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Dover MP Concerned of Brexit Impact on Key British PortsDover MP Concerned of Brexit Impact on Key British Ports
Added: 29 Mar 2017
Daily Express
Joe Barnes
28 March 2017

THE MP for Dover has expressed his concern over the impact of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union on the country’s key ports.

Charlie Elphicke warned of a backlog in lorries because of extensive customs checks if the Prime Minister cannot secure a deal with the bloc’s leaders.
The Conservative Remain supporter, however, declared the European divorce an opportunity to bring vital investment to British ports, instead of the Government spending money in Calais.
Cabinet ministers have previously been given detailed warnings that the UK pulling out of the EU’s custom union could lead to a dramatic fall in GDP and risk the clogging up of trade through Britain’s ports.
Responding to Mr Elphicke, during Prime Minister’s Questions, Theresa May insisted the Government will continue to invest in Dover to ensure it is ready for Brexit.

Charlie Elphicke expressed concern for British ports post-Brexit
It is clear we all hope for a deal, but we have to be prepared for every eventuality
Charlie Elphicke
“The Home Office will be looking very closely at what measures need to be in place for Brexit for those coming across the border into Dover,” she said.
Discussing the issue before Mrs May is set to trigger Article 50 on Wednesday, the Dover MP told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme British ports had to be “prepared” for the eventuality the Prime Minister cannot strike a customs deal with Brussels.
“It is clear we all hope for a deal, but we have to be prepared for every eventuality – including customs and tariffs,” he said.
“We have to be ready on day one, whatever happens, at the Dover frontline.”

Mr Elphicke added: “The first thing you have to do is make sure you have got sufficient investment in infrastructure and we’re prepared with resilience in the road… We’ve invested tens of millions in Calais, we need to invest in Dover as well.
“Secondly, we need to make sure we are ready for customs on day one, ready to process these things and we have electronic bills of lading – and then, in two years time, we can process efficiently and seamlessly.”
Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, claimed the European Union and Britain will face “severe consequences” if Britain leaves the bloc without a deal.
Writing in the Financial Times, he said he would like to see an “orderly withdrawal” and hopes for an “ambitious trade agreement” to be struck after Mrs May triggers Article 50.
Previously, the Prime Minister has said “no deal” is better than a “bad deal”, signalling her intention to walk away from the negotiating table if a sufficient deal is not concluded.

Mr Barnier said: “It goes without saying that a no-deal scenario, while a distinct possibility, would have severe consequences for our people and our economies. It would undoubtedly leave the UK worse off.
“Severe disruption to air transport and long queues at the Channel Port of Dover are just some of the many examples of the negative consequences of failing to reach a deal. 
“Others include the disruption of supply chains, including the suspension of delivery of nuclear material to the UK.
“While the 27 member states will find it easier to adjust – as they will benefit from the single market, customs union and more than 60 trade deals with their international partners – we believe it is in the best interests of both sides to reach a deal on the UK’s orderly withdrawal from the EU.”
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Misfortunes of a Ship Called "Fame"Misfortunes of a Ship Called "Fame"
Added: 29 Mar 2017
The Times
Simon de Bruxelles
29 March 2017

The ship went down in a storm in 1631 after being driven on to a sandbank at the entrance to Poole Harbour
She was one of the largest and most magnificent ships of her age, but for 400 years her identity was forgotten.
The rudder post of the Dutch merchantman, which capsized at the entrance to Poole Harbour, was 28ft tall and topped with the carved head of a warrior. It was among ornate timbers from the 17th-century wreck recovered by marine archaeologists in 2013.

The wreck was discovered by a dredger in 1990, but it is only after years of painstaking research that Ian Friel, a historian, has been able to tell her story.
She was called The Fame and sank in February 1631 en route from Hoorn in the Netherlands to the West Indies. The ship went down in a storm after being driven on…
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Councillors Unanimously Back North East Harbour Investment After Nigg RowCouncillors Unanimously Back North East Harbour Investment After Nigg Row
Added: 29 Mar 2017
The Press and Journal
Joshua King
29 March 2017

Aberdeenshire Council invests millions in Nigg Harbour – but only £130,000 in smaller north-east ports

A north-east councillor who accused the local authority of prioritising cruise ship tourism over maintaining historic harbours has welcomed fresh investment.

Vancouver Port Looking to Plant Eelgrass Beds as Habitat Enhancement ProjectVancouver Port Looking to Plant Eelgrass Beds as Habitat Enhancement Project
Added: 25 Mar 2017
Delta Optimist
Ian Jacques
24 March 2017

The Port of Vancouver is hosting an open house early next month to discuss its proposed habitat enhancement project.

The Port of Vancouver is proposing to plant eelgrass beds near the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal in the hopes of increasing the diversity of fish and wildlife in the area.
The proposed project is part of the port’s habitat enhancement program and is currently in the design, permitting and approvals stage.
The two proposed sites are on Roberts Bank, south of the ferry terminal. They are subtidal sites bordered to the north by a recreational boating channel and are surrounded by eelgrass meadows to the south and east.
Creation of these eelgrass beds would be accomplished by constructing rock containment berms followed by the placement of suitable substrate material and transplanting of eelgrass.
Completion of the project’s regulatory review is anticipated by summer, with work possibly starting in late summer or early fall.
To mitigate potential impacts to fish and wildlife habitat, the works would be scheduled to occur within the least-risk work window for Roberts Bank. Transplanting of donor stock eelgrass would take place during the summer of 2018 and 2019.
In the Pacific Northwest, local studies suggest that fish communities within eelgrass habitats are more diverse and abundant compared to areas that don’t have eelgrass. Eelgrass is said to provide an important habitat for fish and wildlife, including juvenile salmon, Pacific herring, Dungeness crab, migrating brant geese, shrimp and sea stars.
In 2008, the B.C. Transmission Corp. funded a similar eelgrass habitat compensation project near the ferry terminal.

The port is proposing to construct Terminal 2, a second three-berth container port at Roberts Bank.

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Cardiff Boater "Drunk" While in Charge of a YachtCardiff Boater "Drunk" While in Charge of a Yacht
Added: 25 Mar 2017
ITV News
24 March 2017

A Cardiff boater has been fined after he admitted failing to have control of his vessel while ’drunk’.
In the first prosecution of its kind by Cardiff Harbour Authority, a court was told Nicholas Hodges’ yacht Lutra was seen being navigated erratically in Cardiff Bay on its way back to his mooring in Cardiff Marina.
Cardiff Magistrates’ Court heard that Hodges then needed help from harbour staff to moor his boat on January 8th this year. A police statement submitted to court said that Hodges was drunk.
Hodges admitted two breaches of Cardiff Harbour Authority byelaws – that he failed to have proper control and navigation of his boat whilst under the influence of drink and that he failed to navigate with care and consideration and caused nuisance and excessive wash to others.

Hodges, of Watkiss Way, Cardiff, was fined £300 for each offence and ordered to pay costs of £200 and a £30 victim surcharge. He apologised to the court.
Harbour Master Andrew Vye-Parminter said after the case: “Safety on the water is a priority for the Harbour Authority and while we want everyone to enjoy the Bay, water and alcohol don’t mix.”
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Public Meetings Arranged on New £48.5 Million Isles FerryPublic Meetings Arranged on New £48.5 Million Isles Ferry
Added: 23 Mar 2017
The Press and Journal
22 March 2017

Public meetings on the introduction of a new £48.5million ferry for the Western Isles are being held next month.
The MV Hebrides is set to be replaced on the Skye triangle routes late next year.
But the new ship is too big for each of her three service harbours requiring million of pounds to be spent in improvement works.
Before she can be put into service, three piers at each of her voyage ports have to be strengthened to accommodate her larger bulk.
The 102-metre long “green” dual fuel ship will be powered on the liquefied natural gas (LNG) which is cleaner than the traditional marine diesel her engines can also operate on.
Highland Council which owns Uig harbour in the north of Skye – the mainland landfall port for the ferry – proposes spending £23million on a new pier as the new-build is too big for the existing structure.
The authority warns ferry berthing charges will be increased to pay for strengthening works.
Meanwhile, engineers have been hired to draw up the redesign of the two Western Isles harbours.
Mooring arrangements, fendering, vehicle marshalling, access roads and footpaths at Lochmaddy and Tarbert are all in line for redesign and improvement.
Tarbert pier is owned by Cmal while the Lochmaddy ferry terminal belongs to Western Isles Council.
An agreement is in place for Cmal manage the development and delivery of required works at Lochmaddy on the islands’ council’s behalf.
Lorna Spencer, Cmal’s director of harbours, said: “The meetings are an opportunity for local communities to find out the latest information on the new ferry construction, as well as discussions around harbour infrastructure improvements.”

The work to identify harbour requirements will be completed this summer.

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£800,000 Fund Available to Improve Harbour Facilities and Boost Fishing Industry£800,000 Fund Available to Improve Harbour Facilities and Boost Fishing Industry
Added: 23 Mar 2017
Dorset Echo
Alexandra Cook
21 March 2017

FISHING industries along the Jurassic Coast could receive an economic boost as an £800,000 fund opens for applications.
The Dorset and East Devon Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) fund has officially launched to enhance the economic growth of coastal communities from Swanage to Beer.
The money was secured by the Dorset Coast Forum and Dorset County Council following a lengthy bid process to the Marine Management Organisation for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.
The newly-formed local action group will see representatives from within the industries invest the money in fishing and related aquaculture projects to boost the local economy.
Joe Miller, of Swanage and district fishermen’s association, said: "The award of the FLAG for the area will hopefully see the facilities around local harbours be brought up to date. It is clear from the work of previous FLAG’s in other areas that there are some great benefits available and I hope that the Dorset and East Devon FLAG can bring similar benefits here."
Through local consultations the needs of coastal communities have been assesses and laid out as the Local Development Strategy (LDS).
Local representatives and industry experts will make funding decisions for projects that best meet the needs set out in the LDS
Dorset County Council cabinet member for the environment Peter Finney said: "The FLAG will go a long way to assisting the local fishing communities increase their economic resilience and improve their sustainability moving forward. This fund will allow local people to be involved in projects that will enhance the fisheries and aquaculture sector in the area."
Through the LDS the FLAG also seeks to support the implementation of Common Fisheries Policy reforms.
FLAG coordinator Rhiannon Jones said: "This fund is a great opportunity for local people in the fisheries related sectors to have a say in how eligible projects could help develop the FLAG area’s economy. The FLAG board have a wealth of knowledge and experience in these sectors and with their expertise we hope to make a real difference to the fishing industry."
The fund is now open for applications from organisations, businesses and individuals.
Those wishing to apply to should visit or call 01305 224833.

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Mylor Yacht Harbour Consulting Over Plans to Extend MarinaMylor Yacht Harbour Consulting Over Plans to Extend Marina
Added: 23 Mar 2017
Falmouth Packet
Helen Dale
21 March 2017

Mylor Yacht Harbour has begun widespread consultation into a project which could see more than £1 million invested in a "small and sensitive" extension to its existing marina.

Both a formal and informal consultation process is being held well in advance of MYH submitting a full planning application for a scheme which could provide berths for 30 extra boats. This would meet customer demand while supporting the future sustainability of the harbour, the related services and the associated employment it provides.

The historic harbour is a thriving marine centre with high demand for services and managing director Neil Salter stresses that any expansion will retain all the factors which make it the Cornish jewel it is today – attracting sailors and other visitors from Cornwall and across the world.

“The extension we’re proposing is fairly modest and we anticipate that it would enhance the site whilst not changing the views, the ambience or making any significant demands on either the environment or the shore-side infrastructure," said Neil.

“We’ve been carefully considering what this project could look like for a long time and we’re keen to ensure that there are no adverse effects – especially to those who cherish this harbour as much as we do.”

Neil and his team have initially approached Truro and Penryn Harbour Authority, Cornwall Council, Natural England, the Environment Agency, the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty office and the Marine Management Organisation for advice and guidance on the process and to ensure that all environmental and other legislative requirements are met prior to submitting a formal planning application.

“At the same time, we have commenced a program of informal discussions with people who have an interest in Mylor Yacht Harbour,” added Neil. “This includes our customers, local fishermen, neighbours and the community to ensure that we do the right thing. We will also be applying to the MMO for the appropriate licensing before any planning submission and would like to get some good feedback before this takes place.”

Dr Charlotte Marshall, of Natural England, said: “We have had an initial meeting with Mylor Yacht Harbour and have provided advice on the draft proposals including potential impacts to designated sites.”
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Sam Enjoys His work Experience at PortSam Enjoys His work Experience at Port
Added: 20 Mar 2017
The Argus
19 March 2017

OFFERING work experience can be a key issue for many businesses.
This week Sam Murray from Shoreham College carried out his work experience week at Shoreham Port.
Sam is in Year 10 and has a keen interest in engineering.
He was excited to learn more about the industry and engineering in ports as well as hearing about other aspects of the business.
Rhys Hutchings, senior engineering manager, said: “Sam showed great interest in the work undertaken within the engineering team and particularly that associated with the various mechanical and electrical elements that form part of the port’s critical infrastructure.”

Sam said: “The cranes felt very high, fortunately I am not too phased by heights!
“It was really interesting seeing the commercial vessels.”

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New Partnership Supporting Fishing Industry Sets SailNew Partnership Supporting Fishing Industry Sets Sail
Added: 20 Mar 2017
News Guardian
Davis Sedgwick
17 March 2017

A new local partnership group supporting the fisheries industry has been launched. The Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) is led by Northumberland County Council and supported by North Tyneside Council.Members of the group – along with officers from Northumberland County Council, North Tyneside Council, NIFCA and the Marine Management Organisation – officially signed a commitment to the group in the Old Low Light Building, North Shields, on Thursday. They met the newly appointed FLAG project officer Simon Baxter, a former harbour master for Warkworth Harbour Commission, before going on a short tour of the local fishing quay. The group is one of six in England that have £800,000 European Maritime Fisheries Funding available as a grant to support harbours, ports, fishermen, wholesalers and processors.FLAG is made up of partners from the private, public and voluntary sectors who have an interest and knowledge of the fishing and aquaculture sector. Coun Robert Arckless, chairman of the Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, said: “This new group is excellent news for the north-east’s fishing industry.“It is one of our greatest assets, and it is important that we do everything we can to safeguard it.” North Tyneside Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “I am really pleased that the group has been launched.“In North Tyneside we have fishing communities in Cullercoats and North Shields and it is important that these and others in the region are given the support they need.”

