The Port community in Belfast has demonstrated remarkable resilience during the past six months, which has enabled it to operate successfully through the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Chair of Belfast Harbour.
Speaking at Belfast Harbour’s Annual Stakeholder Meeting, David Dobbin said that while its business had not been immune to the impact of COVID-19, it continues to be vitally important that the Port remains open, as two thirds of what comes into Northern Ireland by sea comes through Belfast Harbour.
“Belfast Harbour and its Port facilities have remained open for business and continued to operate safely and effectively, throughout the entire pandemic, operating every day, on a 24/7 basis.
“I want to thank and pay tribute to the work of Belfast Harbour staff, our logistics partners and customers, and the wider port community who together have showed real resilience in keeping the port open for business and supply chains running,” he said.
Chief Executive Joe O’Neill also confirmed at the meeting – which was held virtually for the first time – that Belfast Harbour remained committed to the £115.7m of investments in significant projects announced previously, as these projects would be critical enablers of Northern Ireland’s Covid-19 recovery.
The meeting also heard from Ellvena Graham, Chair of the Economic Advisory Group for Northern Ireland, which has been created to work with Economy Minister Diane Dodds on plans to rebuild the economy.
Ms Graham told attendees that the 11-member group was taking in a broad spectrum of views from the business community on the economic challenges facing Northern Ireland and the measures that need to be taken to get it back on track.