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Redevelopment for Montrose Port QuaysideRedevelopment for Montrose Port Quayside
Added: 21 Apr 2017
Montrose Review
19 April 2017

Details of a new £5.2m upgrade programme for two quayside berths at Montrose will be revealed by the Port Authority next week. The upgrade will ensure the port is well placed to handle an increasingly diverse range of shipping traffic and cargoes. The details will be unveiled at Breakbulk Europe expo in Antwerp, which takes place from April 24 to 26. This refurbishment follows-on from previous investment of around £15m over the last few years to upgrade other berths at the port. The new upgrade will strengthen and deepen berths 7 and 8 on the north side of harbour, which will further enhance Montrose’s capability for handling larger vessels, including general cargo ships and those involved in the increasingly important oil and gas decommissioning sectors.The development work, which will commence in autumn 2017, will also include the provision of a new heavy lift pad to complement other heavy lift facilities on the north quay. It is anticipated these additional refurbished berths will help ensure the port becomes an attractive option for companies looking to set up a decommissioning base.Montrose Port Authority (MPA) chief executive, Nik Scott-Gray, said: “We see decommissioning as being a major growth sector over the coming years and this is why we are investing in our infrastructure to make Montrose an attractive option for companies working in this sector.“This latest upgrade will complement our other deepwater berthing and heavy lift capabilities completed over recent years and will also ensure that we can handle an even greater range of cargoes.” MPA will be exhibiting at next week’s Breakbulk Europe expo to further develop its business links with key European customers.This will be the second year in a row that MPA has attended Breakbulk, with last year’s expo helping the port to forge new links with the European maritime industry.Nik added: “Montrose is strategically placed on the east coast of Scotland as cargo handling centre for the European market and this is a message we are keen to get across to as wide an audience as possible.”Two Montrose based stevedoring and warehouse companies – Rix Shipping Ltd and Whyte Cargo Handlers Ltd – will join MPA on their stand at Antwerp to help showcase the excellent facilities at the port.

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Plans Lodged for Revamp of Historic Harbour on the Black IslePlans Lodged for Revamp of Historic Harbour on the Black Isle
Added: 21 Apr 2017
The Press and Journal
Calum Ross
20 April 2017

Plans have been lodged for a major revamp of an historic A listed harbour on the Black Isle.

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Fleet of ships Sail Out of Greenwich for Conclusion of Tall Ships RegattaFleet of ships Sail Out of Greenwich for Conclusion of Tall Ships Regatta
Added: 21 Apr 2017
This is Local London
Joe Dempsey
19 April 2017

A fleet of ships sailed out of Greenwich and Woolwich on their way to Quebec on the final day of the tall ships festival.
The Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta concluded with the ships leaving the Thames with a letter from the Queen for the people of Canada.
The scroll containing the letter was handed over to Captain Jurgens Hanekom of the Wylde Swan before they set sail.
MORE: Picture gallery: Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta gets under way
The scroll, which contains a copy of the letter in English and in French, will be handed to different Tall Ships at each of the ports enroute to Quebec.

Over 50 young people are on board the ships as crew for the first leg of the journey to Sines in Portugal.
The festival began on Thursday, April 13, and continued throughout the Easter weekend with musical and street performances throughout Greenwich.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors attended the festival, and visitors were able to climb aboard the ships docked on the Thames.


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ABPmer to Support Port of WaterfordABPmer to Support Port of Waterford
Added: 21 Apr 2017
Rupert Malins
ABPmer

ABPmer, a recognised numerical modelling and dredge specialist, has been commissioned by the Port of Waterford to develop hydrodynamic and sediment models of the Waterford Estuary, as part of its Master Plan process.

By replicating present conditions the model will be used to optimize the port’s current dredge commitment along with informing feasibility studies, environmental assessments, designs and construction plans for the port’s ongoing growth. 

Heidi Roberts, Head of Physical Processes at ABPmer said: “We are delighted to be asked to support the Port of Waterford in its future ambitions.

“As the in-house marine science advisor to Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s largest ports group, we know that successful design and operation of ports is dependent on understanding the natural environment.”

