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A giant cruise caller to Belfast Harbour in 2016 was Caribbean Princess. Afloat adds that the 112,000 tonnes cruiseship will be the fifth caller to the city this season in early May.
#RecordCalls - A new tourism high as almost 90 cruise ships are expected to visit Belfast Harbour this summer, bringing with them 150,000 passengers and crew to the city. Belfast’s record cruise schedule for 2017 marks an unprecedented period of…
A friendly place, though with a drying anchorage, Holywood Yacht Club (founded 1862) is the oldest on Belfast Lough
In all last year’s celebrations of the 150th Anniversaries of Royal Ulster Yacht Club and Carrickfergus Sailing Club on Belfast Lough, it was generally overlooked that neither is the senior club on the lough, even though both were founded way…
Belfast Lough panorama
#BelfastLough - A sea captain has been convicted of being drunk on duty while piloting a merchant vessel in Belfast Lough last year. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, Eugenijus Tulauskas was found to be nearly four times over the legal…
Coal-carrying cargoship, Jolanta which was a frequent caller to Belfast Harbour. The 99m ship however did not trade to ports on the Irish Sea or beyond?... So how could that be?... to find out the ship's destination (as pictured above) read below. Note yellow heavy machinery vehicle dozer on coal heap.
#CoalShip – A general cargoship that was a frequent caller to Belfast Harbour but did not depart to a port on the Irish Sea or for that matter beyond, so how could that be?, writes Jehan Ashmore. The answer to…
Belfast Lough Sailability at the 2017 RYA Sailability National Conference on Saturday 18 February
#Sailability - Two volunteers with Belfast Lough Sailability received awards at the RYA Sailability National Conference in Cambridge, England last Saturday (18 February). Bill Foster was awarded the RYA Sailability Exceptional Contribution Award, accepted by BLS chair Paul Bunting, while…
One of a pair of ferries operating Stena's Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) route is seen in H&W. Compare this photo of the conventional graving dry-dock with that of the 'floating' dry-dock in Afloat's Cork Harbour news report yesterday. This focused on Cork Dockyard's Dutch connections.
#Harland&Howth - Harland and Wolff, Belfast has been busy working with Stena Line ferries while in Howth Harbour, Co.Dublin the boatyard there has begun work on a passenger-only ferry that in recent years began running cruises, writes Jehan Ashmore.  The annual…
Afloat adds that controversy arose as the public where at the scene of cargo from MSC Napoli (62,000grt) that washed ashore at Branscombe Beach, Devon UK. The 4,419 TEU containership during a storm suffered structural damage and was deliberately run aground at nearby Lyme Bay almost a decade ago on 20 January 2007. The 275m (900ft) vessel was one of the largest to be decommissioned at Harland & Wolff having been dismantled at their dry dock.
#Decommissioning - For many UK ports writes EnergyVoice, developing the facilities needed for large-scale decommissioning projects is a quest they are just embarking on. But for the Belfast based Harland and Wolff (H&W) shipyard, the asset it describes as the…
It is unlikely a brand new warship would ever be built entirely in Belfast, according to Sir John Parker's call for “sea-change” which would see ships built in modular form across the UK for final assembly at a specific hub.
#NavalNewbuilds? - Proposals of future naval shipbuilding to be shared around UK yards including Harland & Wolff writes The News Letter have been warmly welcomed in Belfast. The report prepared by Ulster-born industrialist Sir John Parker - a former chief…
HMS Duncan which departed Portsmouth Naval Base to 'shadow' the Russian Navy. Seen above at the UK port is a sister of the Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon which called to Cork Harbour this summer.
#Destroyer - A UK naval destroyer was forced to cancel a visit to Belfast today, due to Russian warships understood to be bound for Syria to reinforce attacks on Aleppo, writes Jehan Ashmore. Senior Royal Navy Officer for Northern Ireland,…
Despite difficult trading, annual turnover increased in 2015 to over £66m, the highest level of the past decade.
#Turnover2015 - Harland and Wolff Group (H&W) writes the Belfast Telegraph continues to operate in testing market conditions as a diverse engineering business. The company, a subsidiary of the Fred Olsen Energy Group, operates in shipbuilding, heavy engineering, ship repair,…
Howth 17s participated in Royal Ulster Yacht Club's 150th anniversary sail past at the weekend
At Royal Ulster Yacht Club over 80 boats gathered off Bangor on Saturday to take part in the 150th Anniversary Sail Past. It was the latest event in June's RUYC Sesquicentennial celebrations. Previously, as Afloat.ie reported, the club welcomed HRH…
Coaster Torrent with a cargo of pot-ash alongside Clarendon Dock, Belfast Harbour.
#RecordPerformance -Turnover at Belfast Harbour, which handles 70% of Northern Ireland’s seaborne trade and 20% of the entire island’s, rose by 3.4% to £54.3m. According to the annual report for 2015, operating profit also increased by 3.4% to stand at…
The International 12 Metre Sceptre – America’s Cup Challenger in 1958 – will be in the fleet celebrating the Royal Ulster YC’s 150th Anniversary at Belfast Lough on Saturday June 25th
The first event of the 150th Anniversary celebrations for Royal Ulster Yacht Club at Bangor on Belfast Lough will take place from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th June. The Sigma 33 UK & Irish National Championships has attracted twenty boats…
Harland and Wolff, Belfast, the marine, engineering and offshore renewables energy manufacturing facility located on Queens Island
#H&W - Harland and Wolff, Belfast faces a tough year ahead having failed to secure a "sufficient workload" as the latest accounts shows a big drop in profits for 2015. The Belfast Telegraph writes that the firm generated operating profit of…
The world's most powerful tidal turbine built at Harland and Wolff is to be launched in Belfast Lough today
#WorldsLargest - The world's most powerful tidal energy turbine writes the BBC News was assembled at Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. One of the yard's cranes, Goliath, will lower the 520-tonne structure into Belfast Lough today, Wednesday. Each of the…
HMS Caroline, the only surviving vessel of the Battle of Jutland, in Belfast's Alexandra Dock, Queen's Island
#HMScaroline - Descendants of First World War Irish sailors reports the Belfast Telegraph are to take part in commemoration ceremonies in the city where the only surviving vessel of the Battle of Jutland remains.   HMS Caroline has undergone a…

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