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Major Boost for Boston Barrier as Port Withdraws ObjectionMajor Boost for Boston Barrier as Port Withdraws Objection
Added: 18 Mar 2017
Boston Standard
17 March 2017

The proposed multi-million pound Boston Barrier has received a major boost, with the Port of Boston announcing its full backing. It has formally withdrawn its objection to the Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) application - which basically gives permission for the construction of the barrier - made by the Environment Agency in August 2016.This comes after extensive discussions between the Environment Agency and the Port around the proposed TWAO which will go to a public inquiry next month. The £100 million Boston Barrier will reduce the risk of tidal flooding to more than 17,000 properties in the area. Boston Barrier director Adam Robinson said: “We’re delighted to be working alongside the Port of Boston, the statutory Harbour Authority, to secure consent and enable the delivery of such an important scheme for the town of Boston, following the December 2013 tidal surge where many properties and businesses were affected.”The barrier on the River Witham will be constructed alongside the town’s dock and London Road near Newton’s Corner.The port has agreed that the Environment Agency can provide temporary berthing facilities for use by the Boston fishing fleet during construction of the proposed barrier. They are also working with the agency to ensure that the sequencing of the barrier construction works would allow the port’s operations to continue in a safe and efficient manner throughout the construction programme. Neil Harris, from the Port of Boston, said: “We are pleased to announce that we are fully supportive of the Boston Barrier Scheme that the Environment Agency are promoting for the town of Boston.“We have been working closely with the Environment Agency throughout the optioneering and development phases of the Boston Barrier Scheme and we will continue to work together during the detailed design and construction stage, particularly in relation to ensuring the continued safe navigation of all vessels on the Haven.“There will be some disruption to navigation during key construction activities, but the port is confident these can be managed and kept to a minimum through continued partnership working with the Environment Agency and their contractor. Safety of navigation will be a priority at all times.”The Public Inquiry for the proposed Transport and Works Act Order starts on April 19 at the Boston Barrier Hub, Marsh Lane, PE21 7PJ.
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Bristol has a Starring Role in New Ronan Keating FilmBristol has a Starring Role in New Ronan Keating Film
Added: 18 Mar 2017
Bristol Post
N. Banyard
15 March 2017

Bristol features in new Ronan Keating film

Bristol Harbourside is set to shine on cinema screens with the UK premiere of a new film starring Ronan Keating.
We all know just how stunning Bristol Harbourside is, and now the rest of the word will too, as Princes Wharf features in British World War II drama Another Mother’s Son, released in cinemas across the UK on Friday, March 24.

Bristol Harbourside doubles at St Helier Harbour
The movie, starring musician and former Boyzone lead singer Ronan Keating alongside Jenny Seagrove and John Hannah, filmed one of its largest scenes on Bristol’s iconic harbourside in December 2015.
Princes Wharf was used to recreate St Helier Harbour in Jersey and the production set up their unit base for the shoot at Lloyds Amphitheatre.
Produced by Bill Kenwright Films, Another Mother’s Son tells the true story of Louisa Gould and her bravery to protect a young man’s life against the context of the Nazi occupation in Jersey.
From Boyzone to Bristol for Ronan Keating
Another Mother’s Son marks a significant next step in the now firmly established acting career of musician, stage and screen performer, Ronan Keating.
The Irish singer stars alongside British acting luminaries Jenny Seagrove, John Hannah, Amanda Abbington, Peter Wight and Susan Hampshire in this much-anticipated film.

Cements Bristol’s reputation for film production
Laura Pye, Head of Culture for Bristol City Council said: "Bristol Harbour is one of Britain’s most beautiful and historic ports and it’s fantastic to see it serve as a backdrop in one of the largest scenes in Another Mother’s Son.
"It further cements Bristol’s strong reputation for film and TV production and I look forward to seeing the iconic Bristol landmark on the silver screen."

A spokesperson for the film said: "We had a great day shooting outside the M Shed at Princes Wharf during production.
"The quayside by the Balmoral was ideal for our film. The period cranes, the other barges and the great support of the Bristol Film Office and the Harbour Master helped us to achieve fantastic production value for one of our film’s biggest scenes."

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Irvine Harbour Festival of Light Revealed as Scotland’s Best FestivalIrvine Harbour Festival of Light Revealed as Scotland’s Best Festival
Added: 17 Mar 2017
Daily Record
Ross Dunn
15 March 2017

The Scottish Maritime Museum’s ’illumination: Harbour Festival of Light’ was recognised at the inaugural Eventit Awards.

Held at Glasgow’s SECC last week the Irvine museum also took home the Creative Festival Excellence award.
The awards, which took place on Thursday, celebrate the best, most innovative and glamorous of Scotland’s dynamic events and festivals industry.
The festival was also short-listed in the Event Technology Category.

In pictures: Irvine Harbour’s Festival of light sees 15,000 flock to town
David Mann, Director of the Scottish Maritime Museum, says: “We are thrilled to have been recognised by the national Eventit awards particularly given this was our first major festival and we were up against high profile, established national events.
“We created something very special with illumination with the passion and enthusiasm of Fiona Carmichael, our curator of art, and staff at the museum along with our great funders, sponsors, partners, local businesses, community groups and, of course, the thousands of visitors who came out to enjoy the spectacular.
“Our Spotlight art exhibition, which runs until March 30, began what will be another fantastic year of events and exhibitions here.

David Mann, Director of the Scottish Maritime Museum and Fiona Carmichael, curator of art
“We hope, funding allowing, it will culminate in another illumination: Harbour Festival of Light, starting once again on St Andrew’s Day this November. If you haven’t visited the museum before, now’s the time to come along and enjoy what’s on.”
Over 15,000 visitors enjoyed the Scottish Maritime Museum’s four day winter spectacular, illumination: Harbour Festival of Light, which shimmered into life on Irvine’s historic waterfront on St Andrew’s Day.
Illumination, Scotland’s newest art and light winter spectacular, received support as part of the Scotland’s Winter Festivals events programme and also celebrated the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016.
The festival was also made possible by the support of North Ayrshire Council, Creative Scotland, Arts and Business Scotland through a New Arts Sponsorship Grant, Museums Galleries Scotland, Caledonian MacBrayne, Booth Welsh, Ayrshire and Arran and in-kind sponsorship from NPL Estates and West FM.

Highlights included a stunning light trail created by international artists Aether and Hemera, a breath-taking light and aerial art spectacular in the museum’s vast Linthouse with spinal chord and ho-ro, a community lantern parade which featured over 300 participants organised by Ayrshire Youth Arts Network (AYAN) and two firework displays over Irvine Harbourside.
There was a flotilla of illuminated skiffs from the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association, a sparkling 30 feet ‘Paper Boat’ crafted by trainees at the Scottish Boat Building School who even set sail on the River Irvine in homage to George Wyllie’s Paper Boat which was the inspiration for illumination : Harbour Festival of Light.
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Port of Felixstowe Announces Fresh Expansion ProjectPort of Felixstowe Announces Fresh Expansion Project
Added: 17 Mar 2017
Ipswich Star
Richard Cornwell
16 March 2017

Seven acres of seabed are to be reclaimed and developed for container storage in the latest expansion of Britain’s premier boxport.

The area behind Berth 9 which will be reclaimed to create more quayside container storage space.
The Port of Felixstowe is to carry out the work at the newest part of its 700-acre complex on the River Orwell, Berths 8&9.
A 190-metre extension to deep-water Berth 9 was finished around 18 months ago to enable the southern quays to accommodate two of the world’s biggest container ships at one time.
Now extra storage is needed to stack boxes being unloaded from the growing number of mega-ships visiting the port.
Stephen Abraham, chief operating officer of the port, said: “The Port of Felixstowe is the clear UK port-of-choice for the operators of the world’s largest container ships.
“In 2016 we had 137 calls by vessels of 18,000 TEU (standard-sized containers) capacity or above and we expect this figure to increase in 2017.
“Shipping lines choose Felixstowe because of our key location closest to the main ports of North Europe and our proven ability to deliver on their operational needs.
“Doing this in an ever-changing world demands that we constantly review our infrastructure, equipment and working practices to stay ahead of the game.”
The development will see the reclamation of approximately seven acres of seabed in the area behind the finger quay extension of Berth 9 to enable the construction and operation of additional land for container storage and stacking.
It will mean that total storage capacity on Berths 8&9 will increase by nearly 20,000 standard-sized boxes to 52,500.
Across the whole port, storage capacity will be close to 150,000 boxes.
Port officials have announced that in addition to creating additional storage capacity, operations at Berths 8&9 will be improved further with the arrival of two new ship-to-shore gantry cranes.
The cranes – ordered from ZPMC in Shanghai – will be able to handle the largest container ships afloat and are due to be delivered next year.
Berths 8&9 were built in 2012 at a cost of £300million and consent exists to extend them further in a phase two project when the need arises, though at present no date has been given for when that might take place.
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Workmen Need a Weekend and Two Recovery Vehicles to Rescue Digger Swamped in West Bay HarbourWorkmen Need a Weekend and Two Recovery Vehicles to Rescue Digger Swamped in West Bay Harbour
Added: 14 Mar 2017
Mail On Line
Anthony Joseph
13 March 2017
22-tonne machine was being used to dredge excess silt from West Bay harbour 
After two days of attempts, it was wrenched out using two recovery vehicles
Crowds gathered to watch attempts at harbour made famous by Broadchurch   

The 22-tonne machine was being used to dredge excess silt from West Bay harbour in Dorset - made famous by the ITV series Broadchurch - at low tide when it got bogged down in the soft mud.
Finally, after two days of attempts, it was wrenched out using two recovery vehicles at low tide yesterday afternoon.
Its driver was unable to free it and neither could the second digger that was assisting in the operation on Saturday.

Finally, after two days of attempts, it was wrenched out using two recovery vehicles at low tide yesterday afternoon

Several workmen and the West Bay harbour master team spent Saturday afternoon unsuccessfully trying to pull the excavating machine out to the bemusement of hordes of tourists.
They had to give up when the tide came in at about 5pm and watched helplessly as the digger became submerged in the water.
The top of the arm of the 25ft tall digger could be seen protruding from the water by members of the public who gathered to view the odd sight.
It is the second time in five years that a digger operated by Axminster Excavators has become stuck in identical circumstances in the harbour in West Bay.

James Radcliffe, the West Bay harbour master, said: ’Every effort was made to free the digger using heavy lifting gear in the few hours we had on Saturday but without success.
’By the time we gave up the machine was swamped and there was nothing else that could be done.
’It is very unfortunate and is just one of those things.
’Thankfully, it is now all out. We had two recovery vehicles who managed to wrench it out after an all-day operation, which is a relief.’

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Port of Milford Haven Showcases Business and Regeneration Plans at National Assembly for WalesPort of Milford Haven Showcases Business and Regeneration Plans at National Assembly for Wales
Added: 14 Mar 2017
Business News Wales
13 March 2017

The ability of Welsh ports to deliver prosperity for all was highlighted this week to Welsh Government, Assembly Members, councillors and key business leaders at a reception in the Senedd, Cardiff.
Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, Paul Davies, hosted the event on Tuesday 7th March at the National Assembly for Wales enabling the Port of Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire County Council and other partners on the Milford Haven Waterway to showcase the vibrant economic cluster that exists around Wales’ largest port.
Attendees heard that, as an island nation with 95% of goods being traded in and out of our ports, it is important for the sector to be prioritised. By ensuring the right conditions are in place to foster new trading relationships and manufacturing-led growth in the future, Wales can strengthen its economy. Attendees were struck by the significance and scale of the supply chain that ports sustain, providing jobs in surrounding communities – a fact that is often overlooked.
The Port of Milford Haven supports 5,000 Welsh jobs and is Wales’ largest port. It is home to five major marine terminals as well as one of Europe’s largest and most efficient power plants.  Valero’s refinery accounts for around 10% of Wales’ exports and is worth approximately £55m per annum to the Welsh economy. Combined, the two liquefied natural gas terminals at the port, South Hook LNG and Dragon LNG, are capable of supplying up to 30% of the UK’s natural gas demand.
“With the UK government about to trigger Article 50, now is the time to consider the strengths and opportunities Wales has in its ports,” said Alec Don, Chief Executive at the Port of Milford Haven. 
“As a nation bordered on three sides by the sea, we urge the Welsh Government to recognise the value locked in its ports and support us in creating an attractive environment for businesses, large and small, within ‘port zones’; an environment which makes it easy to invest, easy to operate and easy to employ.”
“Ports create jobs, drive economic growth, attract investment and create opportunities for all of Wales, not just the immediate communities they serve,” continued Alec. “They are a natural location for logistics, manufacturing and export businesses and are vital arteries of international commerce.”
The reception event unveiled two major projects which the Port of Milford Haven are progressing.
‘Pembroke Dock Marine’ forms part of the Swansea Bay City Deal bid and seeks to create a world class centre for marine energy development, fabrication, testing and deployment at Pembroke Dock, in Pembrokeshire.  The Port of Milford Haven has partnered with Marine Energy Wales, ORE Catapult and Wave Hub and is working alongside Swansea University and Pembrokeshire College. Together they are poised to drive innovation and herald the commercialisation of wave and tidal stream technology in Wales which would make a vital contribution to Wales’ blue and green economy; increasing Welsh productivity, export potential and skilled employment opportunities for today and for future generations.
On the other side of the Waterway, in Milford Haven, the ‘Milford Waterfront’ development is well underway.  By creating additional all-weather leisure and retail space around its existing vibrant and popular marina, Milford Waterfront is set to unlock tourism opportunities and become one of Pembrokeshire’s hottest new destinations. The successful delivery of this exciting development will create over 600 new jobs and deliver £19m of GVA per annum to the Welsh economy.
Paul Davies, AM for Preseli Pembrokeshire, said:
“The Port of Milford Haven is a national asset and a growing centre for the blue and green economy. The businesses along the Haven Waterway have a strong engineering and tourism pedigree, and the two flagship projects – ‘Pembroke Dock Marine’ and ‘Milford Waterfront’ – will help secure those vital skills and jobs in the future.”
In his closing remarks Alec Don said:
“These projects are just two examples of how ports can help position Wales as a world facing nation to secure a bright, more prosperous future for Welsh people.”