To inform and calibrate the models, it is essential to have a good understanding of the tidal and flow conditions both spatially and temporally within and throughout the estuary.  ABPmer has therefore contracted Hydrographic Surveys Ltd, a local survey company to undertake water quality surveys and to assist them in deploying instruments.

ABPmer is a leading provider of technical services to the port and harbour sector based on its technical capabilities, experience and diverse nature of its parent company (ABP) that owns and operates 21 ports and several marinas across the UK.

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Port and Canal Regeneration Will Bring Growth and ProsperityPort and Canal Regeneration Will Bring Growth and Prosperity
Added: 16 Apr 2017
Stroud News and Journal
Sam Evans
13 April 2017

THE Five Valleys is always growing, with independent, quirky businesses lining the high streets of Nailsworth, Stonehouse and Stroud.
Currently, there are lots of plans for the district council and a number of private firms to regenerate Stroud and the surrounding area.
Stroud District Council is heavily involved with two of the biggest regeneration projects in the area – the restoration of the canal and Brimscombe Port.
Back in 2008, much of the canal was a derelict wasteland.

The towpath was overgrown, unloved and generally a place to avoid.
Restoration of the canal had stalled and its future looked grim until SDC stepped in to support the Cotswold Canal Trust.
Since then, six miles of towpath have been upgraded and five miles of canal opened up, with six new bridges and nine locks restored.
The canal’s real importance, though, lies in its ability to transform the surrounding area into an attractive and vibrant place.

Property values have increased and inward investment attracted by canal restoration already totals a massive £114 million.
Mote than 2,000 students from 33 schools have been involved in canal- related learning and roughly 70 young people with learning difficulties have worked alongside hundreds of volunteers .
Canal restoration has also reduced areas prone to flooding.
New wildlife habitats have been created - with kingfishers, otters and other species regularly seen.
The council has recently announced a further £3 million investment into restoring the canal between Stonehouse and Saul, which will be the subject of a Heritage Lottery Funding bid in November “This would mean that boats from the country’s canal network can sail into Stroud and beyond,” said Dave Marshall, SDC’s canal project manager.
“Even though the benefits of restoring the canal are already tremendous, that really would realise its full potential.”

On Wednesday, March 8, the first private canal boat took up residence in the regenerated Stroudwater canal for the first time in 65 years.
Meanwhile, SDC is also investing £1million in Brimscombe Port, alongside £2million from the Homes & Communities Agency.
Engineers are now working on plans to put the canal back into the port, after which the rest can be developed into a visitor destination and residential area.
SDC wants to completely redevelop the historic inland port, which dates back to the 1780s, with around 200 waterside properties, a new community centre, cafes, bars, 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 £2.9 million into the first phase of infrastructure works to create roads and the new bridge to make the site attractive to developers.
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.
Work is expected to start on this side of the project in 2018. l Next week we look at the varied employment opportunities in the district.


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Catastrophe Looms at Ports After Brexit, Shipping Industry WarnsCatastrophe Looms at Ports After Brexit, Shipping Industry Warns
Added: 16 Apr 2017
The Guardian
Lisa O’Carroll
12 April 2017

UK Chamber of Shipping predicts problem across Europe unless frictionless border is in place after Britain leaves the EU

The UK is facing an “absolute catastrophe” if it does not sort out a “frictionless and seamless” border at Dover and other ports, the shipping industry has warned.
The UK Chamber of Shipping, which represents more than 170 freight ship, tanker and cruise liner companies, has called on governments across Europe to urgently grasp the challenge, arguing that a problem for the UK will also be a problem for ports in Holland, Belgium, France and Ireland.
“I think the UK government gets it, but I am not so sure other countries do,” said Guy Platten, the chief executive officer.
“It is a massive problem that we need to get solved. It is in the political gift to have a frictionless or not have a frictionless border. It is a human construct,” he said.
At a media briefing on Wednesday, the chamber said the issue was not the prospect of tariffs being introduced if the UK quits the European customs union as these could be processed electronically. It was, rather, the question of customs checks on either side of the borders between the UK and the continent, and the UK and Ireland.
He said Dublin would probably grind to a halt if customs checks were introduced at Dublin Port or Holyhead in north Wales, which handles 400,000 trucks every year delivering food and other goods to shops and suppliers in the UK and the continent.

