About Us

The Gateway to Ireland

Established in 1847, Belfast Harbour is Belfast’s port authority and operates the principal maritime gateway on the island of Ireland. The harbour estate covers an area of 2,000 acres representing 20% of Belfast City area and is also Northern Ireland’s logistics and distribution hub and home to major businesses including Baker McKenzie, Harland & Wolff, Capita, CitiGroup and Bombardier.

About Belfast Harbour

Belfast Harbour is the region’s primary gateway for trade, services and tourism, handling more than two thirds of the imports and exports that come into and out of Northern Ireland by sea.

We are committed to developing a world leading regional Port, utilising leading edge technology and sustainable energy solutions to unlock new levels of safety, productivity and profitability for everyone.

Covering an area of 2,000 acres, representing 20% of Belfast City area, the Harbour Estate is home to high-quality commercial and residential real estate, and a diverse community of businesses in sectors such as financial and IT services, R&D, film production, engineering, and aerospace manufacturing, employing more than 27,000 people.

A major contributor to the economy in Northern Ireland, Belfast Harbour Commissioners has played a key role in the development and progress of the city since its inception in 1847. A significant programme of strategic investments over the last decade continues to create jobs, stimulate growth and aid the region’s socio-economic recovery, with more than £254m of ongoing investment committed to the development of Port and Estate infrastructure up to 2023.As a Trust Port, we reinvest our profits into port future-proofing projects, world class developments and public space, helping to create a gateway to opportunity for local communities and businesses and for future generations.