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Marico Marine Awarded MCA ContractMarico Marine Awarded MCA Contract
Added: 11 Mar 2017
Commercial Member - Marico Marine

Marico Marine has been awarded a contract to review vessel traffic reporting and routeing measures in UK coastal waters for the Maritime & Coastguard Agency.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has awarded Marico Marine a contract to undertake a major review of vessel reporting and routeing schemes in UK coastal waters. The UK has a number of schemes, which aim to help prevent accidents at sea by managing vessel transits through areas of particular risk, such as the Dover Straits or the Pentland Firth.

The project will provide the MCA with an independent and evidence-led investigation into each vessel reporting and routeing scheme, enabling targeted and achievable recommendations that support the MCA’s core objectives of “Safer Lives, Safer Ships and Cleaner Seas”.

Dr Ed Rogers, Marico Marine’s Project Manager said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this seminal project which is particularly suited to our unique salt and science blend of consultancy. Through this project we will develop and deliver a standard approach for the assessment of vessel reporting and routeing schemes, which could have further application potential worldwide to ensure targeted and locally-sensitive traffic schemes are developed.”

Marico Marine, which has offices in the UK and New Zealand, has a proven track record of marine risk assessment and consultancy in both the offshore and inshore sectors, having undertaken a wide range of marine safety contracts for government agencies, offshore renewable energy developers, oil and gas majors, port authorities and commercial operators.

Marico Marine has developed a risk-based assessment utilising practical marine expertise, underpinned by cutting-edge quantitative marine risk analysis. The methodology, recognised by the International Hydrographic Association, originates from Marico Marine’s development of a territorial waters assessment of navigational risk for the Irish Coast Guard, which was further refined as part of a recent Land Information New Zealand Marine Chart Adequacy assessment in South Pacific waters, which identified locations for charting improvements or routeing based on vessel traffic risk. This innovative approach has foundations in the International Maritime Organisation’s Formal Safety Assessment risk system, which was originally developed by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency in the 1990s.

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Portsmouth International Port Exceeds Two Million Passengers in 2016Portsmouth International Port Exceeds Two Million Passengers in 2016
Added: 10 Mar 2017
Travel Weekly
Phil Davies
9 March 2017

More than two million passengers used Portsmouth international port for the first time in five years in 2016.
The figure represents a 3% increase on 2015 for the Portsmouth City Council-owned port.
The bulk of port users travel on ferries to France, Spain and the Channel Islands, with Brittany Ferries being the biggest operator.
The ferry company, which has its base in Portsmouth, saw a ten year record for passengers crossing to France in 2016, including a 31% rise in the number of people using a route to Cherbourg.
Passenger records also show a 7.6% increase in the number of people making the crossing to Bilbao with Brittany Ferries, and a 4.3% rise in those sailing to the nearby port of Santander.
However, the port faces the loss of Swan Hellenic and Voyages of Discovery cruise calls this summer following the collapse of former owner All Leisure Group in January.
Portsmouth port director, Mike Sellers, said: “More than two million passengers have voted with their feet, cars and lorries and chosen Portsmouth for their journey to France, Spain or the Channel Islands in the last year.
“It is an impressive milestone and a sign that investment in new facilities and the ease of access to the port are keeping Portsmouth ahead of our competition as the customers’ choice.”
Council leader, Donna Jones, said: “This is great news for our port and for the city. It’s evidence of our excellent transport connections and determination to keep up the port’s position in the market.
“We’ve made substantial recent investments in the port to make sure it remains an attractive option for passengers.”
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Maritime Minister John Hayes Pushes Boat Out for More Port of London ApprenticesMaritime Minister John Hayes Pushes Boat Out for More Port of London Apprentices
Added: 10 Mar 2017
The Docklands and East London Advertiser
Mike Brooke
9 March 2017

The government is urging school-leavers to try a career on the Thames in a new campaign to create more apprenticeships.

Maritime Minister John Hayes marked National Apprenticeship Week by addressing the Thames Skills Academy’s careers day which drew 100 youngsters to the event in Trinity House at Tower Hill on Tuesday.
“We need to attract a new generation to maintain Britain’s strong position in the global maritime sector,” he told the careers event.
“Apprenticeships chart a course to success, with trainee roles on the Thames that provide real career opportunities.”
The event brought employers and training organisations face-to-face informally with school-leavers and jobseekers as part of the campaign for more apprenticeships, working afloat and ashore in Port of London passenger and freight services.
The Thames Academy, set up last year, now has 16 companies who between them employ seven out of 10 people working on the Thames.
Its chief executive, Julian Parkes, told the East London Advertiser: “We took the opportunity to re-focus students’ attention on ports and inland waterways, to promote a sometimes forgotten sector of employment.”
The academy is an employer-led training association with on-the-job and classroom support aimed at increasing skills in the maritime industry, started by the four founding organisations, Port of London Authority, Company of Watermen & Lightermen, Transport for London and Tideway construction. Its aim is to raise skills and competency standards of those working on inland waterways and the Port of London.
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Portland Harbour Welcomes the Creation of the Portland Port Police ServicePortland Harbour Welcomes the Creation of the Portland Port Police Service
Added: 10 Mar 2017
Dorset Echo
Alexandra Cook
9 March 2017

Portland Port Police Service will ensure the safety and security of the port under direction of Officer James Grant

PORTLAND Harbour welcomed the creation of the Portland Port Police Service as two men found guilty of illegal fishing.
The new police service came into force last month as the Portland Harbour Authority exercised its power under the harbours, docks and piers clauses Act of 1847.
Made up of a team of officers and police support workers, the service will provide 24 hour security, cover, and policing for the port seven days a week.
Chief Executive of Portland Port Bill Reeves said: ’It is in the best interests of all our stakeholders that we ensure our bylaws are enforced. The creation of the Port Police Service is a key step in that direction.’

Since its formation, officers have successfully prosecuted two local men for illegally fishing in a controlled area.
The men had to be rescued from the water which is designated a controlled area to prevent hazardous interactions with commercial vessels.
Both men pleaded guilty and were fined and ordered to pay costs by magistrates.
The harbour authority hope the prosecution will serve as a reminder that commercial ports can be dangerous if health and safety guidelines and restrictions are not adhered to.
Officers will continue to bring prosecutions for anyone found to be carrying out illegal activities within Portland Harbour Authority’s jurisdiction, including illegal fishing and landslide trespass.
Chief of police for the new service James Grant said: ’I am pleased to accept the challenge of heading up the new police service at Portland Port which will provide protection and security to our customers and users.
’As a secure port, I will also ensure that Portland Port is vigilant to homeland security and protecting our shores.’
In line with government regulations on maritime security, Portland Port Police Service is responsible for ensuring the security and safety of the port itself as well as its tenants, employees, users and any visiting international ships.
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Southsea Light Retired as New Portsmouth Approach Channel OpenedSouthsea Light Retired as New Portsmouth Approach Channel Opened
Added: 10 Mar 2017
Practical Boat Owner
Laura Hodgetts
8 March 2017

A new Admiralty Chart has been published to show the changes made to the approaches into Portsmouth in preparation for the arrival of the Royal Navy’s new Aircraft Carriers.
Issued by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) on 2 March 2017, it reflects the characteristics, positions and directional light orientations as well as navigation marks, port entry lights and marker buoys that are now in place.
The Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth, Steve Hopper said: ‘The most significant changes include a widening of the approach channel and a change to its route.  The new ‘Castle Pile’ which has been placed between Southsea Castle and the War Memorial, now lead ships in to the approach channel.  Southsea Castle light, which has been used by ships for this purpose since being commissioned by the Admiralty in 1828, is no longer an operational lighthouse but very much remains a landmark in the Solent.’
The Admiralty Chart number 2625 shows the latest surveyed depths in and around the Approach Channel, as well as the positions, names, and characteristics for the Channel’s lateral marks, the positions of new port entry lights and re-orientation of the Fort Blockhouse directional light.
It also includes amends to the notes and the new position of the Small Boat Channel which has moved further to the west. The majority of lateral marks have retained their names and have relatively corresponding positions within the new channel as to the old one.

However, Ridge buoy has been moved to between Outer Spit Buoy and Spit Refuge Buoy, and been renamed Spit Elbow.
Further noticeable changes include the appearance of large yellow piles in vicinity of Spit Bank Fort and in the upper harbour. These, among other specific marks, will be used by the Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers when they come in to and depart from the harbour, when specific navigation lights will be switched on; they will ordinarily display anti-collision lights to alert other port users.
Entry and exit of the carriers will have some impact for small craft, including brief closures of the small boat channel and a 250 metre moving exclusion zone around the ship during entry and departure, but wider impact for leisure craft will be minimal.
The new charts are available for purchase now, while some electronic charts are yet to be updated.
Details of the new positions and characteristics of all the affected navigation mark and light changes are published in QHM Portsmouth’s NAVWARN 26/17.

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Poole Harbour Starts Building New £10 Million PierPoole Harbour Starts Building New £10 Million Pier
Added: 08 Mar 2017
Cruise and Ferry
Rebecca Gibson
7March 2017

BAM Nuttall has started work on the first phase of constructing a new 200-metre quay at Poole Harbour in the UK.
Part of the Poole Harbour Commissioner’s (PHC) master plan, the £10 million pier is due for completion by the end of 2017 and will enable the port to take advantage of the UK’s cruise market.
“This is an important step forward in the expansion of the port,” said Jim Stewart, PHC’s chief executive. “At present we can only take smaller cruise ships but, with these new facilities, we will be able to accept visiting cruise ships accommodating over 1,000 passengers. All this means we will be able to strengthen links between the port and the local economy, in particular the significant cluster of marine-related and tourism industries in the Poole area.”
Civil engineering company BAM Nuttall will use around 1,800 tons of steel piles, all of which will be delivered by sea. The majority of the material reclamation fill is to be taken directly from the port’s maintenance dredging scheme, removing the need for road deliveries. In addition, all marine plant has been sourced from suppliers in Poole and Southampton.
“We are delighted to have secured this prestigious contract and to have the opportunity to continue our long and successful history of working in the port,” said Richard Hayman, contracts manager at BAM Nuttall. “We are looking forward to working in collaboration with PHC and the local community to safely deliver Poole Harbour’s new South Quay.”

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Harbour Master Welds First Plate on New Workboat for Port of SouthamptonHarbour Master Welds First Plate on New Workboat for Port of Southampton
Added: 07 Mar 2017
Hampshire Chronicle
Andrew Ross
6 March 2017

SOUTHAMPTON’S Harbour Master Martin Phipps has welded the first plate on a new workboat for the Port of Southampton.
Meercat Workboats based in Hythe are building the £500,000 craft and she will play a vital role in the safe operation of the port.
Youngsters from Hythe will be coming up with a name for the boat – and children from the winning school will be invited to see her officially named at the Seaworks exhibition in June.
Martin Phipps, said: “Laying the keel is a significant milestone and I was delighted to be so involved.

“It’s really important to us that a local company based in Hythe is building our workboat and when she comes into service, this vessel will play an important role keeping the Port of Southampton open and safe for all our maritime users.”
Jason Coltman, Managing Director of Meercat Workboats said: “It is great to have the Harbour Master welding the first plate to their new vessel.
“We are delighted to be building the workboat for the port – and it is great to get the local children involved in naming her.”
The workboat will be used for maintenance work around the port including checking the buoys and will become a regular feature of day-to-day life at the port.
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Arbroath’s Gull Chasing Harbour DogArbroath’s Gull Chasing Harbour Dog
Added: 07 Mar 2017
The Scottish Sun
Jonathan Whitelaw
6 March 2017

Arbroath’s gull-chasing harbour dog is karaoke star who loves singing along to The Beach Boys
Cross Border and Irish terrier Jake barks and howls at the birds but is also a regular performer at his local pub’s karaoke nights

AS Arbroath harbour’s resident seagull frightener, Jake the dog is used to making a lot of noise.
But when he hangs up his life jacket after a hard day’s work there’s nothing this adorable pooch likes more than a good karaoke session.

Jake loves a bit of karaoke
The four-year-old Border and Irish terrier cross is a familiar sight at the harbour and has made the resident flock of gulls’ lives a misery, chasing them away when they try to land on the dockside.
But he’s also a regular at the Stag’s Head pub in Carnoustie where he’s never afraid to get up on stage and have a sing-song.
Along with his harbour assistant pal Carl, 39, he can regularly be heard belting out his favourite Beach Boys’ song Sloop John B, and other tunes like Who Let the Dogs Out?
Manageress Jackie Liddell, 53, said: “Jake and Carl come in most evenings after they have finished their shift at the harbour. As soon as his lifejacket is off he is up for fun.

Jake has been barking at the gulls for years

“We have live music in the pub at the weekends and he sings along with the bands. He loves it when we have karaoke and takes his turn at the mic.
“I think he just likes to be the centre of attention.”
Jake’s been keeping the gulls at bay in Arbroath for the last three years.
And Carl says the cute mutt is a consummate professional at work.

He said: “Jake is with me constantly. While he is the family pet, he knows when his life jacket goes on he is at his work.
“He takes his role seriously. He chases away the seagulls which can be quite aggressive. He is relentless and doesn’t show any fear and some of these birds are as big as him. Even when the birds perch on top of a lamp post, he tries to climb it to get at them.
“He also chases rats from the stacked lobster creels. He flushes them out, then we call pest control to come out and deal with the rodents.”
Jake is a favourite with the children who visit the harbour and even has his own Facebook page.

Carl added: “He must be the most photographed dog in Arbroath. All the children want a selfie with him. He is a great favourite. We have have both been invited to primary schools to give the kids talks about what happens down at the harbour.”
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Harbour Cash Could be Huge for Fife’s Fishing and Tourism SectorsHarbour Cash Could be Huge for Fife’s Fishing and Tourism Sectors
Added: 05 Mar 2017
The Courier
Craig Smith
4 March 2017

Tom Mackenzie has welcomed news of cash for dredging at Pittenweem and Anstruther harbours.
A cash injection into two Fife harbours has been hailed as hugely significant for the region’s fishing and tourism industries.
Around £485,000 is to be ploughed into dredging work at both Pittenweem and Anstruther over the next two years.
A further £80,000 has been set aside in Fife’s capital plan for a new ice plant at Pittenweem to replace the current facility which has been beset by constant breakdowns.

