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Episode 2

We catch up with crane operator Ryan on a windy day at the container terminal. When the winds are too strong, the cranes must cease operation and Ryan can’t do anything but wait. The coxswains and pilots have no other choice but to face the weather. Pilot Liam has steered the vessel Afalina out to open water, but he must get back to land by climbing onto coxswain Paul’s pilot boat – while both vessels are still moving! Belfast Harbour Police Constable Gloria does a speed check on the ever-busy harbour streets. It’s not long before she stops a driver, who is well over the 30mph speed limit. We return to Harland & Wolff, where we left the workers protesting at the yard’s gates in a bid to save their jobs. This week, we’re with the workers as they return to work, after their occupation led to a buyer for the yard. Later, electrical engineer Robert carries out checks on one of the epic cranes, Samson. After nine weeks of occupation, he needs to make sure that everything is still in working order. Surprisingly, there’s a nature reserve in the heart of the harbour. We meet Chris at Belfast’s Window on Wildlife, who needs to maintain the site to encourage the harbour birds to spend their days there. Back at the container terminal we see the arrival of new, state-of-the-art semi-automated cranes from China. They mark a new future for the workers, who’ll be able to operate the cranes from an office. After seeing a group of volunteers at Lagan Search and Rescue leap into action for a training exercise, we see them on high alert for real at the annual Halloween Monster Mash, along with the Harbour Police. Luckily the night goes off without a hitch, and our heroes get to enjoy the fireworks at the end of the evening.


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