The freight and haulage industry and Eurotunnel warned earlier this year that a port such as Dover, the busiest truck port in the UK, could face gridlock of up to 30 miles if customs checks were introduced after the UK left the European union.
The port handles 2.6m trucks a year while Eurotunnel caters for another 1.6m a year at its Le Shuttle gateway a few miles inland.
In the summer of 2015, a French ferry workers’ strike led to more than 7,000 trucks backed up the motorway almost as far as Maidstone. With as many as 16,000 trucks a day using Dover, the potential for a repeat of that episode alarms business.
Non-EU trucks at the moment have to go through customs checks in Dover and it can take 20 minutes for paperwork to be cleared for each vehicle. If there are problems with VAT or random customs checks, the truck can be delayed for hours, days or weeks.
“It can take up to an hour for a truck now, multiply that by 8,000 a day (the number of lorries on a slow day) and you can see what happens. It is going to be an absolute disaster for the ports and for our sector as well,” said Platten.

Post-Brexit customs gridlock could choke UK trade, experts warn

Michael Lux, a customs expert, told the Guardian in February that one elegant solution would be to handle the customs checks in Calais where space is not an issue, but this would require a political response.
Platten said ports such as Calais, Zeebrugge in Belgium and Dublin, had to be part of the solution.
“We don’t want anyone to win or lose in the Brexit negotiations because we trade on both sides,” said Platten.
Passenger ferries will also be hit if there are delays. Platten said operators such as Brittany Ferries, which relies on the UK for 80% of its traffic, were growing concerned, along with P&O Ferries, Stena Line and logistics company DFDS.

Platten said one solution may be customs checks “at the point of dispatch or point of sale” but there was nowhere in the world with a customs model similar to Dover-Calais to draw lessons from.
A frictionless and seamless border is predicated on an electronic system that would pre-clear “trusted traders” in and out of the UK.
However, 10 days ago it emerged Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs are not confident they can deliver a new electronic system in time.
A group of influential MPs warned there would be a fivefold increase in customs checks at Dover and other ports from 60m a year to 300m after Brexit.
HMRC admitted in correspondence to the Treasury select committee that it was no longer sure it can deliver a new customs declaration system for Brexit Day.
Platten predicted cargo and passenger ferry sailings to and from Dover would have to reduce unless a system was ready on time.
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New Storage Facility Boost for Montrose PortNew Storage Facility Boost for Montrose Port
Added: 16 Apr 2017
Montrose Review
13 April 2017

A new large storage facility recently constructed at Montrose Port is already helping to boost business and attract new customers.The new 12,000ft2 steel portal warehouse constructed for Whyte Cargo Handlers Ltd offers customers a facility close to the quayside for specialist cargo and equipment storage. In particular, the facility provides storage for ‘out of gauge’ cargoes of dimensions that can prove difficult to move by road. Construction work on the new facility began last October with the first cargoes moving under cover in February of this year. John Mullen, managing director of Whyte Cargo Handlers, said: “The new warehouse offers the option to move cargoes by sea into the port and then being located a short distance from deepwater berths. It also enables the quick deployment of equipment and cargo to sea-going vessels.“We are delighted with the new warehouse, which has already attracted a global client who has utilised the facility with a view to operating from Montrose Port on a permanent and more frequent basis.”Nik Scott-Gray, chief executive of Montrose Port Authority, said: “Montrose is strategically located as a cargo hub for the North Sea and it is great to see local companies investing in the port infrastructure. “This new facility will help ensure that Montrose is well positioned to service the diverse requirements of customers using the port.”


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Walk in the Footsteps of Poldark as Charlestown Harbour Opens to the Public for the First timeWalk in the Footsteps of Poldark as Charlestown Harbour Opens to the Public for the First time
Added: 13 Apr 2017
Cornwall Live
Daniel CL
12 April 2017

A hive of activity is set to rejuvenate the historic port of Charlestown where the Poldark TV series is filmed as it opens to the public for the first time.
On Tuesday (April 18), The Grayhound tall ship will visit Cornwall’s iconic port to celebrate the opening of the harbour to the general public, the return of trade to the port and a unique collaboration.
Charlestown Harbour is a well-preserved 18th century trade port which has become famous the world over as the nautical backdrop to big-name historical TV dramas and movies including Poldark, Dr Who, and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
Thanks to a unique collaboration between The Shipwreck and Heritage Centre and the Historic Port of Charlestown, visitors to the Georgian harbour town will get the chance to experience life on and off deck.