Tom Mackenzie, from the Fife Fisherman’s Association, explained fishermen are currently limited as to how long they can spend at sea as the build-up of silt cuts down the hours the harbours can be safely accessed.
“This money is going to mean a long overdue dredge for the harbours, and a replacement for the current ice plant at Pittenweem is also well overdue,” he commented.
“The harbour at Pittenweem hasn’t been properly dredged for nearly 20 years – it has had temporary dredges using a blower but that has just moved the silt from one place to another.
“So this is really good news, and it also means that boats can get a couple of extra hours’ fishing in. As for the ice plant, we need to ice all of our prawns before we put them away so for us especially it’s a necessity.”
The council’s capital plan, which was recently signed off, will see £135,000 invested in the coming financial year, with a further £350,000 earmarked for dredging in 2018/19.

Liberal Democrat East Neuk Councillor Elizabeth Riches said local people had been lobbying for the harbour investment for some time and will be pushing transportation officers to let tenders for the important dredging work.
“In order to carry out a proper dredging boats may need to be moved but this inconvenience will bring worthwhile improvements,” she noted.
“I can appreciate the continued frustration for harbour users and will be asking for work to start on applying for the necessary consents and licences for dumping silt etc,
“The setting up costs of any tender dredging can be very costly and we need to see if savings can be made.

“But the importance of attractive working harbours is essential, also to continue to draw and welcome tourists to the East Neuk.
“No-one would come to visit a dead, silted up harbour.”

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Modelling the Resilience of the New Beach Defence at Colwyn BayModelling the Resilience of the New Beach Defence at Colwyn Bay
Added: 05 Mar 2017
HR Wallingford
2 March 2017

Falling beach levels at Colwyn Bay, which have been eroded by both frequently occurring and more severe storms, have left the sea wall exposed and therefore at risk of damage from the sea. Part of Phase Two of the Colwyn Bay Waterfront Project includes replacing the lost sand with a beach recharge, which will renew the natural sea defence, and at the same time, improve this local community asset and visitor attraction.
Conwy County Borough Council wants to assure the longevity of the new beach, which has to date involved the placing of approximately 500,000 m3 of dredged material, and has commissioned HR Wallingford to conduct physical modelling to estimate its future lifespan, taking into account the coastal storms that this area is exposed to.
In a 35m x 50m wave basin in its modelling facilities in Oxfordshire, HR Wallingford’s coastal engineers have created a detailed physical model of a 1.6 mile (2.6km) section of Colwyn Bay at a scale of 1:50, from Rhos Jetty in Rhos on Sea, eastwards towards Beach Road, Old Colwyn. A bank of 56 individual wave generators, with wave probes placed in the basin to measure the waves generated, is being used to simulate typical weather and storm conditions.
Tom Rigden, Senior Scientist, Coastal Structures at HR Wallingford, said: ”We’ve been working closely with Conwy Borough Council, and with Alan Williams from Coastal Engineering UK, and drawn on their experience of the site, which has enabled us to ensure the physical model accurately replicates the natural processes that Colwyn Bay is exposed to.”
Engineers are using the complex physical model to calculate the rate of loss of the beachline, and give an estimate of the number of years it will take to erode, as well as advise on possible further protection measures if required. Tests using the physical model will take several months, and are due to be completed at the end of March 2017.
Geraint Edwards, Head of Environmental Services at Conwy County Borough Council, said: “Having a physical model of Colwyn Bay provides us with a valuable tool in the design process of our coastal defence scheme. It means that the design can be tested and optimised to suit the specific conditions.”
The project is a major investment into the redevelopment of the town’s seafront, aimed at safeguarding the town and its infrastructure from the threat of the sea and predicted climate change for years to come. The project combines the renewal of coastal defences with regeneration improvements to the promenade, creating a modern, sustainable and attractive waterfront for the local community and for visitors, and providing a boost to the local economy.

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New Warehouse and Crane Part of £3 Million Investment in Port of Kings LynnNew Warehouse and Crane Part of £3 Million Investment in Port of Kings Lynn
Added: 04 Mar 2017
Eastern Daily Press
Chris Bishop
3 March 2017

Larger ships will be able to use the docks at a town port thanks to a £3.3m investment in a new warehouse and crane.

The new warehouse at the Port of King’s Lynn, run by Associated British Ports (ABP), will store grain and agri-bulks, enabling the different cargo areas to be re-organised.
A £1.1m crane has also been brought into the site.
Port manager Paul Brooks said when completed later this year, the warehouse would have six bays, each capable of accommodating a 3,500-tonne ship’s cargo.
Ageing warehouses beside the docks will also be demolished to make way for a new timber yard.

Mr Brooks said the new crane would enable different cargoes to be handled in separate areas of the port, increasing efficiency.
Today stevedores were unloading a cargo of steel reinforcing rods from the 101m Conger - the widest ship ever to use the port.
James Cooper, chief executive of ABP, said the investment in Lynn had been proposed by managers at the Norfolk port to improve the service it offered to shipping companies.
“I know there are people who think some of the smaller ports face long-term challenges but we see quite a lot of opportunity for King’s Lynn going forward,” he said.
“It can reach into the East Midlands and Peterborough, serving the local market 50 miles away.”
North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham said: “It’s an exciting day for King’s Lynn. There’s the new crane, the grain shed, the timber yard.
“Conger, the ship we saw being unloaded, is the broadest vessel ever to use the docks. The previous crane didn’t have the ability to reach across her hold.”
Mr Bellingham added that a longer-term ambition was to restore the rail link which once connected the docks to the main line at Lynn station.
Lynn’s Alexandra and Bentinck docks, along with its Riverside Quay, import construction timber and steel and export cargoes including malting grain and scrap metal.
Every job on the docks supports another 10 in the wider community. Contractors have been on site since early January working on pilings for the new bulk warehouse.
Port staff hope it will be ready to accept its first cargo in August.
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Plans for Maritime Hub at Ardrossan RevealedPlans for Maritime Hub at Ardrossan Revealed
Added: 03 Mar 2017

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald
Paul Fisher
2 March 2017

EXCITING images showing the ambitious vision for a new Maritime Hub at Ardrossan Harbour have been revealed this week.
Artist’s impressions of the integrated ferry, road and rail terminal show how the port could look for the new £48.5 million hybrid vessel due to start operating on the Ardrossan to Brodick route by 2018.
In addition to a new state-of-the-art Maritime Hub building, it is proposed the £15 million development by Harbour owners Peel Ports and North Ayrshire Council would provide a new linkspan for vehicles to board the ferry, a new passenger access system (PAS) and improved car parking facilities.

Commenting on the images, North Ayrshire Council Leader Joe Cullinane said: “Seeing the vision of an Ardrossan of the future - brought to life in full colour like this - is really exciting.
“The redevelopment of the old passenger terminal into the vibrant welcoming space of the new Maritime Hub will not only be a welcoming environment for travellers, it will offer local businesses the space to showcase their products and will also act as a meeting place for the whole community of Ardrossan.
“What’s even better is that this development would also be the catalyst for a much bigger regeneration of the town, with a further £100 million of investment planned for the wider area to deliver additional marina expansion, a new hotel and housing development.
“The wider regeneration will also see improvements in public amenities and links to the town centre, opening it up to visitors to the town. This will build on the massive pride Ardrossan folk have shown in their town through their passionate support for the ‘Keep It A to B – Save Our Ferry’ campaign over the past five months.”
Doug Coleman, Peel Ports’ Project Director for Ardrossan Harbour, said: “We are hopeful that the Transport Minister, having taken careful consideration of all the hard facts and evidence that have been submitted to him, will find in favour of Ardrossan.
“As well as offering the shortest, fastest, cheapest route for Arran residents, a new Maritime Hub in Ardrossan will provide unrivalled levels of comfort for travellers as well as excellent onward travel options from a railway station right at the terminal’s front door. These powerful images demonstrate just how impressive those facilities will be.”

Port of Immingham £7.4 Million Flood Defence Scheme Works approvedPort of Immingham £7.4 Million Flood Defence Scheme Works approved
Added: 03 Mar 2017
BBC Humberside
2 March 2017

Immingham was hit by major flooding, caused by a tidal surge, in December 2013
Plans for a £7.4m scheme to improve flood defences in North East Lincolnshire have been approved by the local authority.
Immingham was hit by major flooding caused by a tidal surge in 2013.
The council’s cabinet has agreed to install new outer lock gates at the port, replace flood walls and extend the height of the existing defences.
Councillor Dave Watson said the work was "vital" and the risk of flooding would be "significantly reduced".
In a report, the council said replacing and raising the existing flood defences would "provide a flood defence level of 6.1m" (20ft) above sea level.
The Environment Agency was investing £4.5m in the project, the authority said.
Mr Watson said: "The Port of Immingham is a vital part of the UK’s economic infrastructure, and is its largest port by tonnage, handling over 53m tonnes a year, and around 10% of all seaborne traffic.
"This work, once completed, will significantly reduce the risk of flooding to the port estate, and as such, it’s absolutely vital that we support work to make this happen."
Hundreds of properties were flooded in December 2013 when a combination of high tides and strong winds caused a tidal surge, that breached flood defences along the east coast.
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Contractor Appointed to Carry Out £10 Million Dundee Port WorkContractor Appointed to Carry Out £10 Million Dundee Port Work
Added: 02 Mar 2017
Evening Telegraph
1 March 2017

A contractor has been confirmed for the construction of a new quayside at Dundee Port to handle decommissioning work for the North Sea oil and gas sector.
Forth Ports, the owner of Dundee Port, has appointed Southbay Civil Engineering to deliver the £10 million project.
The company says the new quayside will have industry-leading “heavy lift” capability, coupled with a significant onshore operational area, and will be designed to place the city at the forefront of decommissioning and offshore wind work.
The contract started this month and is expected to be completed at the end of this year. During the length of the contract at the port, Southbay will involve short-term student placements for civil engineering students from Abertay University.
Charles Hammond, chief executive of Forth Ports, said this investment would ensure Dundee can “capitalise on the significant opportunities” presented by the oil and gas industries.
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Captain Mark Cooper - Dartmouth Harbour MasterCaptain Mark Cooper - Dartmouth Harbour Master
Added: 02 Mar 2017
By The Dart
1 March 2017

Captain Mark Cooper liaised with NATO’s 28 member nations to successfully implement a mutually beneficial and cohesive defence plan before he was appointed Dartmouth’s new harbour master.
His honed communication and leadership skills should stand him in good stead to aid the formation and delivery of the DHNA Strategic Plan aimed at safeguarding the future of the River Dart for the benefit of the people living along its banks and satisfying the river’s three user groups.
Of course the authority is never going to please all of the people all of the time but Captain Cooper says he will try his best to ensure everyone’s views and opinions about the future of the beautiful Dart are taken into account.
Just four weeks into the job when I interviewed him, Captain Cooper seemed to have a handle on the unique challenges facing the authority and his role in tackling them.
“I thought the job was all going to be about moorings, navigation, buoys, pilotage, slipways and yachts but when I got here for the interview I realised it was really about stakeholder engagement,” he said.
“There’s a diverse interest in DHNA and for me it’s the balance of getting the people from the stakeholder groups to have their input into discussion on where we take the river in the future. How do we position ourselves to best look after that and what do they want.”
“The board look after things but their decisions reflect the needs of the stakeholders and for me, the policy needs to be clear. It’s just like NATO, whatever I do I will upset somebody so having a clear policy that reflects feedback from those stakeholder groups will help me to avoid some criticism. I hope to help the board focus on the further development of long-term policy and strategic objectives derived from the current five-year plan.
“The Strategic Plan already developed by the board takes into account significant input from stakeholders including the community and my job now will be to move the plan forward ensuring that my actions follow the plan. But this will not be simple and I expect to have to seek clarity from the board to enable me to successfully operationalise the plan. The current plan uses words like safety, protection, environment and thriving community and these can be read to mean different things to different stakeholders. ”
Captain Cooper’s accommodating nature showed itself when I made an impromptu visit to the harbour office to fix a time and date for an interview. He agreed to a chat there and then in the spare half hour he had between meetings in his busy schedule.
In a way, his working life has come full circle as he has returned to the town which launched his career on his 19th birthday when he joined the ranks of trainees at Britannia Royal Naval College back in 1983.
Almost exactly thirty-four years later, just 4 days after his 53th birthday, Captain Cooper was back in town for the first day of his new job as harbour master. In the intervening years he has enjoyed an illustrious naval career which included navigating various submarines (HMS Otus, HMS Superb and HMS Vanguard) before passing “perisher” (the Submarine Command Course) and being appointed second in command of the nuclear powered submarine HMS Sovereign, known as a ‘hunter killer’ sub. Captain Cooper says he had many interesting and exciting operations that took him across the globe, normally at a few hundred feet below the surface.
After HMS Sovereign, Captain Cooper worked ashore at Northwood in London as a staff navigation officer for the UK’s submarine flotilla. Part of his role included liaising with the UK fishing industry in order to improve communications between the Royal Navy and the fishermen.
From there he was promoted to Commander and was appointed Commanding Officer of HMS Torbay, then went on to work for Flag Officer Sea Training before taking over the running of the Royal Navy Submarine School at HMS Raleigh at Torpoint. Next, Captain Cooper secured a submarine defence procurement job with the MOD.
He then worked for an organisation called the UK Maritime Battle Staff. “While I was there we were employed in an operation in the Gulf to look after Iraqi oil platforms and help the Iraqi navy rebuild their capacity to protect their oil platforms. We taught them how to use their ships and how to defend their platforms with point defence weapons.
“While in that team I was deployed with the UK Maritime Liaison Team for operations in Libya – striking Libya with land attack and air to land missiles with the aim of protecting civilians from government forces under the leadership of General Gaddafi. I went to sea on the American command ship USS Mount Whitney as the liaison officer for the RN within the American led Coalition Task Force.”
Next in his varied career, he was promoted to Captain and was appointed as the lead for NATO’s plans and policy based at the NATO’s Maritime Command, Northwood, London, where he dealt with piracy in Somalia and counter terrorism in the Mediterranean.
Finally, he was sent to Norfolk, Virginia in the USA to join the NATO defence planning team. “My role was to try to get the defence plans of 28 member nations (there are 29 now with Montenegro) to be coherent so if a potential operation came about they would have interoperable and standardised kit and there would be a reasonable spread of equipment across the nations.”
Captain Cooper is keen to enjoy a long career at the helm of the harbour authority and says he relishes a challenge. He said:  “Dartmouth is quite unique and there are lots of people who play a community role. Many of these people have had highly demanding careers, have a wealth of experience and want to give something back to the community. Dartmouth is quite different to many small ports that tend to have either a leisure or commercial focus, Dartmouth has a nice balance of both.”
Married with two grown up daughters, Captain Cooper currently lives in Plymouth but plans to move nearer to Dartmouth. He currently rents a flat in the town so that he can be on hand if the need arises.
He is also looking forward to bringing his old 28ft Beneteau yacht back to the UK from America so he can enjoy sailing in the local coastal waters alongside the many sailors he sees from his office window casting off from their moorings in the River Dart and heading out to the bay beyond.

