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The Belfast shipyard will be responsible for the building, assembly and delivery AFLOAT adds of the 220m X 35m Wind-Farm Development (WFD) vessels. AFLOAT also highlights the news is significant given the last vessel built at the yard was the ro-ro freighter Anvil Point which was launched in 2002 and delivered the following year for owners Andrew Weir Shipping.
Belfast shipyard Harland & Wolff now owned by InfraStrata, has signed a letter of intent to build two wind farm development vessels. The potential deal, writes BBC News, is being worked on with Triumph SubSea Services. InfraStrata said that once…
Topper's racing at Bangor for the first time since the Summer
Saturday 12th December saw an early Christmas present for Ballyholme Yacht Club junior sailors as racing returned for the first time since the end of the summer. A steady 10-12 knots from the West allowed a windward-leeward course to be…
Ronald Surgenor - Marsh Volunteer Award for Marine Conservation
Ronald Surgenor is a Project Officer with the Ulster Wildlife Trust and has been awarded the Marsh Volunteer Award for Marine Conservation. As well as caring for nature reserves and peatlands, Ronald is a dedicated volunteer sea-angler for the shark…
SUPPing  Santas in Bangor Harbour
Last week Jersey Coastguard was asked to go to the aid of a man dressed in red who reported that he had fallen out of his sleigh during a routine test flight and was stranded on a sandbank. Both RNLI…
Belfast Maritime Consortium Supervisory Board Appointed
A supervisory board has been appointed to oversee the Belfast Maritime Consortium’s project to develop revolutionary zero-emission ferries in the city. Earlier this year, the 13-partner syndicate, headed by Artemis Technologies, won a £33 million government innovation grant for the…
Ballyholme Yacht Club dinghy park in the late 1950s
Eric and Barbara Mayne had been active sailing and committee members of Ballyholme Yacht Club for many years. Eric had been a past Hon Secretary and Commodore and Barbara held many and various positions on Committees. They undertook the mammoth…
Bangor Marina's Christmas Lights show last year
Bangor's favourite band, Snow Patrol, are well known for the lines in their hit 'Run' - Light up, Light up. And that's what, in this year of endless restrictions, Kevin Baird Manager of Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough, would like…
Maritime Belfast Trust chief executive Kerrie Sweeney and chair Marie Therese McGivern with Joe O’Neill, chief executive of Belfast Harbour.
The charity responsible for promoting and preserving Belfast’s maritime heritage, Titanic Foundation Ltd is to be known now as Maritime Belfast Trust. The newly-named trust according to The Irish News, will broaden its remit to help deliver Belfast’s waterfront as…
Shipyard H&W insists it's in pole position as Boris Johnson aims to restore UK to 'foremost naval power
Shipyard owner's of Harland & Wolff in Belfast Harbour, welcomed the Prime Minister's pledge to spend another £16.5bn on defence as Boris Johnson vowed to restore Britain as "the foremost naval power in Europe". Ulster Unionist leader Steve Aiken said…
Dr Iain Percy OBE
In response to the announcement by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson of a ten-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, Dr Iain Percy OBE, CEO, Artemis Technologies said: “The Prime Minister’s blueprint for a ‘Green Industrial Revolution’ is a welcome…
Artemis Technologies is leading the Belfast Maritime Consortium to build a new class of zero-emission fast ferries
Artemis Technologies has won the prestigious Maritime 2050 accolade at this year’s Maritime UK Awards. The award, sponsored by the Department of Transport, recognises the firm’s efforts to capitalise on the opportunities presented within the Government’s Maritime 2050 Strategy. Founded…
Thornback Ray - once abundant but now extinct on Belfast Lough
Alex Easton, MLA has called on the Department of Environment, Agriculture and Rural Affairs (DEARA) Minister to create Marine Protections Areas in Belfast Lough. Belfast Lough is a long, wide, and deep expanse of water, virtually free of strong tides…
Alysia Rea at the helm during her Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust trip
A young Belfast Lough woman has been announced the winner of the national competition to design the official 2021 t-shirt for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, the charity that has continued to support her during the pandemic. Alysia, 20, has…
Ryan Seaton (right) and crew Seafra Guilfoyle on Belfast Lough
Olympic sailor Ryan Seaton is back training at his home club in Carrickfergus on Belfast Lough following the completion of a slipway widening project. In past campaigns Ryan has had to train away from home because the slipway at Carrickfergus…
Charitable appeal - Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on Belfast Lough
With club sailing and fund-raising events sadly curtailed due to Covid 19, the members of Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on Belfast Lough have devised a safe way of helping the many families and individuals in the community who…
Picture shows: (L-R) Paul Murnaghan, Regional Director for BT’s Enterprise division in Northern Ireland and Joe O’Neill, Chief Executive of Belfast Harbour with 5G remote controlled inspection technology, which will improve productivity and safety measures by reducing the need for staff to work at height.
BT and Belfast Harbour today announced a landmark partnership to build a state-of-the-art 5G ecosystem within the Port. The partnership will deliver a series of 5G-led innovations to accelerate Belfast Harbour's digital transformation and help deliver its smart port strategic…

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