Rising tonnages have helped increase turnover at Belfast Harbour according to the Port's 2010 Annual Report published today. Trade through Northern Ireland's largest port has grown for the first time in three years, up 5.4% to 16.4m tonnes. This was reflected in an improved Turnover, up 5% to £34.7m. Profits Before Taxation stood at £17.4m.
Belfast Harbour today launched the 2011 Green Teacher of the Year Awards 2011 and is calling on all primary school pupils to help find Northern Ireland's 'greenest teacher'. Organised by Belfast Harbour and Action Renewables, the unique competition aims to reward primary school teachers for showing environmental leadership and taking responsibility for the environment.
Belfast Harbour and the Titanic Foundation have launched a competition for primary school pupils to create Titanic-themed models out of everyday household items. Up for grabs will be exclusive access to the new Titanic Belfast visitor attraction opening next year. Pictured at the competition launch in front of the new Titanic Belfast visitor attraction are Webster, the Port's environmental guardian with the CEO of Belfast Harbour Roy Adair, CEO of Titanic Foundation, Cliodhna Craig and Liam Kelly and Anna Pollock from Ballyholland Primary School in Newry. Ballyholland Primary School's Year 7 class are leading the way by making their own prototype models for the launch. Teachers are being asked to register now at: www.webstersays.com
The Permanent Secretary at the UK's Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), Moira Wallace, has visited Belfast Harbour to learn more about its plans to develop a £40m terminal for DONG Energy, one of the world's leading offshore wind developers. Ms Wallace met with Executives from both the Harbour and Invest Northern Ireland to discuss the project which will help the UK reach its target of generating 30% of all electricity from renewable sources by 2020. As part of that process almost 11,000 wind turbines are expected to be constructed in UK waters over the next 20 years.
Belfast Harbour has published its new Corporate Plan for 2011-2013, detailing plans to invest £92m in capital projects related to the Port and Harbour Estate. The single largest investment is a £40m proposal to develop a Marine Energy Park to support Danish-based DONG Energy's offshore wind farm operations in the Irish Sea and boost Belfast's 'green economy'.
It was with great sadness and that Belfast Harbour received the news of the loss of our friend and colleague, Captain Michael Evans, in the air crash at Cork Airport on Thursday 10th February. Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael's wife and family. Michael will be greatly missed by all of his friends within Belfast Harbour.
DONG Energy have signed a letter of intent for an agreement which could make Belfast one of the UK's leading renewable energy hubs.
Belfast was revealed yesterday as being Number 2 in the Top 10 UK cities for foreign direct investment according to the UK Trade & Investment Department. During a visit to to Belfast, Lord Green, the Coalition Government's first Trade Minister was eager to learn about developments in the renewable energy sector from business leaders and Belfast Harbour Commissioners, as he underlined the government's focus on growth and job creation as critical to economic recovery. Based on figures from Ernst and Young, Belfast is ranked as the UK's second most attractive city after London, particularly in the technology and financial services sectors.
Trade through Belfast Harbour is on the up again for the first time in three years. Figures published today by the Port reveal that tonnages during 2010 grew by over 5% to stand at 16.5m tonnes. Tonnages had previously fallen by 10% since 2007 in the wake of the global credit crunch.