Visitors will now be able to go aboard ships in the port that has been featured in Poldark.
The Grayhound is a replica 18th century, three-masted customs lugger built in Millbrook, Cornwall. The tall ship will mark the partnership by delivering its first consignment to the port and the Shipwreck Museum and Heritage Centre.
Visitors can buy exclusive items that have been delivered by The Grayhound.
The harbour has been closed to the public for the exclusive use of trade ships and film companies. Opening for the first time in its history offers the chance to go down into the harbour itself and interact with the 18th century tall ships.
Visitors will be able to board vessels such as The Phoenix, steer them, square the main yard and even raise a sail. They will also be able to learn about trading vessels, explore historical cargoes and see what conditions were like for Georgian sailors.
Managing director at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, George Elworthy, a resident of Charlestown who has taken over stewardship of the Shipwreck Centre and Heritage Museum, said: "We are delighted to welcome The Grayhound to celebrate this special day which marks a historic opportunity to bring both the harbour and the museum alive again.
"We want to pay homage to the explorers and traders of the past. Charlestown used to be home to the final remaining sail-only cargo boat in the 1930s and we now want to embark on a new era of trade."

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Ardrossan Harbour to Keep Arran Ferry LinkArdrossan Harbour to Keep Arran Ferry Link
Added: 13 Apr 2017
BBC Scotland
12 April 2017

Ardrossan is to continue to be the mainland port for the Arran ferry service.
The Scottish government made the decision after considering responses to a report on a possible switch to Troon.
The operators of Troon, Associated British Ports (ABP), had argued that it was a better location.
North Ayrshire Council chief executive Elma Murray said the government had made the "right decision" for local residents and the travelling public.
Investment plans were drawn up for Ardrossan Harbour in its bid to retain the year-round Arran ferry service.
The new proposals involve Ardrossan harbour owners Peel Ports investing in "significant infrastructure upgrades" at the site - including improvements to harbour walls, bollards, gantries, fenders and signage.
North Ayrshire Council is also to make improvements to the passenger terminal, roads, car park and connectivity with the town centre.
ABP had announced plans to invest £8m on a new passenger ferry terminal at Troon if it picked up the Arran service.
Proposals put forward to the Scottish government included a new Arran Community Fund, which would generate £50,000 a year for good causes.
ABP had claimed that the existing service from Ardrossan is "dogged by weather conditions that frequently exceed the capabilities of the port and result in a significant level of service cancellations".
It also claimed the Port of Troon was already well equipped to handle the next generation of Calmac ferries.
’Detailed consideration’
Making the announcement, Economy Secretary Keith Brown said: "Having considered all the evidence and representations, we have decided that retaining Ardrossan as the mainland port for the Arran ferry service is the best option.
"The study looked at the options under four broad pillars: connectivity, reliability, overall operational cost to the public purse and socio-economic considerations."
He said the decision followed a consultation with various groups, including those on Arran who depend on the transport link.
Ms Murray said: "Without doubt, the minister has reached the right decision following lengthy and detailed consideration of the technical data gathered during the assessment of both mainland berthing options.
"Today’s announcement will reassure Arran residents and the wider travelling public that Ardrossan genuinely offers the best location for the new generation ferry being introduced in 2018."
Peel Ports project director Doug Coleman added: "We were always convinced that the benefits of retaining the ferry service on the shortest, fastest and cheapest route were overwhelming.
"Now that we have been given a long-term commitment by the Scottish government, we are able to start on the biggest investment programme Ardrossan Harbour has seen in recent years."
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A Challenge to "Authority"A Challenge to "Authority"
Added: 13 Apr 2017
Port of London Authority
12 April 2017

The PLA’s task is to ensure absolute safety, while also delivering a quality, cost-effective service to all stakeholders.

