Port information

Belfast Harbour (c) Belfast Harbour Commissioners


Established in 1847, Belfast Harbour is Northern Ireland’s largest port handling 70% of the region’s seaborne trade. This includes 80% of Northern Ireland’s oil and petroleum imports and 1.4 million ferry passengers each year. Belfast Harbour is the largest ferry port in Northern Ireland handling 500,000 freight vehicles per year on the Stena Line services to Cairnryan, Liverpool and Heysham.
Belfast Harbour is the largest cruise port in Northern Ireland with over 140,000 visitors each year. The Harbour Estate covers an area of 2,000 acres, representing 20% of the Belfast city area.
Belfast Harbour has realised substantial growth in the number of cruise ships calling each year with 82 ship calls in 2016. The port can handle up to 3 cruise ships per day with the largest ship handled to date being the 330m Royal Princess.

The Harbour has the longest deepwater quay in Ireland at 1 kilometre in length with a draft of 10.2 metres.

Port attractions

  1.  Titanic Belfast

    Recently awarded the title of The World's Number 1 Visitor Attraction, Titanic Belfast has been a phenomenal success since opening in 2012 on the site from which Titanic launched
  2.  Giant's Causeway

    Easily Belfast's most popular Shore Excursion tour and with over 850,000 visitors each year deserves it's title as Northern Ireland most popular visitor attraction
  3.  Hillsborough Castle

    The Royal Family's official residence in Northern Ireland has recently come under the management of Historic Royal Palaces and easily Belfast's fastest growing shore ex tour

Port views

Port facts

Nautical information

Max. Length For Berth, M:
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More Info Draught:
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No Restrictions
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Passenger Terminal:
Pilotage Compulsary:
as regulation
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Are ships allowed burn HFO using:
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LNG bunkering supply to cruise vessels:
Supplying alternative fuels:
Reception Facilities for Contaminated Ballast Water:
Reception Facilities for Waste Oils:
Passengers by Source in 2023
Calls 2023

Onshore Power

Onshore Power
OPS (Onshore Power System)
Shore power within the next 5 years
Defined Compatibility Assessment process for each berth and ship combination to IEC/IEEE 80005-1
Information/documentation from the ship for the port before the first connection
Additional requirements for first-time connectio/max. duration between connections before process reapplies
Connection Time
Connection time from all fast to full operational SSE (Shore Side Electricity)
Disconnection time
Uninterrupted power supply guaranteed by shore power provider whilst connected
Restrictions / Penalties / Insurance
Weather conditions/restrictions/other limitations for safe use of SSE
Penalties in case of failure to connect by the ship: weather/itinerary changes/technical issues
Insurance covering any potential damage caused by the SSE
Port Fees
Utility standard/usage fees in addition to kWh rate
Tax/duty fees applicable
Other fees related to shore power
Useful Information
Discounts/incentives linked to shore power usage
Berthing policy linked to shore power usage
Confirmation time of the vessel for planned shore power usage before ETA

Port contacts


Gary Hall, Commercial Executive
Belfast Harbour. Corporation Square
BT13AL Belfast
United Kingdom
0044 2890554422


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Page last updated: 2023-11-08 11:59


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