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Moray Port Welcomes its Biggest Ever VisitorMoray Port Welcomes its Biggest Ever Visitor
Added: 01 Mar 2017
The Press and Journal
David Mackay
28 February 2017

The 300ft-long MV Peak Bremen is in Moray to collect oil industry equipment.

The arrival of a massive cargo vessel into a Moray port has been hailed as evidence of the harbour’s huge potential to attract foreign visitors.

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Penzance’s Hopes Over Potential £100 Million Breakwater BoostedPenzance’s Hopes Over Potential £100 Million Breakwater Boosted
Added: 01 Mar 2017
Cornwall Live
Tom Gainey
28 February 2017

Penzance’s hopes over potential £100million harbour breakwater investment have been boosted

If the scheme gets the go-ahead it could generate £440 million of extra income for the Penzance economy, according to a report

Penzance harbour’s chances of being expanded and protected for future generations thanks to a £100million breakwater scheme have been boosted.
The concept has received an initial thumbs-up from a host of organisations, including representatives from the Environment Agency, Network Rail, Historic England, South West Water, Cornwall Council, Natural England and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO).
All the aforementioned recently attended a meeting called by West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas, who is a member of the Penzance Breakwater Working Group.
For the past three years the group, chaired by former Truro and Penwith College principal Jonathan Burnett, has been exploring the possibility of protecting the town’s harbour and its immediate surrounds through these means.

The meeting allowed the various organisations to be updated on the progress of the working group and asked representatives what they thought about the project.

’I asked these people along at a relatively early stage so that we could gauge their initial reaction and see if there were any likely deal-breakers – major challenges which we hadn’t considered and which could potentially jeopardise the project,’ said Mr Thomas.
’I’m happy to say that everyone at the meeting was very positive and that there did not seem to be any insurmountable issues.
’Several representatives said the project would have their goodwill and that they could envisage considerable environmental as well as economic benefits.’
It is understood that the working group has now reached the stage of identifying four potential layouts for a breakwater through an options development and costings report, each of which would cost in the region of £80-150 million - the group says it is looking at ways of bringing these estimates down.

The current layouts feature constructing breakwater arms to the south of the South Pier and the east of Albert Pier, where it is understood reclamation could be used to create commercial and residential development. It could also provide space for a large marina.
An economic impact assessment report has concluded that such a scheme could generate £440 million of extra income for the Penzance economy over the next five decades while also providing jobs for approximately 500 people.

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Council in Push for Perth Harbour to Break Even After being Kept in Public HandsCouncil in Push for Perth Harbour to Break Even After being Kept in Public Hands
Added: 01 Mar 2017
Daily Record
Iain Howie
28 February 2017

Perth Harbour has seen a drop in income in recent years but efforts are under way to turn that round
Perth’s one-time beleaguered harbour has ‘turned a corner’ with officials now working towards seeing it break even.
A new board to navigate it to better times is now in place and a harbour master and his deputy are working on both marketing the facility and its day-to-day running.

But in the immediate term income is expected to halve to levels seen in 2015-16 and deficits could be worse than expected by the end of the financial year, which falls next month.
Papers showed that it had a deficit of £163,800 in 2015 even with income of £98,000, but its projected deficit stood at £262,764 with less than £41,000 in income for the current financial year.

The situation on the harbour was relayed to councillors on Wednesday as they heard of the facility’s potential having been pulled back from sell-off.
In May last year the council moved to keep the facility in public hands.
Thousands of pounds is already being earmarked for it, with a contractor set to improve its appearance, while there are contracts for further work in the offing.
However, councillors were told that further investment may be needed on some of the facility’s structures, with a survey due to be carried out on the quayside. There is a risk that the water and weather-battered quayside’s structural integrity may need shoring up.
Councillor Ian Campbell asked about the quayside and was told by senior officer Jim Valentine that it “may require remedial work”. Around £30,000 is to be spent on a survey which also includes a study of a harbour store.
There are also moves to dredge sections of the River Tay to boost ships entering and leaving the site.

Councillor Henry Anderson, who also chairs the Harbour Board, moved the paper, arguing that Perth Harbour could play a part in reducing lorry traffic generated by larger port sites. He said the trend to larger sites for larger ships had a negative impact on vehicles making longer trips, while Perth was a facility on the city’s doorstep.
Councillor Dave Doogan, who seconded the paper, said the figures reflected the current situation, but this was based on it reaching the “tail end” of a previous period of “mismanagement”.
He added: “The deficit must be seen in that context. I think it will take time to turn this business around. But I am assured that this is possible and we have turned a corner”.

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Take a Peek at How Shoreham Port WorksTake a Peek at How Shoreham Port Works
Added: 28 Feb 2017
The Argus
Arron Hendy
27 February 2017

NAUTICAL nosey-parkers will be given the chance of a behind-the-scenes tour of a port.
Shoreham Port has opened bookings for its July boat tours which will be running from Tuesday, July 18 to Friday, July 21.
The boat tours first took place in 2015 and have grown in popularity, with the event expanded from two days to four.
Last year more than 700 people from schools, community associations, charities and businesses took the 45-minute tour.
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Global Energy Group Make New Port Bid for Nigg Site Global Energy Group Make New Port Bid for Nigg Site
Added: 28 Feb 2017
The Inverness Courier
27 February 2017

Energy giant Global are looking for fresh port powers for their busy Nigg yard
A FRESH bid for port status at Nigg by operators Global Energy Group has come as a surprise to firth statutory body Cromarty Firth Port Authority (CFPA).
Global has lodged an application with Transport Scotland for a Harbour Empowerment Order (HEO) at the company’s Nigg Energy Park.
If successful, the HEO will provide Nigg with port status and grant powers to improve, maintain and manage existing port assets. But unlike its previous, rejected bid, it claims the move will not give it any power or rights over the waters of the firth.
Global said the application will boost employment in the area.
But the CFPA, which objected to Global’s previous attempt to gain port status, said the fresh move was a surprise and that it will be seeking urgent clarification from the firm. It added that the new order is ‘not required’ to grow Global existing site.
Announcing its move, Global’s communications director Alasdair Kennedy, said: "We are now one of the busiest ports in Scotland, with over 120 Nigg port calls in 2016 and movement of 1.2 million gross tonnage of shipping, where our port agency services business handled over 800 port calls."
He added that while business in 2017 is expected to be challenging, the start of work on several renewables contracts will make for a better 2018: "Given our current position and look ahead, our application for port status and the provision of certain rights under the HEO is the logical step for us to take at this time."
The order would give Global and Nigg Energy Park increased management powers over the quays, wharfs, enclosed dock and adjoining land at Nigg.
But it said the application would not give it any power or rights over waters within the firth, which will remain under the control of the CFPA.
Global previously launched an unsuccessful application to create a new private harbour authority at Nigg in late 2014 by applying for a Harbour Revision Order.
Bob Buskie, chief executive of Port of Cromarty Firth, said: "Global have not informed us of their plans, so this news came as a total surprise. We are in regular contact with Global and, as the statutory authority responsible for the firth, we would have hoped to have been one of the first to be informed of their plans.
"We do not know the details, but Global made a previous attempt to create a private port. It was deemed unlawful and rejected by the Scottish Government.
"A HEO is not required in order for Global to improve, maintain and manage their energy park infrastructure.
"Many sizeable Scottish ports including Cromarty Firth are trust ports. While private companies such as Global make a profit that is distributed for the benefit of shareholders, a trust port makes a surplus, which is reinvested back into the port for the benefit of stakeholders. Beneficiaries include local communities, regional businesses, and local and national government."
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Cranes Loaded on Board Albatross Ship and Ready for Departure from Cork HarbourCranes Loaded on Board Albatross Ship and Ready for Departure from Cork Harbour
Added: 27 Feb 2017
26 February 2017

All three massive cranes are now loaded onboard the Offshore Heavy Transport (OHT) ship Albatross at Cork Dockyard. Departure from Cork Harbour on a 3,800–nautical mile voyage to Puerto Rico later is scheduled for later this week.
As reported previously, the cranes have been asembled from kit form having first been shipped by sea from Fenit in County Kerry to the Doyle Shipping Group Terminal at Rushbrooke in Cork Harbour.
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Board Pledges Their Support to Burry Port HarbourBoard Pledges Their Support to Burry Port Harbour
Added: 27 Feb 2017
South Wales Evening Post
Christie Bannon
24 February 2017

CARMARTHENSHIRE Council’s Executive board have pledged their support to Burry Port Harbour.
Members agreed a host of improvement and maintenance works totalling over £2 million, including a phased programme to transform the harbour walls.

Sand dredging will be increased along the approach channel and accessible areas of the outer harbour basin ahead of the summer season when the harbour is at its busiest.
This will increase usage and enable the harbour to be central to the regeneration of the area.
The council’s executive board member for leisure, Councillor Meryl Gravell said: "Burry Port harbour attracts hundreds of visitors every week and we are very proud to have such a wonderful facility as part of our Millennium Coastal Park.
"Our decision today will demonstrate our commitment to the harbour that will support its future as a working marina and major tourist attraction."
A major silt dredge of the inner harbour costing £750,000 is included in the planned improvements.
Historically, the harbour has always filled with silt which has to be removed every 10 to 20 years.
Carmarthenshire Council leader, Councillor Emlyn Dole said: "Investment in Burry Port harbour will support the wider regeneration for the area and will provide a real incentive for businesses looking to invest in the area.
"I am delighted that this administration has been able to deliver the long term investment that Burry Port has always needed."
Repairs to the listed harbour walls totalling £1.94 million will be phased over a five to 10-year period.

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Irish Rail Designated Person Contract AwardedIrish Rail Designated Person Contract Awarded
Added: 24 Feb 2017
UKHMA Commercial Member, Harbour Management Solutions (HMS) has announced that it is awarded the three year tender to provide Designated Person services for Iarnron Eireann (Irish Rail).

HMS also acknowledges the recent publication of the Guide to Good Practice (GTGP) for the Port Marine Safety Code, which contains a very useful Aide Memoire.

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Blog of a PMSC AuditorBlog of a PMSC Auditor
Added: 24 Feb 2017
View here the blog that details the thoughts of an ex-harbour master engaged as a new marine consultant on his first PMSC Audit.

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Aberdeen Harbour Boss to Retire After 30 Year StintAberdeen Harbour Boss to Retire After 30 Year Stint
Added: 24 Feb 2017
The Scotsman
Gareth Mackie
23 February 2017

Colin Parker is retiring after 30 years with Aberdeen Harbour Board. Colin Parker, the chief executive of Aberdeen Harbour Board, is to retire after three decades with the team. Parker, who joined the board in 1987 and took on the top job in 2006, will retire at the end of this year, it was announced today.He said: “It has been my privilege to hold the role of chief executive at Aberdeen Harbour for the last 11 years. As I draw closer to my planned retirement at the end of this year, I can appreciate the many positive changes during my three decades at the port.” Parker’s planned departure comes after the harbour gained approval in December for its £410 million plans to expand into Nigg Bay, a move that could boost the Scottish economy by almost £1 billion a year. He added: “Much of my time as chief executive has been involved in progressing the harbour expansion project from concept to reality. The construction phase is about to commence and my successor will have a great opportunity to ensure both the port and the region fully benefit from the game-changing infrastructure that will be delivered in 2020.Aberdeen Harbour Board chairman Alistair Mackenzie said the process of recruiting Parker’s successor was already underway. “As a trust port, our purpose is to improve our business and the facilities we provide for the benefit of our users and future generations,” Mackenzie said.“The legacy that Colin will leave is in no doubt. His tireless work on the planning of the expansion project at Nigg Bay alone represents an incredible contribution to our future and that of Aberdeen as a whole.

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Plans to Turn Tilbury Power Station into a Port go on ShowPlans to Turn Tilbury Power Station into a Port go on Show
Added: 23 Feb 2017
Kent Online
Chris Price
23 February 2017

Plans to turn Tilbury Power Station into a port go on show in Gravesend in March

The Port of Tilbury will hold an exhibition at Gravesend Old Town Hall detailing its proposals to turn 152 acres it bought last year into a new terminal.
The new industrial docks will take over part of the former Tilbury Power Station site, visible across the Thames from the town, and include a deep water jetty.

It will act as a “satellite” of the main port, with a roll-on roll-off ferry terminal for importing and exporting containers and trailers.
The site, which will be known as Tilbury2, is also likely to include a facility for importing and processing bulk construction materials.
A planning application is expected to be submitted in October this year.
Port of Tilbury commercial director Peter Ward said: “We are one of the largest ports in the South East and to continue to grow and to bring economic benefit and jobs to the area, we need to prepare for future market demands.
“Our success in recent years means that we now need more land close to the port to grow and our proposals for Tilbury2, on part of the site of the former Tilbury Power Station, will allow us to do this.”
The consultation event takes place at Gravesend Old Town Hall in High Street on Thursday, March 16 from 10am to 6pm.

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Foyle Port Launches New £4m State of the Art Tug "Strathfoyle"Foyle Port Launches New £4m State of the Art Tug "Strathfoyle"
Added: 23 Feb 2017
Derry Now
22 February 2017

‘Strathfoyle’, a vessel that represents an investment of £4m in the ongoing development of the port’s business.
It was launched at a short ceremony at Foyle Port’s Lisahally Terminal which was attended by staff, customers and other port stakeholders.
The new vessel is a Damen ASD 2310 built by Dutch shipbuilder The Damen Group, which specialises in tugs, workboats and patrol vessels. Damen was selected to supply the vessel following an open European public tender process.
The 23-metre long tug has a maximum bollard pull of 50 tonnes and will be the most powerful vessel in the four-strong Foyle Port tug fleet.
As well as having the manoeuvrability and durability for which the ASD range is known, the new Foyle Port tug is also be fitted with the optional aft towing winch and a hydraulic deck crane to equip it for general harbour and terminal assistance duties, as well as sea towing.

