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#OnTV - Tonight BBC One Northern Ireland is to broadcast "Belfast City: Mud, Sweat and 400 Years". The documentary starting at 22.35 is presented by former army engineer Dick Strawbridge who knows a thing or two about incredible feats of construction.

So when he was asked about where Belfast Harbour ranks in terms of ingenuity, there was no hesitation. "People talk about the efforts that went into building for the 2012 Olympics or the Channel Tunnel? Pah!" he said. "They're just not on the same scale as Belfast Harbour. It really is amazing."

The feat of engineering is made clear in this documentary made for the broadcaster, where you can read more from BBC News Northern Ireland. Strawbridge may also seem familiar on our screens as he is one of the presenters of the popular BBC series 'Coast'.

In addition, Afloat.ie had reported on a new heritage space 'A Port that Built A City' in Belfast Harbour that details the city's emergence as a major port and its subsequent growth and development as an industrial hub.

 

Published in Maritime TV

#Belfast400 – Belfast's 400 years of maritime history is being recognized with a new exhibition.

The News Letter which has more reports that the new heritage space 'A Port that Built A City' in Belfast Harbour details the city's emergence as a major port and its subsequent growth and development as an industrial hub.

Details of how the public can visit 'A Port that Built a City' will be made available early in the New Year through an online booking system. For photographs of the exhibition click this link.

 

Published in Belfast Lough

#GreenPort – Once again Belfast Harbour has been named as one of Northern Ireland's top 'green' companies in a major environmental survey.

The harbour scored the second highest marks and was awarded Platinum quintile status in this year's NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey, conducted by Business in the Community's ARENA Network.

The survey annually assesses top businesses in Northern Ireland for environmental management, performance and assurance.

 

Published in Belfast Lough
21st October 2013

Belfast Harbour's Public AGM

#BelfastPortAGM – Belfast Harbour's public AGM is to be held tomorrow (22 October) between 9.45am - 10.45am.

The venue is the Belfast Harbour Office on Corporation Square.

In order to anticipate demand, the organisers would appreciate if interested parties would notify in advance by e-mailing: or contacting Belfast Harbour office reception for details visit this link.

Belfast Harbour has in recent years invested £150m to develop port infrastructure. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the port has embarked on a Masterplan for a period of over the next 20-30 years.

 

Published in Belfast Lough

#DONGenergy - Belfast Harbour's new wind terminal assembly facility has created a fantastic opportunity for further inward investment, according to the head of one of the companies making turbines in the city.

Keith Anderson, chief corporate Officer of ScottishPower, was speaking as the firm's parent company Iberdrola reported first half earnings of €4.1bn (£3.5bn).

In Belfast, Scottish Power and Danish energy giant DONG energy currently sublet a a 50-acre terminal, the largest single investment in Belfast Harbour's 400-year history and the first purpose-built offshore wind installation and pre-assembly harbour in the UK or Ireland.

For more on this story The Belfast Telegraph reports.

 

Published in Power From the Sea

#BelfastHarbour – In 2012 Belfast Harbour recorded a jump in profits resulting from investment in deep-water facilities and new Stena Line ferries, writes The Irish Independent.

Revenues at the port company, which is celebrating its 400th anniversary, were £39m in 2012, up 7pc from 2011. Operating profit was £18.4m, up 11pc.

The company said trade grew by more than a tenth, primarily due to improved performance in its bulk and roll-on / roll-off business.

2012 was also the first full operating year for Stena Line's new Superfast ferries which the port says has improved the competitiveness of the Belfast – Cairnryan route.

 

Published in Belfast Lough

Belfast Harbour's leisure craft facilities are situated at the head of Belfast Lough within a 10 minute walk of the City centre. The current 40 berth facility is a forerunner to a new fully equipped 200 berth marina located in the heart of Belfast's Titanic Quarter.

The present facility, located in Abercorn Basin was installed to host the Belfast Tall Ships Festival in August 2009 and was funded by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Belfast Tall Ships 2009 Ltd.  

The harbour authoriy has installed 240m of pontoons and dredged the Basin to a depth of 4m.

The marina can handle vessels up to 35m LOA, maximum draught of 4.0m.

Vessels greater than 20m should contact Port Operations prior to arrival.

Any enquiries regarding berth availability should be made to the Port Operations Centre by emailing [email protected] or telephoning +44(0)28 9055 3015 during office hours.

Published in Irish Marinas
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#DFDSBelfast – Shipping and logistics company DFDS are to let go 60 jobs in Belfast at the end of this year as it shifts its finance centre to Poland.

Danish owned company DFDS said Belfast would be the first location to lose its finance department out of the 21 countries in which it operates.

