Belfast Harbour, Northern Ireland's largest port, has reported improved turnover and profit during 2010-2011. The data, contained in the Harbour's latest Annual Report, shows a 2% rise in Profit before Taxation to £17.8m and a 4% increase in Turnover to £36.1m.
A double Olympic gold medal winner and former world champion is leading a strong international field of sailors travelling to Belfast to take part in what is set to be one of the largest Dragon Class yachting events of its kind. Sponsored by Belfast Harbour, Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club is hosting the 2012 Edinburgh Cup, the UK Dragon Boat Championships, which will take place on Belfast Lough from 4th July-7th July.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Ã“ 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.
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.