emerged last…
Takeover deal for the world-famous manufacturer, Harland & Wolff, would represent one of the biggest NI corporate transactions in recent years. AFLOAT adds Anvil Point was the last ship built at the Belfast yard in 2003. A decade later, the ro-ro ship became surplus to the UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD) requirements.
#BelfastLough - A famous icon of Belfast, Harland & Wolff is up for sale as its Norwegian parent company Fred Olsen carries out a major restructuring. The former shipbuilder behind the Titanic reports The Belfast Telegraph, has diversified into renewable…
Half a century ago construction began on Goliath, then the largest crane in the world which formed the first of the giant shipbuilding cranes in Belfast at the Harland & Wolff yard. The second crane Samson soon followed to become iconic symbols of the city's industrial pride and heritage known throughout the world.
#BelfastLough - This month 50 years ago, November 1968 the landscape of Belfast was forever changed when a giant yellow crane known as Goliath rose from the Harland and Wolff shipyard. As BBC News NI recalls, it would be joined…
Artemis Technologies, a spin-off from America’s Cup team Artemis Racing, has announced plans to establish a new facility in Belfast Harbour, initially creating 35 jobs, in a bid to return commercial shipbuilding to the city. It will develop a city to city passenger Autonomous Sailing Vessel that will run without the need for fossil fuels. Pictured at the launch, from left, Artemis Technologies Chief Executive, double Olympic gold medalist Iain Percy OBE, Northern Ireland Secretary of State Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, Belfast Harbour CEO Joe O’Neill and Mark Gillan, Head of Innovation, Artemis Technologies.
Artemis Technologies, a spin-off from America’s Cup team Artemis Racing, is to establish a new facility in Belfast Harbour, initially creating 35 jobs, in a bid to return commercial shipbuilding to the city. The company led by double Olympic gold…
Unite says UK shipyards like Belfast's Harland & Wolff should get work otherwise cranes could “end up as tourist attractions” if MoD contracts go overseas
#BelfastLough - Belfast's iconic cranes of Samson and Goliath could “end up as tourist attractions” if military shipbuilding contracts are awarded overseas, it has been warned. As Belfast Live reports the union UNITE made the claim as they launched a…
The ferry was travelling from Belfast to Liverpool
#BelfastLough - An evacuation of passengers according to ITV News from a ferry took place after a report that a “device” had been left on board. The Police Service of Northern Ireland said the Belfast to Liverpool service was held…
A Multihull start at the Festival of Speed weekend at Ballyholme Yacht Club
The Irish Multihull Association introduced an innovative approach to their National Championships this year by inviting the 49er and 29er fleets to join them in a high-speed weekend of competitive sailing on Belfast Lough where we hosted the World F18…
Launching the Icebreaker series from (left to right): Richard Honeyford, Chief Operating Officer, RYA NI, sponsor Michael Keenan of Danske Bank, Pete McDowell, Commodore BYC, Dan McCaughey, Laser Sailor, Aidan Pounder Vice Commodore BYC and Charlie Winton, Ladies Captain, BYC.
Ballyholme Yacht Club is pleased to launch the Icebreaker Series 2018/19. Now in its fourth decade, this event attracts a range of sailors from all over Belfast Lough. Commencing on Sunday, September 30th and continuing each Sunday until 16th December.…
Annalise Murphy and Katie Tingle begin their journey to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in their new 49er FX on Belfast Lough next month
Annalise Murphy will launch her new Olympic sailing campaign in the 49erFx at Ballyholme Yacht Club's 'Weekend of Speed' on Saturday and Sunday, 15th and 16th September. The Rio Olympic silver medalist will race under handicap against men's high-performance Olympic 49er teams as she…
#BelfastLough - Fred. Olsen Energy, the Norwegian drillship,rig operator and owners of the yard that built RMS Titanic, is considering a debt and equity restructuring that would almost wipe out the value of its current shares, the company said. With…

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