The office on West Bank Road in Belfast will close in December, DFDS said. However its other Irish operations, including DFDS Logistics in Belfast and Dublin, are not affected.

For more on this story the Belfast Telegraph reports.

 

Published in Belfast Lough

#CruiseBELFAST – Opening the cruiseship season to Belfast Harbour today is the small ultra-luxury Hebridean Princess, now serving her 25th year of operations, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The former west Scottish isles car-ferry Columba currently operated by Hebridean Island Cruises, is the first of 60 cruise callers to bring 100,000 visitors to the city port during 2013.

Belfast Harbour can also look forward later this month in officially marking its 400th anniversary when the port's first quay was established by a Royal Charter in 1613.

On a related royal note, Hebridean Princess was chartered by Queen Elizabeth II for a family holiday cruise around the Scottish isles to mark her 80th birthday in 2006.

The ship is berthed in Pollock Dock (see basin on left of aerial view) which is situated closer to the city-centre compared to the Stormont Wharf facility which caters for considerably larger cruiseships.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, 2013 is set to become another breaking season, in contrast to last year's season when 44 cruiseships called carrying 75,000 passengers.

Among the cruise operators to call they include Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Celebrity, MSC, Thomson, Fred Olsen Cruise Line and Saga Cruises. For details of calls click the LINER-LIST.

 

Published in Belfast Lough

#BelfastHarbour – Figures released by Belfast Harbour reveal that trade handled by the port during 2012 rose to a record 19.6m tonnes, up 11% on the previous year. The growth was driven primarily by an improved performance in the bulk and roll-on / roll-off (freight vehicle) sectors.

A record 4.6 million tonnes of dry-bulk was handled, a jump of 16%. This included 2m tonnes of grain and animal feeds, the highest tonnages ever recorded by the harbour in this sector.

An additional 600,000 tonnes of coal was also handled, reflecting recent investments by the harbour in deep-water facilities which have enabled it to handle coal imports for AES's power station at Kilroot, on the northern coast of Belfast Lough. Coal imports are now in excess of 1m tonnes for the first time since 1996.

Major investments by Belfast Harbour and Stena Line in new terminals on both sides of the Irish Sea, plus a pair of new superfast ferries, have significantly enhanced the competitiveness of the Belfast – Cairnryan route.

Port Tonnages Rise by 11%
This, coupled with a record performance on the Belfast – Heysham route, helped drive the number of freight vehicles passing through the Port to 432,000, up 21% since 2011.
Commenting on the figures, Roy Adair, Belfast Harbour's CEO, commented: "It's greatly encouraging for Belfast Harbour to once again be able to report such a positive set of trade figures. Growth across a number of sectors reaffirms Belfast's position as one of the most efficient ports in these islands and helps benchmark the harbour's ongoing contribution to the Northern Ireland economy.

"Long-term investments by the harbour and by key port users such as Stena Line have delivered significant benefits to the regional economy. It is particularly pleasing that the roll-on / roll-off traffic has performed so strongly in what is one of the most competitive sectors in the port industry. "

Liquid Bulk total imports in 2012 remained steady compared with the previous year, with 2.1 million tonnes handled. Container traffic fell back by 5% to 123,000 boxes as consumer demand continued to soften. Construction related trades such as timber also continued to decline. Timber imports fell for the seventh year in a row, down by 9%.

On a more positive note, there was some indication of a recovery in activity in Northern Ireland's manufacturing base with steel imports rising by 11% to 128,000 tonnes, the highest level since 2008.

Passenger numbers using the port's ferry services also increased by 11% to almost 1.4 million, reflecting the growing popularity of 'holidays at home' and major boosts to Northern Ireland's tourist sector with the opening of Titanic Belfast and the new Giant's Causeway visitor centre. The 'Titanic' effect was even more evident in the cruise sector with 45 ships and 75,000 visitors calling at Belfast in 2012 – a rise of 40% since 2011.

Joe O'Neill, Belfast Harbour's Commercial Director added: "While the overall trend in tonnages handled is positive, the harbour is ever mindful that the wider economic outlook remains challenging. The record level of trade handled in 2012 was a direct consequence of a major investment programme; similar investments will be required for the long-term competitiveness of the port.

"For example, the trend for ever larger vessels plus Belfast's growing popularity as a cruiseship destination – bookings for 2013 are already up by over 25% - will require further investments in the port's deep water facilities to accommodate demand.

"Belfast Harbour will also continue to pursue major marine projects such as the development of a £50m, 50-acre offshore wind farm terminal for DONG Energy."

Published in Belfast Lough
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