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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…
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…
Lagan Search & Rescue in Belfast Harbour
Belfast Harbour has pledged support to Lagan Search & Rescue to the tune of £100,000 (€110,000) over the next five years, as the News Letter reports. The arrangement includes continued provision of an operations base and lifeboat berths for the…
Stena Embla at CMI Jinling Weihai Shipyard
Ferry company Stena Line has announced that Stena Embla, the last of its three new ferries destined for the Irish Sea, has successfully completed its sea trials in China’s Yellow Sea. Stena Embla is the latest new Stena Line next…
Lindsay Nolan of Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club was recoginsed by the Royal Yachting Association
Four inspiring Northern Ireland volunteers have been recognised nationally with awards from the Royal Yachting Association. Traditionally taking place at an awards ceremony in London, the RYA Volunteer Awards celebrate and say 'thank you' to volunteers who have made an…
Mikey Ferguson is racing on the Mana MOD70 crew
Mikey Ferguson from Bangor on Belfast Lough was looking forward yesterday (16th) to getting going on the MOD70 Mana in the 41st Edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race which started today from the historic Grand Harbour in Malta's capital…
Topper dinghy sailing at Ballyholme Yacht Club
Way back in the mid -70s the well-known and recently retired Bangor sailor who was Chair of Irish Sailing's Racing Rules & Appeals Board, Ron Hutchieson, introduced Laser dinghies to Ballyholme Yacht Club and persuaded the now SailCoach head, Trevor…
Belfast Harbour is working in partnership with Redshift Associates and University of Leicester on an innovative approach to the evaluation of pollution emissions from shipping & other industrial activity to assess the overall atmospheric emissions within the harbour estate. Above AFLOAT adds looking upriver of the Lagan from Stormont Wharf where the short-sea trader Arklow Ruler is berthed along with a bulker and tucked in between these vessels is another cargoship.
In what is been described as a ground-breaking project, Belfast Harbour  has already embarked upon a strategy to digitise, decarbonise and decentralise its energy usage throughout the port's 3,000-acre harbour estate. The new initiative will further help enhance the port's…
 The spirit of September 2020, as the Water Wags have their last race of the season in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the evening of Wednesday, September 16th. Tim & Marcus Pearson's Little Tern gets to the finish line just ahead of Ian & Judith Malcolm's Barbara, with Martin & Triona Byrne's Hild making in on port to finish third
Thank you, September. You did your best to provide us with good sailing as ingenious moves were implemented to run modified pandemic-compliant events which gave proper meaning to the season, and to our sailing traditions. It was neither your fault…

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