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Boat name to honour man killed in the Cork air crash

By John Mulgrew

One of two new Co Antrim-built boats bought by Belfast Harbour in a deal worth £1.4m will be named after a former colleague killed in the Cork air crash.

Captain Michael Evans was one of six people killed when the Manx2.com plane crashed trying to land in thick fog in 2011.

Belfast Harbour has now bought two new 16.5m vessels from Cushendall-based Red Bay Boats.

And it will name one of the new boats after its late colleague.

Trevor Anderson, Belfast Harbour's operations director, said it was "a poignant moment for the wider harbour family as the vessel is named after our former and much missed colleague".

"Recent investments of £100m in dredging and infrastructure have enabled Belfast Harbour to handle significantly larger cargo and cruise vessels.

"The new more multi-functional pilot boats will play a vital role in servicing these larger vessels, which now regularly call at the port".

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