Shipping in Belfast Port
Belfast Harbour is Northern Ireland’s main port, handling approximately 70% of the region and 20% of the entire Island of Ireland’s sea borne trade each year. The Belfast Harbour Estate also accommodates a number of major businesses including George Best Belfast City Airport, Harland and Wolff, Bombardier Aerospace, Odyssey, Titanic Quarter including Titanic Studios and Titanic Belfast. Over 700 firms are located within the estate, employing 23,000 people. This case study will critically evaluate the opportunities and challenges for ports and shipping under the Blue Growth agenda, using Belfast Port as a living lab. The case study will use a transition management approach to help develop a new mode of governance for sustainable development within Belfast Port. This will be centred on ‘action research’ which will involve preparing and organising meetings and engaging in discussions around sustainability with local stakeholders. This case study is being led by Queens University Belfast.