Regular harbour launch patrols are an important part of the PLA’s safety regime.
‘Authority’ – it’s a word that might not always conjure up the positive, and a word that can seem downright intimidating. Yes, the PLA is a statutory authority, with responsibility for 95 miles of the tidal Thames. The PLA has a duty to ensure safe and efficient navigation and consider the needs of all stakeholders, and that necessarily means there must be rules and regulations.
However, the PLA is constantly pushing forward with initiatives to improve its services, putting the customer centre stage whenever possible and delivering quality and cost-effective solutions across all of its activities.
Much of what is happening now and over the coming years will reflect the new strategic emphasis on ‘Zero Harm’ and that, from chief harbour master Bob Baker’s point of view, is the key target in the PLA’s navigation services.
“It is good to have a challenging target that stretches you and makes you challenge everything,” he says. “The PLA has great systems in place and a lot of experience and expertise. It is about taking us to the next level.
“We are asking the questions: is there a way we can do things better, safer, more efficiently? We are encouraging our people to challenge established norms and ask the question – why do we do it that way? It is no good saying ‘it is the way we always do it’. Is there a more effective way? There is always room for improvement and we keep striving to be better.”
There is an added emphasis now, says Bob Baker, on being customer-focused. “It is good that we are providing a safe service, but we are aiming to put a more ‘business’ look on things i.e., a quality service for the customer and providing what the customer wants.”
Being chief harbour master could be easy, he points out by just saying ‘no’ to everything. “The trick is to find a way to say ‘yes’. It is a balance between ensuring absolute safety and also delivering a quality service at the right price.”
But let’s go back to those rules and regulations. Most of these are aimed at ensuring navigational safety and all of them are now under the microscope as part of the PLA’s safety initiatives and the drive towards ‘Zero Harm’.
“Our regulations, rules, procedures and guidelines are, in some cases, extremely complicated and sometimes disjointed,” says Bob Baker. “Some of our own staff struggle to find their way through them, which suggests that port users, and visitors to the port in particular, will have difficulty understanding and consequently conforming to our regulations.”
Stand by for the Red Tape Challenge. “In 2017, we will embark on the Red Tape Challenge to review all these procedures and work to put them in a standard format, consolidate them and remove any that are no longer required,” says Bob Baker.
This is not to say that PLA codes of practice, byelaws and regulations have stood still over the years – there has always been a programme of regular review. The Red Tape Challenge will take a more ‘joined-up’ approach.
During 2016...
The PLA’s navigational safety byelaws were updated and republished.
The pilotage directions went through a review. A number of changes were made, including bringing some intra-port barge traffic under these directions. Following a period of consultation, the final directions will be ready in early 2017.
A new byelaw to prevent sewage discharge into the Thames was introduced.

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Portland Port Unveils Bigger Cruise Ship BerthPortland Port Unveils Bigger Cruise Ship Berth
Added: 13 Apr 2017
BBC News Dorset
11 April 2017

Portland Port in Dorset has unveiled a new £3m extended cruise berth that will allow it to accommodate larger ships.
The upgraded facility will allow vessels of up to 1,115ft (340m) in length - it previously could take ships under a length of 985ft (300m).
A spokesman said the work would "future proof" the port’s cruise business as the industry continued to grow.
The first vessel expected to use the new extension is the Holland America Koningsdam on 11 May.
Port chief executive Bill Reeves, said: "The berth extension is to future proof our relationship with the cruise lines.
"Cruise lines and their visits are a significant part of our turnover so we have to make sure we can continue to service them and support them well into the future."
The port said it was expecting 24 cruise ships in 2017 - 10 of which will be first time visitors - bringing a total of more than 36,000 passengers.
The engineering project to create the longer berth has taken a year.
Two concrete and steel platforms weighing 1,200 tonnes each have been attached to seven 23m-long piles, 9m-deep in the sea bed.
The berth was officially opened by South Dorset MP Richard Drax
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Meet the Buyer Session Held for Harbour Board’s Dover Western Docks RevivalMeet the Buyer Session Held for Harbour Board’s Dover Western Docks Revival
Added: 13 Apr 2017
Kent On Line
Sam Lennon
12 April 2017

