Webster warms up for the Olympics

The spectacular schools programme Webster's WaterWorks, had an Olympic twist on May 25th when hundreds of schoolchildren had the chance to play two iconic pieces with Olympian themes alongside the Ulster Orchestra. The special concert, developed by the Ulster Orchestra's Education Department for Belfast Harbour, saw 550 Key Stage 2 pupils from 12 Belfast schools pack the Ulster Hall to play along with the Orchestra on instruments they had created themselves from recycled materials during workshops at their schools. The concert programme for the day included the Grammy award-winning Olympic Fanfare and Theme written by John Williams and the Oscar-winning Chariots of Fire score composed by Vangelis.

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Lough to Lagan Flotilla

The largest flotilla of yachts ever assembled in Belfast Lough took place on Sunday, 6th May to help officially open Belfast Harbour's new marina. Over 60 boats sailed up the Lough into the new facility at Abercorn Basin in the heart of Titanic Quarter. The event, organised by Belfast Harbour, began at 12 noon when 60 yachts and motorboats from across Northern Ireland congregated at the centre of Belfast Lough. They were then led into Belfast Harbour by the RNLI and a Harbour pilot boat, before disembarking at the marina for a BBQ.

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Moat Primary School in Lisnaskea has sailed ahead of the opposition to win a Titanic-themed junk modelling competition organised by Belfast Harbour and Titanic Foundation Ltd. Using everyday household items the Fermanagh Year Seven pupils created a stunning five foot cardboard and polystyrene replica of the Titanic, complete with decking made from matchsticks and ships' cranes from bottle tops. Their Titanic junk effort was judged to be top entry in the Northern Ireland-wide competition with attracted almost 500 entries from 100 schools.

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Belfast Harbour reports record tonnages

Belfast Harbour handled a record 17.644m tonnes of cargo last year. Although this is the first time tonnages have risen above 17m since 2007, the Harbour believes that growth opportunities in traditional trades remains subdued.

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Environmental 'Top of the Class'

Belfast Harbour has been revealed as the top scoring company in the 13th Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey, announced today by Business in the Community's ARENA Network campaign. The Survey, carried out by ARENA Network and supported by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, annually assesses top businesses in Northern Ireland for environmental management, performance and assurance.

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Work Under Way at Harbour's Largest Investment Project

A £50m investment by Belfast Harbour to develop a new terminal for the assembly of offshore wind turbines is providing a major boost for the Northern Ireland construction and aggregate sectors. The project, the largest ever in the Harbour's 400-year history, will create 150 construction jobs and generate demand for one million tonnes of stone from local quarries.

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'Green Teacher 2011 Crowned'

A primary school teacher from Ballyclare has been named Belfast Harbour Green Teacher of the Year 2011 at an exciting Challenge Day at W5 attended by The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile. Mr McAllister, from Fairview Primary School, Ballyclare, scooped the top prize in the Northern Ireland-wide search for the primary school teacher who showed most leadership and took most responsibility for the environment.

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Planning Application lodged for City Quays

Belfast Harbour has announced plans for a £250m 'City Quays' development in the heart of Belfast's historical maritime district. City Quays represents the latest stage in the ongoing transformation of Belfast's waterfront and is the strategic lynchpin to interconnect other developments initiated by Laganside such as Lanyon Place, and those at Cathedral Quarter, Odyssey and Titanic Quarter.

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The Boat Factory

Belfast Harbour is delighted to welcome audiences attending The Boat Factory to the Harbour Office during its run from 20th October to 29th October. The play written by Dan Gordon and directed by Philip Crawford forms part of The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's. Parking is available for those attending the performance at Donegall Quay and is signposted with Belfast Harbour Event signage.

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£6M Concourse Development to Accommodate 500 Jobs

The Northern Ireland Science Park (NISP) has confirmed plans to expand its facilities by almost a third, providing additional space for up to 500 knowledge workers. The new facility, the second of three buildings known as 'The Concourse', will be purchased upon completion by Belfast Harbour as an investment property. The £6 million investment includes a sharing of security between Belfast Harbour, the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment and Barclays Bank which had previously provided a loan facility for Concourse I.

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