6. Belfast Harbour
- Chief executive: Joe O’Neill
- Pre-tax profits: £65.8m
- Employment: 148
- Pay bill: £8.1m
Belfast Harbour handled a record 24.6 million tonnes in 2018, representing 70% of all Northern Ireland’s seaborne trade and around 20% of the entire island.
In recent years sectors such as aggregates, wind farm machinery, freight, ferry passengers and cruise visits have performed strongly.
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The Harbour Estate is also a major driver of Northern Ireland’s economy with over 700 firms based there and 27,000 people working and being educated within.
Belfast Harbour is also a major investor in infrastructure. In the past decade the Harbour has invested £250m in new marine facilities and the regeneration of the estate.
Last year £52m was invested in new capital projects. By the end of 2019 Belfast Harbour will have invested £120m in City Quays and developed 450,000 sq ft of Grade A office space. City Quays 1 and 2 are already complete and planning approval has been granted for the £50m City Quays 3.
In 2017 Belfast Harbour opened a new 120,000 sq ft purpose built film studio, workshop and office space at the Northern Foreshore. It has also acquired the Obel 68 office, let to Allen & Overy.
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