More than 100 companies and 250 people turned out for the Dover Western Docks Revival Meet the Buyer event.
It was for visitors from across Kent and the South East to learn about the scope of the forthcoming works at the Port of Dover.
Local businesses were able to discuss sub-contracting opportunities and were given details of forthcoming work packages plus given the chance to tender.
The event was hosted by the construction group VolkerStevin Boskalis Westminster (VSBW), in partnership with Constructionline, at Dover Cruise Terminal 1.
Jack Goodhew, general manager for special projects at the Port of Dover, said: “The day was a resounding success and it is clear local businesses are really interested in this exciting project.”
Stuart Eckersley corr, port director for VSBW, said: “Bringing together potential subcontractors are suppliers with a large principal contractor in this way is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen the local economy, forging new business relationships and bringing jobs and training opportunities for local people.”
Natalie Bart, key account manager for Constructionline said: “We believe strongly in the value that local suppliers can provide to main contractor supply chains.”
Constructionline is a service that reduces the duplication of administration when information is submitted for new project tenders.



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Lowertown Harbour a Haven of Colour Thanks to Visit Wales Colourful Communities Pilot ProjectLowertown Harbour a Haven of Colour Thanks to Visit Wales Colourful Communities Pilot Project
Added: 13 Apr 2017
Western Telegraph
Becky Hotchin
10 April 2017

Lowertown harbour has being transformed into a vibrant haven of colour as part of the Visit Wales Colourful Communities programme.
Lowertown has been chosen as the pilot for a project that will see various houses and buildings around the Welsh coast bought to life with a variety of colours.
As part of the pilot the local community helped devise a bespoke palette of colours with paint experts The Little Greene Paint Company.
Visit Wales then committed to paint five buildings on Lowertown’s Quay Street, chosen for their coastal location, the fact that they were part of an iconic view and that the property owners were ready and willing to take part.

Householders and the Yacht Club committee worked with Little Green to select colours from the palette for their properties and the result is a colourful harbour, reminiscent of centuries past when vibrantly painted buildings helped fisherman find their way home through the sea fog.
’It’s a brilliant idea,’ said Martin Sykes, yacht club Vice Commodore. ’Although it’s an individual thing, I think the majority of people like the new colours. We have had a generally good reception so far.’
Tree felling by Pembrokeshire County Council has also made the iconic view much more visible from the roads in and out of Lower Town.
The Colourful Communities programme aims to present colourful, characterful towns and villages along the Welsh coast.

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Could Latest Announcements Maen a Surge for Cornish Marine Tech ?Could Latest Announcements Maen a Surge for Cornish Marine Tech ?
Added: 13 Apr 2017
Falmouth Packet
Peter Johnstone
11 April 2017

The forecast for renewable marine energy in Falmouth, and across Cornwall, is set fair after the announcement of a new business hub and the renewal of an offshore testing platform.
Last week the government announced that Marine Hub Cornwall, based across sites at Falmouth Docks, Hayle and Tolvaddon, had officially gone live as an Enterprise Zone, further boosting Cornwall’s status as a world-class centre for green marine technology.
The designation is aimed at bringing together businesses and expertise in the marine renewables and technology sector, helping to attract investment and create well-paid jobs, with the centrepiece of Wave Hub off Hayle, the world’s largest wave energy testing facility.

Sarah Newton, the MP for Truro and Falmouth, played a key role in securing the region’s designation as the UK’s first marine energy park.
She said: “Cornwall is a global player in marine renewables and the wider marine technology sector.
“Marine Hub Cornwall will build on previous successes and provide a great platform for businesses to grow, create well-paid jobs and work together to attract further world-class talent and investment.”
Enterprise Zones are areas designed to foster business and industry by offering business rates and tax discounts along with simplified planning rules and government support for rolling out superfast broadband.
Another announcement this week came from Falmouth Harbour Commissioners and the University of Exeter, who have renewed the lease on the FaBTest marine technology testing site in Falmouth Bay.
The harbour commissioners have agreed a new five year lease with The Crown Estate to continue using an area of the bay for FaBTest, which since 2011 has seen two different technologies deployed on site for a total of over thirty months.
The test site is also one of the assets identified by the recently launched European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded Marine-i project to stimulate marine innovation.

