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Bangor RNLI was involved in the rescue of three people from a 28ft yacht
Three people were rescued by the Bangor RNLI lifeboat after their 28ft yacht ran aground on Cockle Island, Groomsport. The incident occurred on Thursday evening, August 10th. The RNLI received a request from Belfast Coastguard to assist with the recovery…
File image of the 49m superyacht Reef Chief
Ireland’s latest superyacht arrival is the 49m Reef Chief, which moored at Belfast Harbour on Tuesday afternoon (8 August), as the Belfast Telegraph reports. The €23m vessel is owned by multi-millionaire industrialist and art collector James Dicke, and takes its…
Donaghadee's All Weather RNLI Lifeboat Macquarie
In the late hours of Friday, August 4th, 2024, the volunteer crew of the Donaghadee RNLI lifeboat station in Northern Ireland received a call from HM Coastguard. The Coastguard reported an emergency medical issue involving a female passenger on a…
Stephen Penney's Hot Orange from Carrickfergus Sailing Club is the 2023 Ruffian 23 National Champion
Two second places in the final races of the 2023 Ruffian 23 National Championships at the National Yacht Club handed overall victory to Stephen Penney's Hot Orange from Carrickfergus Sailing Club on Belfast Lough. Royal St. George's Shannagh (S. Gill & P. MacDiarmada)…
Ross Boyd is on onboard Robert Rendell’s Samatom from Howth for this Saturday's Fastnet Race from Cowes
Two Belfast Lough sailors are racing in the 50th Anniversary Rolex Fastnet Race, which starts on Saturday from Cowes on the Isle of Wight and finishes in Cherbourg. Ewan Finlay is racing as foredeck crew on Mark Emerson’s A13 Phosphorus II,…
The SAR Joint Exercise on the North Down Coast gets underway
On Monday last (17th), several search and rescue teams held a very active training session out of the village of Groomsport on the North Down coast. Taking part alongside Lagan Search and Rescue’s Ribcraft Class 1 Lifeboat were Bangor Atlantic…
Captain Gordon MacArthur (left in black cap) and visitors from LSAR, Bangor Coastguard Rescue and K9 SAR at the TS State of Maine in the Port of Belfast
On July 7th, the TS State of Maine, the current training ship of the Maine Maritime Academy, docked at the Gotto Wharf in the Herdman Channel in the Port of Belfast. She was formerly in the United States Navy service…
Multiple youth medalist Eve McMahon (left) pictured with Rob Milligan of Commodore BYC was the ILCA 6 Ulster Championship winner at Ballyholme just a week before she heads off to the Olympic Test Even in Marseille
It was a challenging, very windy two days at Ballyholme on Belfast Lough for the ILCA Ulster Championships last weekend. The big fleet in three divisions, ILCA 4, 6 and 7, attracted 47 competitors from as far away as Glandore…
File image of the Stena Line ferry terminal at Loc Ryan Port in Cairnryan
A man rescued near Cairnryan in western Scotland after going overboard from a ferry from Belfast Lough on Saturday evening (1 July) has died in hospital, as BelfastLive reports. The Stena Line Superfast VIII ferry’s own rescue craft was deployed…
Belfast Harbour has posted pre-tax profits of £34.3m for 2022, up 1% on the year previous. The port said despite the uncertainty and external challenges sparked by the war in Ukraine, trade dropped only slightly on the record levels recorded in 2021.
Annual figures at Belfast Harbour show robust financial results for 2022, with a yearly turnover and profits in line with expectations, despite a challenging global trading environment. In what was a milestone year, marking the 175th anniversary of the formation of…
Pat Kelly's J109 Storm travelled from Rush to compete - and win Class Two - at the Royal Ulster RC35/IRC weekend on Belfast Lough
The RC35/IRC event at Royal Ulster on Belfast Lough last weekend came about because of a chance suggestion by a club member. Although it attracted a small fleet of eight, it did include the very welcome visitors, Ben Shelley in…
RS Elite racing at the Irish Championships at Royal Ulster on Belfast Lough
Having spent the weekend racing in the Irish RS Elite Championships at Royal Ulster on Belfast Lough, most of the 14-strong fleet are making their way the 18 miles to the UK Nationals hosted by Strangford Lough Yacht Club at…
French container shipping giant CMA-CGM has added a new call between Belfast (VT3) and a number of UK an European ports. Among the containerships to operate the new service will be Allegra as above at VT3 which will contribute to boosting capacity and service options for importers/exporters in N. Ireland.
French container shipping giant CMA-CGM is to add a new call to Belfast Harbour to its Irish Sea Express CS container feeder service. The new container service will boost capacity and service options for both importers and exporters in Northern…
Three men in a boat Kevin Byers (left), Michael Russell (centre) and Terry Fair on Signet back in Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough after competing at the 2023 Scottish Series
For some of the Northern Ireland boats which competed in the Scottish Series at Tarbert, the results were very pleasing. Of the nine who made the trip north, the best results were from Ballyholme-based Kevin Byers and Michael Russell’s Sigma…
North Channel Wind proposes floating wind farms on two sites: North Channel Wind 1 is off the coast of east Antrim, and North Channel Wind 2 is off Antrim's south-east coast and County Down's northeast coast
Communities along the coast of East Antrim and North Down in Northern Ireland will have the opportunity to learn about proposals for the installation of floating wind turbines in that part of the Irish Sea, commonly known as the North…
Bangor RNLI lifeboat towed the yacht to Bangor Marina
Bangor RNLI lifeboat came to the aid of two people on Sunday after their 8m yacht broke down in Ballyholme Bay on Belfast Lough. The volunteer crew were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat by Belfast Coastguard at 1.21 pm…