99. Belfast Harbour Comm.
Managing director: Roy Adair
Pre-tax profit: £20.1m
Belfast Port is Northern Ireland’s leading maritime gateway and the principal logistics and distribution hub. Located within its 2,000 acre estate are local businesses such as Harland & Wolff, Bombardier Aerospace Shorts, George Best Belfast City Airport, the Northern Ireland Science Park and Titanic Quarter, the development plans for which will make it one of Europe’s leading waterfront building projects.
With 1.3 million passengers and 300,000 freight units annually, it is the region’s busiest port and is the leading port for dry bulk commodities. More than 80% of the region’s petroleum and oil products are handled by the port.
The port reported that for 2009 volumes through the port were down. Tonnage dropped by 4.4% although it noted that this was significantly better outcome than most other Irish ports, some of which saw declines of up to 18% and it had experienced growth in some key areas.
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