Prof. Lars Johanning, Marine-i lead and FaBTest project manager for Exeter University, said: “The site offers a combination of both shelter from prevailing wind and swell direction, enabling the high levels of accessibility to deployed devices required for device development, yet giving exposure to significant sea states allowing devices to generate significant electricity. This unique feature of the test site is elementary in the development of the marine energy sector, and an important selling point for the South West region.”
Captain Mark Sansom, Harbour Master and chief executive of Falmouth Harbour Commissioners, said: “We are delighted to have been able to renew the lease for the FaBTest Site which we believe has already demonstrated its importance to the development of wave energy. We look forward to supporting the university with its management of the site and are confident that it will fulfil its potential as a local and regional asset for the testing of new devices.”


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MP Jackie Doyle-Price Hosts Port of London Meeting That Looks to Future GrowthMP Jackie Doyle-Price Hosts Port of London Meeting That Looks to Future Growth
Added: 11 Apr 2017
Your Thurrock
11 April 2017

PROJECTIONS that the Port of London freight volumes will grow by more than 30m tonnes have led to calls for improved road and rail infrastructure.
The shipping minister, John Hayes MP and deputy mayor of London for Transport, Val Shawcross were among more than 30 business leaders and politicians who joined the Port of London Authority’s (PLA) first port infrastructure meeting, discussing the road, rail, river and crossing connections needed to unlock the forecast growth of the port over the next 20 years.
The catalyst for discussions was forecasts from the Thames Vision, a 20-year development framework for the river, which show that port trade could grow by as much as 30 million tonnes over the next 20 years to 80 million tonnes. Last year trade on the Thames increased by more than 10% to 50 million tonnes.
Guests at the event, hosted by Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle Price, included representatives from strategically important port/terminals responsible for bringing in aggregates, fuel, food and much more on the Thames: Forth Ports, DP World London Gateway, Shell, Ford, Tate & Lyle, Tarmac and Cemex. Among the local authorities represented were: Kent County Council, Thurrock, the London Borough of Dagenham & Redbridge, Royal Borough of Greenwich and Gravesham Borough Council. Infrastructure providers attending included: DfT, Highways England, Network Rail and Transport for London.
Commenting on the event, Maritime Minister John Hayes said: “Ports play a vital role in the UK economy as the gateway for our exports, and we want to see them flourish. Improving road, rail and river transport links will significantly boost the connections between our ports and key markets. That is why we have launched a Port Connectivity Study to explore ways to improve our transport links and support economic growth for the next 10 years.
“We are already making record investments in transport, with £15bn on road schemes and over £40bn on the rail network, and meeting with industry leaders is crucial in ensuring that the needs of our great ports are met.”
PLA chief executive Robin Mortimer explained: “The Vision sets out a bold ambition for the Port of London to be the biggest it has ever been. Thames terminal operators are committed to investing in new facilities and ships to achieve that goal. The role of the infrastructure meeting is to take a long-term look at the landside and river connections to get goods from terminals to customers and from manufacturers to the port for export. These terminals offer efficient, low-carbon supply, as they are so close to the UK’s major markets.
“This was a really good first session, where we focused on the Lower Thames Crossing, the trading implications of leaving the European Union and the UK’s freight strategy.”
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Falmouth’s New "Aberfal"Falmouth’s New "Aberfal"
Added: 09 Apr 2017
Maritime Journal
Jake Frith
7 April 2017

Falmouth Harbour Commissioners of Cornwall, UK have welcomed a new mooring maintenance vessel to the Port.
The boat which has been named Aberfal (Cornish for Falmouth) will replace FHC’s existing vessel, Pendennis, which has served the Commissioners since 1982.
The 12-metre steel-hull catamaran, with a 5-metre beam, was designed by naval architect Ian Darley and constructed by Dorset based boat manufacturer, Manor Marine. Purpose designed and based closely on its predecessor, Aberfal is highly maneuverable so as to be able to get into the tight spaces required to pick up and service small craft moorings.  
Like Pendennis, Aberfal will be used for maintaining small craft moorings as well as other harbour maintenance activities such as the servicing of navigation marks and undertaking limited salvage and counter pollution duties.
Aberfal technical information:
*             It is equipped with a 2.5 tonne Amco Veba knuckle boom crane and 1 x 3.5 tonne and 1 x 2 tonne Spencer Carter winches as well as a 5 tonne A-frame to provide a vertical lift over the stern.
*             Positioning is provided by a Hemisphere integrated differential GPS and compass which will provide sub-metre mooring positioning accuracy via Hypack Hydrographic Positioning software.
*             The deck layout gives improved working area compared to the existing vessel and the larger hulls provide increased reserve buoyancy when lifting.
Mark Sansom, Chief Executive and Harbour Master, said: “We’re delighted to have received Aberfal this week.
“The deck layout of the new boat will provide an improved working area. It also has larger hulls, which will mean increased reserve buoyancy when lifting. I’m sure that it will be a fantastic asset for us - its flexibility will enable us to undertake a wide range of maintenance tasks with the maximum efficiency.”
Aberfal will be undertaking final acceptance trials and commissioning, before taking over from Pendennis which will be put up for sale.