Captain Bill McCann, Harbour Master and Operations Director at Foyle Port, said: “Strathfoyle, working alongside its sister tug Shrove will ensure Foyle Port offers the safest, most efficient, manoeuvrable and powerful towage service needed for the very large vessels that now berth at the Lisahally terminal.
“This significant £4m investment in new equipment demonstrates Foyle Port’s continued commitment to our customers and will, we believe, help us to play our part in further regional growth across the North West.”
Arjen van Elk, Damen sales manager for the UK & Ireland added: “We are very pleased to have delivered this new Damen tug to a major port authority in Northern Ireland which is expanding its business. We are confident that the ASD 2310 will be a valuable asset in the future growth of Foyle Port.”
Damen’s ASD or Azimuth Stern Drive tugs are equipped with two stern engines capable of generating a 360 degree, all-directional propulsion force that provides the tug with added manoeuvrability.
The Strathfoyle will work alongside the Port’s existing ASD tug the Shrove and replace its older conventional single screw tug the Culmore, which will be kept in reserve for use when either of the others is in dry-dock for servicing.
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Associated British Ports Hails Record Year for Port of IpswichAssociated British Ports Hails Record Year for Port of Ipswich
Added: 22 Feb 2017
Ipswich Star
Duncan Brodie
21 February 2017

The Port of Ipswich has hailed a record 2016, with the tonnage of ships calling at the port increasing by 13% year-on-year.

Parent group Associated British Ports (ABP) said a total of 743 ships called at the port last year, an increase of 8% compared with 2015 and representing capacity of 2.6m gross tonnes.

This figure reflected the use of larger ships which included the biggest ever vessel to call at the port – the 156.93metre Dijksgracht which arrived in December with a shipment of 10,500 tonnes of rice from Texas for the Ipswich Grain Terminal.
ABP has invested more than £5.4m over the past year in new facilities at Ipswich, which is the UK’s leading export port for agricultural products. This includes a new bulk store, due for completion in April.
ABP short sea ports director Andrew Harston said: “Our 2016 figures are yet another positive indicator of the importance of the Port of Ipswich to the broader East Anglian economy.
“An 8% increase in ship calls is a testament to the efforts of our staff and customers who are striving to continually grow their businesses. We are now looking forward to improving this result again in 2017.”
Volumes at the Port of Ipswich has been growing year-on-year since 2013. It is one of three ports operated by ABP in East Anglia, together with Lowestoft and King’s Lynn.
The group says that, together, the three ports and their customers contribute £340m to the economy every year, supporting 3,577 jobs in the region and 5,000 nationally.
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Weymouth Harbour Budget ends Year on a High, but There are Challenges AheadWeymouth Harbour Budget ends Year on a High, but There are Challenges Ahead
Added: 21 Feb 2017
Dorset Echo
Rachel Stretton
21 February 2017

WEYMOUTH Harbour is set to end the financial year on a high, but there are still significant challenges ahead.
The Harbour Management Board is set to meet on tomorrow, Wednesday, to discuss the 2016/17 budget.
Reports prepared for the committee state that there will be a surplus of £139,441 on this year’s budget, which will be carried forward for reserves.
There was a financial boost from income earned when part of blockbuster Dunkirk was filmed in and around the harbour last summer. The film will be in cinemas from July 21.

Further income was also increased by letting out storage areas at the port, RPI increases on licences and efforts to ensure all users are charged for the energy they are using.
But money was pulled from the Harbour Reserves fund last year to balance the 2016/17 budget, and to finance a rolling programme of works. The reserves were needed to plug a hole in the income left after the departure of the Condor ferry service.
The board has been holding workshops to discuss how the harbour can be kept afloat financially in the long term. A report states the workshops have been ‘successful in helping with the understanding of the scale of the financial challenge in the absence of a ferry service’ and that they have also identified the need for a longer term strategy for the harbour, which will feed into the Town Centre Masterplan work.
In addition to repairs to the harbour walls, which is being funded by cash raised from the sale of the old council offices at North Quay, the report also states capital funding needs to be found for dredging the harbour. A marine licence has been granted but the extent of the dredging will depend on the funding available.

The report states: “Dredging is key to the future success of the harbour and needs to be funded as a capital project at the earliest opportunity.”
Parking around the harbour has also been identified as an issue. The report recommends that incentives to encourage pleasure boat users are explored, adding: “Parking remains the largest factor for discouraging customers to berth with us. Despite several meetings with parking and numerous changes to the parking policy and charges there has not been a favourable solution for boat owners.

“This will potentially get worse as parking spaces are removed from North Quay and perhaps in due course with any Town Centre Masterplan developments.”

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Ambitious Plans Revealed to Turn Nairn Harbour into Watersports Market LeaderAmbitious Plans Revealed to Turn Nairn Harbour into Watersports Market Leader
Added: 21 Feb 2017
The Press and Journal
David Kerr
21 February 2017

A Highland town could be in the running to become Scotland’s marine sports capital if ambitious plans to revamp its harbour are realised.

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20 Year Development Plan Underway at Shoreham Port20 Year Development Plan Underway at Shoreham Port
Added: 21 Feb 2017
Marine Link
Joseph R. Fonseca
19 February 2017

It’s been a busy start to 2017 at Shoreham Port with imports and exports flowing steadily through, new recruits joining the team and a number of development projects under way.

Port Masterplan

Recently, long-term plans at the Port have been in the spotlight. A framework for development for the Port over the next 20 years is set out in the Port’s Masterplan and in December the Masterplan underwent a ‘light touch review’ to bring the plans right up to date.

The Masterplan includes details of how the Port plans to meet its objectives as an ‘Eco-Port’ and improve the sustainability of all the trading and business activity taking place there. Key objectives include maintaining EcoPort status and continuing to be an important location for renewable energy.

The revised draft of the Masterplan is now available to view online at The Port welcomes any comments on the findings of the review and the proposed changes and asks that any feedback be sent to Peter Davies, Development Director –, by the 24th February. 

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Included in the Masterplan are details of Shoreham Port’s role as a Trust Port. Operating as a Trust Port means Shoreham Port places a very high value on its links with the local community. The Port supports local charities, schools and community groups, conducts port tours for local interest groups, industry organisations and college and university students and engages in supportive community initiatives.

The Port is currently creating a visitor and training centre at their Nautilus House headquarters by refurbishing the former garage area on the ground floor. The visitor centre will offer a fantastic facility for port visitors with a main theme of education.  It will be used as a base for school trips, port tours and other group visits and there will also be a small museum area showcasing rare artefacts and other information about the Port’s rich history.

Rodney Lunn, Chief Executive at Shoreham Port commented “The Port will see considerable change this year, whether this is in terms of new staff joining the team or improvements to our infrastructure and facilities. The main markets for the Port’s cargo continue to remain active and, with high demand for our lettable properties, the outlook remains positive for 2017.”
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£870k Work to Secure Future of Perth Harbour£870k Work to Secure Future of Perth Harbour
Added: 20 Feb 2017
The Courier
Jamie Buchan
18 February 2017

A major dredging operation on the River Tay will be a “game changer” for Perth Harbour, bosses have claimed.
The £870,000 project which is expected to get under way this summer will unlock the port to larger vessels.
The harbour’s future was thrown into doubt last year when it lost its biggest customer, animal feed giant EWOS Ltd, which moved its business to Grangemouth.
Perth and Kinross Council got to work on a business strategy after councillors voted to retain ownership of the docks.
Local authority chiefs were warned by harbour business owners that without major investment, the asset could be lost for good.
Next week, councillors will be told that a deal has been struck for the first phase of work to dredge the port to five metres, just over 16ft.
Scope work is expected to be completed by the end of May, while a tender contract for the job should be issued sometime next month.
Dredging is scheduled to start at the beginning of June and should be completed by the end of August.

A report by council investment manager Serge Merone said the harbour has also been boosted by a deal with construction firm Balfour Beatty, which is bringing material for the new A9/A85 junction in through the harbour.
Mr Merone said that the harbour was now being promoted in specialist directories such as the Ports of Scotland Year Book.
Ross Howie, who operates the harbour’s Calport shipping service, said that, after years of uncertainty, the port was now looking toward a brighter future.
“The imminent dredging programme is hugely exciting for all of Perth’s port users, in particular Calport which handles the bulk of all goods which are delivered and dispatched from the harbour quays,” he said.

“It has been a long time in coming to fruition, but we applaud the council for standing by their promise to increase the available draft of water.
“This will help encourage larger users and bigger ships but crucially it will allow the current coaster ships of around 1,500 tonnes cargo to reach Perth on almost any day of a given month.”
Mr Howie said: “This is a game changer for the port and will allow us to market the excellent geographical location which Perth offers.”
He went on to praise new harbourmaster John Taylor, who he described as “very proactive”.
“We are working closely with him and his team to bring new customers and product to the port,” Mr Howie said.
Dredging will also bolster the council’s plan to transform the Tay into a busy thoroughfare for water taxis and leisure cruises.
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Mallaig Harbour Sets Out Plans for £90 Million UpgradeMallaig Harbour Sets Out Plans for £90 Million Upgrade
Added: 20 Feb 2017
The Scotsman
17 February 2017
Gareth Mackie

Plans have been unveiled for a £90 million transformation of Mallaig Harbour in a bid to increase ferry services and accommodate larger vessels at the site. Mallaig Harbour Authority said that its 20-year strategy could also deliver a new facility for West Highland College, incorporating multi-use space for education and business. The upgrade could deliver a major economic boost for Mallaig. As well as making the outer harbour more accessible for fishing boats, the masterplan envisages a new breakwater quay to enable ferries up to 105 metres long to berth at the site, along with a deepwater quay for cruise liners up to 160 metres.
CalMac hits new heights as boss remains at helm In the Mallaig Harbour Authority’s masterplan document, it states: “Mallaig Harbour must not stand still. The consequence of ‘do nothing’ is highly likely to be gradual decline, loss of industries and direct jobs, and people leaving, with obvious impacts on the village.“In contrast, the masterplan transforms the prospects of the village and its population, and also sustains the peripheral island and remote mainland communities that Mallaig Harbour serves.The authority estimates that the successful implementation of its plans would generate an economic boost of up to £155m over the next 30 years and create about 125 extra jobs a year in the first seven years – on top of the 200 existing roles in aquaculture, fisheries and the boatyard that would be safeguarded.

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Growth Sees Need for Harbour Master in TobermoryGrowth Sees Need for Harbour Master in Tobermory
Added: 20 Feb 2017
Oban Times
Louise Glen
17 February 2017

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16 Weeks of work Costing £550k to Shore up West Bay Harbour16 Weeks of work Costing £550k to Shore up West Bay Harbour
Added: 20 Feb 2017

Bridport & Lyme Regis News
David Bol
17 February 2017

WORK is set to start to strengthen part of the West Bay Harbour wall to stop it from falling into the sea.
West Dorset District Council is spending around £550,000 to carry out the work to strengthen the quay walls at West Bay’s deep water berth, which will begin on Monday (20).
The work, which will be carried out by Raymond Brown Construction on behalf of the district council, will take approximately 16 weeks to complete. Public access to part of the quayside will be halted while the work takes place.

In 2011, it was revealed that part of the grade II listed wall was at risk of collapse. A public consultation was held in 2014 for residents to have their say on plans to shore up the wall.
The normal working hours for contractors will be from Monday to Friday between 7.30am and 6pm, while if work is required on Saturdays, it will run between 8am and 2pm.
The masonry and concrete harbour walls at the West Bay deep water berth have suffered substantial settlement over many years and are now in a poor condition.
Works will be done to stabilise the quay wall by constructing a concrete slab on the quayside that will reduce the forces placed on it by the movement of vehicles and fishing equipment. The quay wall will be strengthened further by inserting small diameter piles through it into the ground below as well repairing the stonework.

Cllr John Russell, the district council’s executive portfolio holder for environmental protection and assets, said: “We are pleased to be able to take this much needed maintenance work forward, during this time we will also be installing electric and water services and mooring bollards as well as new lifting equipment for unloading fishing boats.
“Public access to the quayside along the deep water berth section will not be permitted during the works but the rest of the harbour quayside will be available for people to enjoy.
"We will endeavour to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum for residents, businesses and the general public.”

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Former Port Manager Steps into Retirement with Lifetime Achievement AwardFormer Port Manager Steps into Retirement with Lifetime Achievement Award
Added: 19 Feb 2017
About My Area
16 February 2017

Martin Putman, the recently retired Port Manager at Portsmouth International Port, has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement accolade at “The News Business Excellence Awards”.
Martin, who had worked for 28 years at Portsmouth International Port before retiring at the end of 2016, was nominated for the award by business leaders in Portsmouth and former colleagues at Britain’s Best Connected Port. 
The award is a reflection of nearly three decades of hard work, with Martin playing a key role in keeping Portsmouth International Port competitive in an ever-changing maritime market. He was responsible for leading a multi-million pounds programme of redevelopment, that resulted in a stunning new terminal building and improved facilities for shipping.
The awards were organised by The News, Portsmouth’s daily newspaper, and were attended by local business people. They were told that Martin Putman had helped make Portsmouth International Port one of the busiest Ports in the country, had brought millions of pounds into the local economy and secured hundreds of jobs.
Martin was characteristically humble about the award, and was shocked to win. He said, “The success of the business at the Port was secured by a huge team so it seems strange to be here on my own. Everybody who wants to achieve business excellence needs a good team behind them, as I did. That team also included Portsmouth City Council, all the customers who decided to bring their ships to Portsmouth and of course, on a personal note, the support of my wife and my family.” 
After a successful career at sea, Martin moved to Portsmouth in 1988, starting as Assistant Harbour Manager. Since arriving he has overseen important changes to the business, and has been responsible for investments in new facilities to benefit ferry, cruise ships and cargo operations.

