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Belfast Harbour Reveals Ambitious Growth Plans

first_imgOver the longer term the ambition is to significantly enhance the Port’s capacity to attract new trade and manage the next generation of shipping by deepening the Victoria Channel and developing new quays and wharves. Belfast Harbour also wants to create an iconic waterfront district with attractive public spaces that is integrated into the rest of the city. This will potentially include new cross-harbour bridges, a water taxi service and opportunities for new tourism, leisure and cultural projects. Sea News, September 18 The 2019-2023 Strategic Plan together with an outlook through to 2035 were publicly launched at Belfast Harbour’s Annual Stakeholder Meeting today. The plan focuses on increased collaboration and partnerships with key city stakeholders to drive growth and regeneration in Belfast’s waterfront. The projects planned over the next five years will lay the foundation for even more substantial “once-in-a-generation” investments. Detailed in Belfast Harbour’s ‘2035 Outlook’ these long-term proposals include schemes to deepen the Port’s shipping channel to accommodate larger vessels, to create new deep-water quays, the completion of the 2million sq ft City Quays development and the creation of a new globally recognised science and technology hub at Catalyst Inc. During 2019-2023 Belfast Harbour plans to invest £254 million upgrading its cranes and material handling equipment, installing new ramps to accommodate larger vessels and building new storage facilities. Work will also begin on digital ‘Smart Port’ initiatives to provide greater automation and a new unified system to coordinate cargo and shipping communications. Belfast Harbour has also set out plans to be one of the world’s most sustainable ports by deploying new technologies to improve air quality, reduce fuel consumption and reduce emissions. The Port will “digitise, decarbonise and decentralise” its energy usage by providing shore-side power for vessels and creating a green micro-energy grid throughout Belfast Harbour Estate. “We want to become the world’s best regional port and create an iconic waterfront district for Belfast which will be an attractive place to live, work, visit and invest in. This will bring huge benefits for our customers, the regional economy and all our citizens. We can’t deliver our ambitious plans by ourselves which is why a partnership approach is a key part of our strategy. If Northern Ireland is going to be competitive on the global stage then we need to work together, collaborate more and invest in key infrastructure. “Our strategy, however, is not just about physical infrastructure; we want to use our resources and expertise to develop partnership initiatives that build Northern Ireland’s capacity for economic growth. These will include projects to target new port trades, skills programmes to support employers, a Global Innovation Institute to encourage R&D and an accelerator programme to stimulate innovative business. “Over the next 5 years Belfast Harbour intend to invest £254 million in new Port and estate infrastructure and facilities. This major investment programme is really only possible because of our Trust Port status which allows us to reinvest every penny of our net earnings back into the business.” “Belfast Harbour has been enabling local businesses to succeed and trade with the outside world since it began over 400 years ago. The purpose of our plans is to make sure we are fit for purpose to handle and benefit from the technological, economic and social changes taking place in the 21st century. “Belfast City Council’s aim is to accommodate 66,000 new residents, create 46,000 additional jobs, and develop 550,000 sq m of employment floor space by 2035. Belfast Harbour’s proposals will be pivotal in helping meet those targets.center_img Belfast Harbour has announced its ambition to become the best regional port in the world and create an iconic waterfront for Belfast that will be an attractive place for people to live, work and visit as well as a hub for inward investment and tourism. Joe O’Neill, Belfast Harbour’s CEO, said: “Belfast Harbour is currently working with a wide range of partners such as Belfast City Council, Department for Infrastructure, Catalyst Inc and our two Universities, NI Screen, Titanic Quarter and Titanic Foundation so that we can accomplish more. Over the course of the coming months we are looking forward to launching joint initiatives that will support the development of new trade, tourism and tradeable services opportunities. As part of the plan the Port has committed £254 million of investment to deliver new marine and estate infrastructure. Research from Ulster University’s Economic Policy Centre has concluded that these investments will generate 7,000 new jobs and support a further 3,500 construction jobs generating £500 million gross value added for the Northern Ireland economy and an additional £300 million per annum in wages and £4 million in rates to the city each year. Speaking at the meeting, Belfast Harbour’s Chairman, David Dobbin, said: “Undoubtedly our plans will evolve and change over time, but the strategy sets out our long-term direction of travel. By 2035 our vision is to transform the Port and Belfast’s waterfront, boost trade and make an even more significant contribution to Northern Ireland’s economy.” A number of real estate projects will also be completed, including City Quays 4, a 250-apartment build-to-rent development; Pierpont Plaza, a five-storey office facility at Catalyst Inc; additional new film studios and a media hub at Giant’s Park and new public realm space. “These plans are among the most ambitious to be put forward in the Port’s history, but the challenges and opportunities of the future demand a new approach. Author: Baibhav Mishralast_img read more

Man pleads no contest in desert hit-and-run

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“We couldn’t determine if he was outside or inside the white line on the roadway. The location where this occurred, it was dark, no lights. It would have been difficult for anyone to see the victim.” Eisele was charged in the Aug. 21, 2005, death of 65-year-old Russell Attwood of Lancaster, whose body was found near the Lancaster landfill after a 31/2-hour search because Eisele had driven to a friend’s house before calling authorities and didn’t know where he had hit him. California Highway Patrol officers said they got a call about 2:45 a.m. Aug. 21 from Eisele saying he thought he had hit someone on Challenger Way near Avenue F, which is 11/2 miles from where the dead man was found. CHP officers and sheriff’s deputies searched up and down the two-lane road looking for a victim. A passenger who had been in Eisele’s vehicle went along with them to try to point out the spot where the man had been hit. The body was found just after 6 a.m. on Division Street near Avenue F-6, CHP officers said. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A drunk-driving suspect accused of hitting a man walking at night on a desert road pleaded no contest Wednesday to a vehicular-manslaughter charge. Leevon Eisele, 28, of Quartz Hill surrendered Wednesday to start serving a 360-day jail sentence and will be formally sentenced in April 2007 to ensure that he serves his entire sentence, prosecutors said. Eisele pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence but with intoxication. He was given the jail term plus three years’ probation and will be ordered to make restitution, the amount of which will be determined at a later hearing, prosecutors said. “There was some question about where the victim was when he was struck by the car,” Deputy District Attorney Kelly Cromer said. last_img read more