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The Barge: Chris Logan and Susan Doherty from Belfast Barge with Lord Mayor Kate Nicholl and dog Captain Bob
The iconic Belfast barge which spent years as a restaurant has been relaunched as Northern Ireland’s only floating arts centre and events space. The vessel (Confiance) is moored at Lanyon Quay (River Lagan), has been converted into an arts hub…
Dr Iain Percy OBE at the River Lagan in Belfast
Artemis Technologies, founded in 2017, is the lead partner in the Belfast Maritime Consortium, a 13-member syndicate working on designing and building zero-emission high-speed ferries in the city through the creation of its unique electric hydrofoiling propulsion system, which is…
The young harbour seal with a drinks can stuck to its lower jaw wast first spotted in Belfast earlier this month
A young harbour seal spotted in Belfast Lough earlier this month with an aluminium can stuck on its lower jaw has been rescued by police in Scotland. The Irish News reports that the juvenile marine mammal had swum across the…
A Safer Waters training exercise
Last year Mike Meharg, George King and Allan Black set up Safer Waters, now a registered charity and not-for-profit provider of voluntary safety cover and training for recreational water users in Northern Ireland. It is a recognised RYA Training Centre…
Ballymacormick Beach on the eastern side of Ballyholme Bay is the venue for the Ulster Windsurfing Championships
Ballymacormick Beach on the eastern side of Ballyholme Bay on Belfast Lough will see next Saturday (23rd), the first-ever windsurfing event hosted by Ballyholme Yacht Club when the Ulster Championships competitors will take to the water. There will be eleven…
Lagan Search and Rescue on the search for the distressed seal spotted with a drinks can stuck to its lower jaw
The search continues in Belfast Lough for a young harbour seal spotted with an aluminium can stuck on its lower jaw in recent days. According to BBC News, the seal was spotted on Wednesday (6 October) in a state of…
The The 1938-founded Ballyholme Bay Class when still going strong in 1970, with Bobby Swanston's Eileen leading from Frank Humphreys' Penelope. While the class in Bangor is now largely defunct, an active sister-ship has emerged in Isle of Wight ownership
Coming as it does from David Tasker - an Afloat.ie reader from the Isle of Wight - a typically Autumnal query received a day or two ago from this new owner of an interesting and much-loved vintage boat is one…
A typical Sunday race at the RNIYC RS400 Winter Series will consist of three quick-fire races of about 20 minutes each
After a hiatus of two years, Northern Ireland's RS400 Winter series is back. The Belfast Lough sailing event will kick off on Sunday 31st October for eight consecutive weeks up to 19th December. This event was the last run in…
The Stena Superfast VIII launched its fast rescue craft
In the early evening of Saturday, 2nd October, Belfast Coastguard put out a MAYDAY in response to a 20ft yacht with four people on board reportedly taking on water and without power, a mile north of Corsewall Point, at the…
Laser stalwart Bill O'Hara at Balyholme's Laser 50th anniversary event
Some of the 'old hands' mixed it with the Laser sailors who had come on the scene since the birth of the Laser class at Ballyholme in 1974. The 39-strong fleet on Saturday (18th September) had a memorable day's racing…
David Eccles' Sigma 33 Mungo Jerrie was the Glenarm Sailing Challenge winner
What started off as a challenge in Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on Belfast Lough by Gordon Patterson's Sigma 362, Fanciulla, a heavy 36-footer, to Gavin Vaughan's new Jeanneau 349, a 34-foot light displacement boat, in a race to…
File image of Donaghadee RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Saxon
Donaghadee RNLI carried out a medevac of a passenger who became ill on a cruise ship that left Belfast Lough on Friday evening (17 September). The volunteer crew were requested by Belfast Coastguard to launch their all-weather lifeboat Saxon shortly…
Belfast author and illustrator Flora Delargy
Harold Cottam was a 21-year old radio operator who was on duty on the night of April 14th, 1912 on board passenger ship RMS Carpathia when he received a Morse code message he would never forget. Nor would the world,…
Belfast Harbour has announced the recent appointment of three new Directors, to continue developing a strategy to become a world leading regional Port and as a key economic hub for the region.
Belfast Harbour has recently made the appointment of three new Directors to its Leadership Team. The appointments are designed so to continue developing its strategy to become a world leading regional port and a key economic hub for the region.…
Artemis Technologies has revealed concept artwork of a crew transfer vessel (CTV) propelled by its transformative eFoilerTM. A study led by the high-performance maritime design and applied technologies company has been awarded £533,000 from the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK to investigate how the technology will decarbonise operations in the offshore wind sector.
A study, led by high-performance maritime design and applied technologies company Artemis Technologies based on Belfast Lough has been awarded £533,000 to investigate transformative solutions to decarbonise crew transfer vessel (CTV) operations in the offshore wind sector. The grant, announced…
The access steps for swimmers at Rhanbuoy in Carrickfergus
Sea swimmers in the Carrickfergus area now have safer access to the shore after the repair of steps and railings southeast of the Co Antrim town’s marina on Belfast Lough. According to the Carrick Times, local bathers has raised the…

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