Promoted to Harbour Master in 1991, Martin took the helm as Port Manager on April 1st 1995, just as the ferry industry began to face competition from the newly opened Channel Tunnel. In the ensuing years he has striven to keep Portsmouth International Port competitive and flexible, and has helped deliver a facility that is truly fit for the 21st century.
Martin is now enjoying retirement with his wife and family. His successor is Mike Sellers, who has spent most of his career with ABP in the East of England. Mike officially started at Portsmouth International Port in January.
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Port of London Trade Hits 50 Million TonnesPort of London Trade Hits 50 Million Tonnes
Added: 17 Feb 2017
13th February 2017

LondonTrade - Port of London trade in 2016 reached the highest this decade, rising 10% to top 50 million tonnes for the first time since 2008.
The strong performance reflects continued growth at terminals along the Thames where a pair of newbuild Arklow Shipping cargoships docked as previously reported on Afloat. The volumes of oil, containers and building materials all rose markedly. Prior to 2016, port throughput had been increasing at between two to three percent, year-on-year.
Port of London Authority chief executive, Robin Mortimer said: "Our long term Vision is for 60 to 80 million tonnes of cargo to be traded every year through the Port of London - more than at any time in the Thames’ history. Passing 50 million tonnes in 2016 is a major milestone towards this goal.”
The tonnage of cargo handled at terminals on the Thames last year was 50.4 million tonnes, five million tonnes (or 11%) up on 2015. Growth was principally in oil trades which rose by 22% from 10.9 million tonnes in 2015 to 13.3 million tonnes in 2016. Containers and trailers (unitised traffic) was up 7% to 18 million tonnes; aggregates and cement increased again from 10.7 million tonnes (16%) up to 12.4 million tonnes. Cereal volumes also increased by 15% to one million tonnes.
2016 saw the first cargoes delivered to the Thames Oil Port, the former Coryton oil refinery site now redeveloped as a fuel terminal. At the Port of Tilbury , a new chilled store for NFT was opened and the acquisition of land for port expansion was completed.
DP World London Gateway handled increasing numbers of ultra large container ships - operating between Asia and Europe - benefiting from its operational resilience in bad weather, as well as securing additional central and south American and Oceania services; testing of facilities on Berth Three at the deep-sea port also started at the end of 2016.
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Cardiff’s Waterways Set to See Record Visitor Numbers This YearCardiff’s Waterways Set to See Record Visitor Numbers This Year
Added: 17 Feb 2017
Wales On Line
Katie Sands
13 February 2017

The figure is set to be around three times bigger than the visitor number in 2002

Cardiff is set to see a record number of visitors travel on the city’s waterways this year, Cardiff Harbour Authority has revealed.
The body – which is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Cardiff Bay Barrage, as well as navigational management within the Harbour limits – is on course to see around 200,000 people travel on the waterways in 2016-17 when figures are released in May.

This is what Cardiff council wants to spend its money on this year
The figure would be a huge boost from the 72,000 people who used the waterways when they opened in 2002 – and almost three times that figure from 2002.
Around £1m has been spent over the past 13 years to put in nine water stops – including at Channel View, the Doctor Who Experience and Techniquest.

Harbour master Andrew Vye-Parminter told the BBC that money could be spent improving water stops that are already in place, by providing covered waiting areas, for example.
“Commuter routes have been investigated and first looked at 10 years ago,” he told the BBC.

Work under way on a 100 home and apartment scheme in Cardiff Bay
“However, many issues need to be weighed up, such as demand, cost, speed, price compared to putting an extra bus on the road and weather - such as river flows preventing it from operating.”
He also said there is only a “finite area” of water, with the authority wanting to keep it open to all vessels, such as sailing boats, yachts and canoes.
He added that the authority will “encourage and support” ideas, such as any future proposals.

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Volunteers Ready to Respond to Oil Pollution in North DevonVolunteers Ready to Respond to Oil Pollution in North Devon
Added: 13 Feb 2017
North Devon Gazette
Matt Smart
10 February 2017

A group of volunteers are now fully equipped to deal with oil pollution emergencies at Ilfracombe Harbour.
The team of North Devon Council officers have been trained in how to respond in the event of an oil spillage after completing two days of practical and theory training.
Ilfracombe Harbour master Rob Lawson said it was important a ‘readiness to respond to any pollution incident’ was maintained along the North Devon coast and the harbour.
He added: “I am very grateful to the team of volunteers for their enthusiasm and hard work during the training.
“However, I hope that I never have to call on them for real because it will mean that we have an environmentally damaging oil spill on our coastline.”
North Devon Council has a statutory responsibility to maintain a response plan in the case of oil pollution.
Ilfracombe Harbour Board chairman, Councillor Ian Meadlarkin said the training ensures there is a group of people to ‘act quickly and efficiently’ should an incident occur.

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Penrexit ? Should Penryn Take Back Control of its PortPenrexit ? Should Penryn Take Back Control of its Port
Added: 10 Feb 2017
The Packet
Peter Johnstone
9 February 2017

Should Penryn take back control of its port or are Cornwall’s harbours better together? That was the issue fiercely debated at the latest town council meeting on Monday (6/2).
Councillors were discussing the potential devolution of the Port of Penryn, following plans to create a new Harbour Order for all the facilities currently run by Cornwall Council through its Harbours Board.
The harbours plan, as discussed at a meeting of Penryn’s planning committee, would see Penryn and Truro harbours, along with Prince of Wales Pier in Falmouth and the harbours at Bude, Newquay, Penzance, Portwrinkle, Portscatho, Portreath and St Ives, all brought under permanent control of the harbours board, run by the council’s harbour master. It would guarantee that the harbour master retains control over the running of the harbour’s rather than a Cornwall Council member or portfolio, with all surplus after running costs placed into a shared pot and used for improvements to port facilities.

At the planning meeting in December councillors said running a port was beyond the expertise of the town council, but the harbour order could mean the town permanently lost control of the port. It was noted the port currently had £300,000 ring fenced reserves, turned a profit, and could be run with competent employees, and the issue was passed for full council consideration.
At Monday’s meeting Councillor John Langan, who is pushing for the port to leave the group and be managed by the town, said: "Truro and Penzance don’t want to get involved because they are surplus making. Nobody else makes money, we are the third one.
"Andy Brigden [Cornwall Council’s Maritime Manager] wants the ones with money in the bank to fund the others."
He proposed that a group of councillors create a business plan to prove the port "can stand alone," before entering into a "meaningful discussion," and added: "There’s costs involved but we’ve got money in the kitty."

However Councillor Mary May, who sits on Cornwall Council’s Harbour Board - which currently runs the harbours, including Penryn - argued that the town would not benefit as the money "is not for Penryn, it’s for our port." She added that Penryn and Truro Harbours’ reserves were guaranteed to be ringfenced under any future order.

She also pointed out that Penryn going it alone would mean extra costs for the town, a need for new equipment and staff, and the port would lose out on economies of scale. However she admitted "things don’t get done [under the current system] and it’s hard to spend our money."
She warned councillors to "make sure you know what you’re asking for," with a working party.
Mr Langan responded that he did not intend to spend any of the reserve, but the port could make a surplus and running the port was "not rocket science," but "only accounting... only sending out bills."
Councillor David Garwood agreed "in principle" with Mrs May, and said if the port didn’t help support others "we’ll just pay more council tax or something" as Cornwall Council looked at other ways to fund the smaller harbours.
But what did appeal to him about making Penryn an independent port was if it could be made "nicer for the town or for the community."
And Councillor Keven Green said the town had a "beautiful harbour" and it should "come back to the town."
The council voted to create a working party to put together a business plan for the port.

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Transformation Fund of £2m Agreed for Burry Port HarbourTransformation Fund of £2m Agreed for Burry Port Harbour
Added: 09 Feb 2017
Business News Wales
Rachel Jones
8 February 2017

Carmarthenshire Council’s Executive board members have pledged their support to Burry Port Harbour.
Members agreed a host of Improvement and maintenance works totalling over £2m including a phased programme to transform and repair the harbour walls.
Sand dredging will be increased along the approach channel and accessible areas of the outer harbour basin ahead of the summer season when the harbour is at its busiest. This will increase usage and enable the harbour to be central to the regeneration of the area.

The council’s executive board member for leisure, Cllr Meryl Gravell said:
“Burry Port Harbour attracts hundreds of visitors every week and we are very proud to have such a wonderful facility as part of our Millennium Coastal Park. Our decision today will demonstrate our commitment to the harbour that will support its future as a working marina and major tourist attraction.”
Carmarthenshire Council leader, Cllr Emlyn Dole said:
“Investment in Burry Port Harbour will support the wider regeneration for the area and will provide a real incentive for businesses looking to invest in the area. I am delighted that this administration has been able to deliver the long term investment that Burry Port has always needed.”
A major silt dredge of the inner harbour costing £750k is included in the planned improvements. Historically, the harbour has always filled with silt and has to be removed every 10-20 years.
Repairs to the listed harbour walls totalling £1.94m will be phased over 5 to 10-year period. Works will be carried out on a priority basis with officers also exploring grant opportunities for funding.
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Brimscombe Port Regeneration Continues with £3m Investment Towards Infrastructure CostsBrimscombe Port Regeneration Continues with £3m Investment Towards Infrastructure Costs
Added: 09 Feb 2017
Stroud News and Journal
Jamie Wiseman
7 February 2017

Martin Whiteside, district councillor for the area, hopes the port will be a thriving “new heart and soul” for Brimscombe

THREE million pounds is being invested in pushing forward with the long-awaited regeneration of Brimscombe Port in the next few years.
Stroud District Council (SDC) announced the updated spending plans as part of its long-term budget blueprint last week.
The authority wants to completely redevelop the historic inland port with around 200 waterside properties, a new community centre, cafes, bars and shops and a reworked canal and quayside.
Work has already started on designing a new road bridge over the river and canal and over the next three years SDC is set to pump a further £2.9m into the first phase of infrastructure works to create roads and the new bridge to make the site attractive to developers.

In 2017/18 it will spend £450,000 on initial ground works, followed by another £1.6m the following year, and a final £850,000 by the end of the decade.
The project has so far received £3 million towards the total it needs to get off the ground, made up of funding from both SDC and the Government.
Martin Whiteside, district councillor for the area, hopes the port will be a thriving “new heart and soul” for Brimscombe and a place for residents from across the district to visit and enjoy.
The first phase of work will also see money spent on the removal of unused manufacturing buildings from the site and the restoration of the historic form of the port.

New canal channels will be dug to replace those lost in the 20th century and a range of new buildings will be built to complement those of Port Mill.
Infrastructure work will also involve raising the bridge so canal boats can pass underneath and creating a new river crossing under the canal.
This will create places well as places for canal boats to moor up, Work is expected to start on this side of the project in 2018.
This preparation work for the site will hopefully pave the way for developers to move in from the end of the decade, so a completion date is still very far away.

However in the next few years, businesses currently on site will be asked by the council to make way, including Rush Skate Park and Indoor Football. It is understood both these buildings will be demolished.
SDC is working closely with all those effected to try and find new premises in the Stroud district in time for the redevelopment.
It also hopes the new-build will bring in Business Rate income and a New Homes Bonus.

Background on Brimscombe Port.
Brimscombe Port is a former inland port dating back to the 1780`s. Following the decline of the canals as a mode of transport the port became redundant and was in - filled in the 1930`s and latterly developed as an industrial site in the 1960s.
Today the port site still acts as an industrial site but has become unattractive and is showing signs of it age.
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Back in Time on the Tyne for HMS ExampleBack in Time on the Tyne for HMS Example
Added: 09 Feb 2017
Navy News
7 February 2017

Patrol boat HMS Example gave crew, students and VIPs an historical treat when she ferried them up and down the Tyne.
The P2000 dropped guests off at Tynemouth Lighthouse and Newcastle Swing Bridge for unique tours of the wonders of engineering.

HMS Example passing under the Tyne bridge, with the Swing Bridge, High Level Bridge, and Queen Elizabeth II Metro Bridge
GLIDING beneath one of the nation’s iconic bridges, patrol boat HMS Example returns to her berth at HMS Calliope after giving crew and VIPs an historical tour of the Tyne.
The P2000, which gives students from Northumbria universities an insight into the work of the Royal Navy, sailed down river, then up again as experts from the Port of Tyne shared their knowledge of the great river’s history.
Crew and students from the University Royal Naval Unit were joined by the harbourmaster and deputy harbourmaster of the Port of Tyne, the Deputy Master of Trinity House, the Chairman of Derwenthaugh Marina and a good smattering of reservists from Calliope – all squeezed aboard the 68ft vessel.
Example took them first to Tynemouth Pier Lighthouse, where everyone on board jumped off for a tour of the structure – including a clamber up numerous steps to the top for the more athletic – and talk about the history of the building, which has been saving lives since 1908.
Then it was up river to the Swing Bridge, sandwiched between the Tyne and High Level Bridges. A Blue Badge Tour Guide was on hand to show the sailors and guests around the workings of the 1878 crossing which still relies on the original Victorian machinery to open and close.
“The day was a great way to re-build our relations with HMS Example’s affiliates including Trinity House and Port of Tyne,” said Example’s CO Lt Thomas Stapley-Bunten.
“What better way to bring together these three maritime organisations than an historical maritime tour of the River we all share.”
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Tilbury’s £1 Billion Drive to Build a Global Trading Port on the ThamesTilbury’s £1 Billion Drive to Build a Global Trading Port on the Thames
Added: 07 Feb 2017
Financial Times
Gill Plummer
5 February

Deep-sea jetty and Amazon logistics centre will help triple jobs

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 Funding Boost for Small Irish Harbours
Added: 07 Feb 2017
Dredging On Line
6 February 2017

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, has announced details of a €28 million Capital Investment Package for the ongoing development of Ireland’s Local Authority owned small harbour network.
In announcing the initiative the Minister said: “The €28 million I am allocating for the 2017 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme represents a significantly increased   capital investment in the six Fishery Harbour Centres and other fisheries related marine infrastructure. It is testament not only to this Governments ongoing commitment to the Seafood sector, but also to the success of the sector in terms of increased activity levels.”
The Annual Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme provides funding for development works, safety and maintenance at the six Fishery Harbour Centres at Howth, Dunmore East, Castletownbere, Dingle, Ros an Mhil and Killybegs.
The primary function of the Fishery Harbour Centres is to underpin the ongoing development of the fisheries and seafood processing sectors, while also facilitating other diverse marine related activities. The annual value of all fish landings into the six Fishery Harbour Centres increased from €136.8 million to €262.3 million over the period from 2010 to 2015.
The Minister said: “I have set aside almost €25.5 million towards development works, safety and maintenance at the six Fishery Harbour Centres which account for around 85 per cent of all fish landed into Ireland. I have also proved €2.5 million for a Local Authority Harbour Development and Marine Leisure programme to assist coastal Local Authorities in the repair and development of small scale piers, harbours and slipways under their ownership.”
Flagship projects in the 2017 Capital Programme include major quay extensions at Castletownbere, Killybegs, and Howth. Also of note is the dredging of the navigation channel in Dingle, the completion of the Small Craft Harbour in Ros an Mhíl and the West Wharf  upgrade in Dunmore East.
The Minister concluded by saying: “This €28 million investment will build on the €64 million invested in the Fishery Harbour Centres since 2010 and the €23 million invested in the Local Authority infrastructure over the same period. It continues to improve the facilities at our Fishery Harbour Centres and other public harbours around our coast attracting increasing and additional economic activities, benefitting a broad cohort of current and future harbour users including the fishing industry, seafood processing sector, other ancillary marine industries, and the wider rural coastal communities."
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Porthleven’s Sea Defence Baulks Begin to Break in StormPorthleven’s Sea Defence Baulks Begin to Break in Storm
Added: 07 Feb 2017
The Packet
Emma Ferguson
5 February 2017

Porthleven narrowly avoided a repeat of the 2014 disaster in Thursday’s storms after 26 foot waves saw the harbour’s sea defences begin to break up again.
Pictures show one of the wooden baulks, which protect the harbour and its sheltering fishing boats from the force of the waves, snapped in half and another apparently missing entirely, as a result of the storms hitting the port over Thursday and into Friday.
Waves hit a peak of 26 feet / eight metres high on three occasions on Thursday - at 6.30am, 12 noon and 12.30pm – with data showing both height and a sustained force from 6pm onwards throughout the night.

Thankfully the rest of the baulk continued to hold, meaning the harbour was not under threat in the same way as in February 2014, when huge waves rolled in as the defences failed entirely, causing boats to the sunk and the remainder having to be removed from the water for safety – the first time this had happened in more than a century.
The resultant cost of the damage and clear up operation topped £100,000 and the Fishermen’s Mission had to step in to help many fishermen who had lost their livelihoods.
This week has been a timely reminder of the help given, in the run up to a fundraising auction taking place in Porthleven in aid of the Fishermen’s Mission and featuring artwork from the wooden baulks damaged in 2014.

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Southampton Port Boss Welcomes Competition from Local Rival PortsmouthSouthampton Port Boss Welcomes Competition from Local Rival Portsmouth
Added: 07 Feb 2017
Southern Daily Echo
Andrew Ross
5 February 2017

COULD Southampton’s near neighbour and longtime rival be trying to cut in on the cruise market.
No is the answer.
Although Mike Sellers, the new port director at Portsmouth International Port, believes Hampshire’s second largest city is well positioned to grab more of the lucrative trade, Pompey is not setting itself up as a rival to Southampton as the UK’s cruise capital.
A spokesman for the port said that Portsmouth couldn’t physically handle the the number and size of giant modern ships which are regular visitors to Southampton.

All the same Portsmouth there’s plenty of cruise business to go round.
“The potential for growing the Cruise business at Portsmouth International Port was a significant factor in my choosing to take the job of Port Director,’ said Mr Sellers, who started in the role at the beginning of the year.
’It is clear that Portsmouth is perfectly placed to take further advantage of this important maritime tourist market. We have an enviable location, excellent transport links, and a wealth of world class tourist attractions on our doorstep.

’When assessing the business it was evident to me that the offering for cruise operators at Portsmouth International Port is impressive. The team delivers a bespoke service, with the flexibility to serve the needs of any small and medium sized cruise ship.
’The first class facilities make for a wonderful passenger experience, and guests can be walking the decks of famous historic warships and exploring our dynamic maritime city within minutes of disembarking.
’I see real possibility to grow the number of cruise ship calls that can take advantage of our first class location and facilities. My aim is to offer the best service to our cruise customers making their choice of destination or turnaround second to none.
I am excited about the possibilities for cruise ships at Portsmouth International Port, and would like to share our story with companies operating in British and European waters. With a home grown team challenging for the America’s Cup this year Portsmouth is once again at its maritime best.’

Currently a number of smaller cruise companies make calls at Portsmouth including Fred Olsen, Viking, Crystal Cruises, Silversea, Noble Caledonian and Saga and they dock at the ferry terminal - so their arrivals and departures must work around the ferry timetable.
The 2017 schedule - which runs from April to October - has around 25 ships coming to Portsmouth and this is fewer than it might have been after Swan Hellenic and Voyages of Discovery went into administration.
ABP Southampton port director, Alastair Welch, said: “Portsmouth has the capacity to take some of the smaller cruise ships and we always welcome competition.
“Southampton is supporting the growth of the largest and newest ships within the industry, while still working with our partners with smaller, bespoke offerings.
“Together the ports of Portsmouth and Southampton are very strong drivers of economic growth in the region.
“We look forward to working with Portsmouth to support the continued growth of the region.”
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Police Visit Brixham to Promote Coastal Terrorism and Crime InitiativePolice Visit Brixham to Promote Coastal Terrorism and Crime Initiative
Added: 03 Feb 2017
Herald Express
HEC Abbott
1 February 2017

POLICE have visited Brixham harbour to promote Project Kraken, the initiative to encourage the public to be on their guard against the threat of coastal terrorism and organised crime.
The joint initiative by Border Force, the National Crime Agency and the police encourages people to report suspicious or unusual activity in or around the coastline, ports and waterways, as ’even the smallest thing can be significant’.
Brixham Sergeant Lee Langley visited harbourmaster Dave Bartlett on Tuesday to discuss the project.

Sgt Langley said: "It was an opportunity to share information.

"If members of the public or people who work at the harbour see anything suspicious, we want them to let us know.
"We have popped to the harbour on occasion to check things out but there haven’t been any confirmed incidents so far."
Any unusual or suspicious activity should be reported to local police on 101 or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Any immediate emergency should always be reported to 999.

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Falmouth Fish & Chip Shop Named Best in the UKFalmouth Fish & Chip Shop Named Best in the UK
Added: 31 Jan 2017
Cornwall Live
Lee Trewhela
30 January 2017

The best fish and chip restaurant in the UK is saying a big thank you to customers on Saturday, February 11 when they’re taking prices back 17 years.
The Harbour Lights in Falmouth is reducing prices to those when owners Pete and Sue Fraser took over in 2000.

These prices will apply to all fish and chips, take away or eat in – both at Harbour Lights and its sister fish and chip restaurant Fraser’s in Penzance.
Harbour Lights has been crowned the best fish and chip restaurant in the UK after frying out on top at the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish.

The restaurant scooped the ultimate title - Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year – during an awards ceremony widely considered as the ’Oscars’ of the fish frying industry, held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London last week.
Pete said: "Wow, judged best in the whole of the UK, still can’t believe it. Driving back from the awards down the M4 on a rainy but very happy Thursday evening I was wracking my brains on how best to share this success with our amazing loyal customers who have been supporting us over so many years.
"I got thinking so much has changed since Sue and I took over the Harbour Lights in the year 2000. Why not turn the clock back to that misty February day, when totally green in the gills we took the keys, rolled up our sleeves and started our fish and chip adventure."
"Regular cod and chips will be available from our takeaway for only £2.50 or £3.75 in our restaurant. Our sister fish and chippery Fraser’s in Penzance (on the Prom) is joining in the fun and will be offering the same prices and festivities. It would be great if you could join us."

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Emergency £550k Repairs to Save Newquay Harbour Pier Before it Collapses into SeaEmergency £550k Repairs to Save Newquay Harbour Pier Before it Collapses into Sea
Added: 31 Jan 2017
Cornwall Live
CG Mike S
30 January 2017

Proposals to carry out the vital protection work on the Grade II-listed pier head at North Quay have been given the go-ahead by Cornwall Council planners after the authority was granted listed building consent.

Following an inspection of the north pier, it was discovered that the structure was in a poor condition, including several vertical cracks, as a result of storm damage.

Engineering and environmental consultancy firm Hyder Consulting recommended remedial works be carried out immediately to repair sections of the steel sheet pile wall, to prevent further damage and the eventual of the pier head.
The north pier forms part of Newquay Harbour which also consists of the south pier and an island pier located in the middle of the harbour.

A spokesperson for Cornwall Council said the authority commissioned Hyder Consulting to carry out an inspection of the north pier in 2013 and report on its findings.
The spokesperson said: ’This inspection indicated that the structure was in a poor condition. Comparisons with further inspections undertaken in 2014 and 2015 found that the structure was continuing to deteriorate.
’Given the current condition of the pier head, and in particular the condition of the sheet piles, Hyder Consulting recommended that remedial works be carried out immediately in order to retain the structural
integrity of the pier head.
’If works are not carried out to repair the damaged sections of the sheet pile wall, then continued wave and tidal action on the structure may cause further damage to the sheet piles and loss of fill material within the structure.
’If the structure continues to deteriorate, it will lead to the collapse of the pier head.’

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 £200 Million Loans for Dover Western Docks Revival
Added: 30 Jan 2017
Port Strategy
27 January 2017

A group of leading British and European lenders has agreed a £200m package of loans to support Dover Western Docks Revival project. The programme aims to create a purpose-built cargo and logistics facility at the Port, which currently handles up to £119bn of UK trade each year.Tim Waggott, Port of Dover chief executive, said: “Dover Western Docks Revival is the single biggest investment ever undertaken by the Port of Dover. It will define how we operate for decades to come.”“Currently handling 17 per cent of all the UK’s trade in goods, it is crucial the Port continues to evolve to meet the demands of an ever-changing political and trading landscape.”Allianz Global Investors has agreed to provide the programme with a £55mprivate placement bond while RBS and Lloyds Bank have each provided a £35m revolving credit facility. Alongside this, the European Investment Bank has confirmed a £75m loan.In addition to bespoke cargo and logistics facilities, Dover Western Docks Revival will also allow the Port to create a dedicated ferry terminal in the Eastern Docks and a transformed waterfront for Dover.“Dover has been the gateway for UK trade for over 400 years and is an iconic name within the Infrastructure market,” said Guillaume Fleuti, head of infrastructure and energy for Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.He added: “Lloyds has a long-standing relationship with Dover and the opportunity to support the Port in its expansion activities goes to the very heart of what Lloyds seeks to achieve – supporting clients and helping Britain prosper. The expansion of the Port is the next evolution in the history of Dover and one which Lloyds looks forward to further supporting.”
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Port of Milford Haven to Host Powerboat P1 National Championships’s Welsh Grand Prix in JulyPort of Milford Haven to Host Powerboat P1 National Championships’s Welsh Grand Prix in July
Added: 29 Jan 2017
The Milford Mercury
Joanna Sayers
26 January 2017

MILFORD Haven will host an ’action-packed’ weekend of powerboat racing this summer.
The Powerboat P1 National Championships’s Welsh Grand Prix will take place between July 14 and 16.
Following in the footsteps of Ironman and Red Bull Cliff Diving, the adrenalin-fuelled event is expected to further grow Pembrokeshire’s reputation as a host of world-class events.
Centred around the new Milford Waterfront development, this will be the only venue in Wales to welcome the powerboat racers in 2017.

Neil Jenkins, Destination Director at the Port of Milford Haven, said “Attracting world-class events is a key part of Milford Waterfront’s strategy and we’ve worked closely with Welsh Government and Pembrokeshire County Council to bring the P1 National Championships to Pembrokeshire.
"This will be an outstanding event which will help in drawing international attention to Pembrokeshire and Wales.
"We are looking forward to working with local businesses and community groups in the run up to the event to maximise the economic benefit and to ensure racers and spectators leave wanting to come back.”
It is understood the event will cost around £100,000 to host.

To date, the Port of Milford Haven has received backing of £30,000 from the Welsh Government, and £10,000 from Pembrokeshire County Council, plus support in kind.
At its recent precept meeting, Milford Town Council voted to delay making a general donation, and will instead meet with the Port to discuss funding a specific part of the event.
The Grand Prix fits well with the Port’s vision of revitalising the existing waterfront, transforming it into a retail and maritime ’destination’.
Its plans to redevelop the area are predicted to create around 600 local jobs, and boost the local economy.
Racers will use Milford Waterfront as their base throughout the event, and the Port has said there will also be "exciting build-up activities, events and hospitality" for spectators.

The race itself is set to feature Pembrokeshire’s own Powerboating team, Daisy and Sam Coleman, who are sponsored by Milford Waterfront in 2017.
The team, Coleman Racing, claimed the P1 Superstock National Championship title in Bournemouth last year and were the first team in the series’ history to podium at every event.
They will be using Milford Waterfront as their base for training and testing throughout the winter, as well as hosting experience days in the coming year with a variety of boats and jet skis on show.
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Clovelly Harbourmaster in New ITV ShowClovelly Harbourmaster in New ITV Show
Added: 29 Jan 2017
North Devon Gazette
Tony Gussin
26 January 2017

Viewers can watch Robson Green take a dip in the pool at Ilfracombe’s Tunnels Beaches and much more besides on ITV this Tuesday (January 31).
The first episode of new series Tales from the Coast with Robson Green focuses solely on his visit to North Devon and features some of the region’s most iconic beauty spots.
First, the presenter and actor visits the Tunnels Beaches in Ilfracombe, now a popular wedding venue, where he meets owners Jamie McLintock.
He learns how miners dug a network of tunnels through the cliffs to enable Victorian holiday-makers to access the beach and its tidal pool – before taking a bracing swim in the pool himself.
Robson Green with Clovelly Harbour Master Stephen Perham and a ’Clovelly sleigh’ used for moving goods over the steep cobbled street.
His next stop after Ilfracombe is the picturesque fishing village of Clovelly, where he meets harbour master Steve Perham and unwittingly finds himself involved in a dramatic cliff top rescue mission – which made the evening news.
* Watch Tales from the Coast with Robson Green this Tuesday, January 31, on ITV1 at 8pm.

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