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Police to Protect Gulls after Paochers Target Almost 9,000 Nests in Poole HarbourPolice to Protect Gulls after Paochers Target Almost 9,000 Nests in Poole Harbour
Added: 09 Apr 2017
Bournemouth Echo
Jim Durkin
8 April 2017

POOLE Harbour’s Black-headed and Mediterranean Gull colonies will be getting police protection this spring - in a bid to smash a poaching ring that can net organised criminals tens of thousands of pounds.
Last year, during a survey of the harbour’s western islands, conservation workers discovered most of the 9,000 gull nests were empty of eggs.
Human footprints were also discovered criss-crossing the uninhabited islands where the colonies are located.
While Black-headed Gull eggs can be legally harvested under licence for sale to the gourmet food industry, collection of them in Poole Harbour is strictly prohibited.

And Mediterranean Gull eggs, which look almost identical to their Black-headed counterparts, may not even be safe for human consumption.
Experts believe, last year, organised gangs swiped hundreds of Mediterranean eggs for sale for top London restaurants, mistaking them for the Black-headed Gull variety.
The eggs of Black-headed gulls, considered a luxury food item, are legally sold online for £7 each.
Now, Dorset Police’s marine division has teamed-up with the charity Birds of Poole Harbour (BOPH) in a bid to protect the seabirds.

Officer Joel Brooks said: “Wildlife crime affects everyone.
“Having a marine section gives us a waterborne capability to patrol these hard to reach areas meaning we can carry out night and day surveillance operations.”
Metropolitan Police will also make enquiries at establishments likely to be buying and selling the eggs.
Last year’s discovery of the missing Poole Harbour eggs prompted officers from the Met to visit 13 of the capital’s restaurants.
There are around 20 licensed ‘pickers’ in the UK, all registered with Natural England. While Black-headed Gull eggs can be collected legally in this way at five small UK sites, none of these are within Dorset.
BOPH’s Paul Morton said: “Mediterranean Gulls are a schedule one species meaning they have the highest level of protection under the wildlife and countryside act, meaning it is highly illegal to interfere with their nests or eggs.” Anyone found in possession of a Mediterranean Gull egg could find themselves in hot water.”


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Port of Felixstowe Plays Host to Exporting is GREAT Campaign’s Export HubPort of Felixstowe Plays Host to Exporting is GREAT Campaign’s Export Hub
Added: 07 Apr 2017
Ipswich Star
Duncan Brodie
7 April 2017

The Department for International Trade’s touring “Export Hub” has paid a visit to the Port of Felixstowe as part of a Government drive to boost the UK’s overseas sales.

The Export Hub, part of the Government-based Exporting is GREAT campaign, brings together advice and practical guidance for businesses on how they can find customers overseas for their products and services.
A range of local businesses were invited to the hub during its time in Felixstowe where they received presentations on practical assistance for exporters from the Department for International Trade, Barclays Bank, Prettys Solicitors and the ETK Group which specialises in business support for Africa.
Clemence Cheng, chief executive of the Port of Felixstowe and managing director of Hutchison Ports Europe, said: “The Port of Felixstowe has more connections to more overseas destinations than any other UK port.
“As the country’s largest container port it is a key gateway allowing UK exporters to get their goods to a large number of overseas markets.
“The port has already featured as part of the Government’s GREAT campaign and we are delighted to extend the association through this latest initiative.”
Alan Pain, Department for International Trade regional director for the East of England, added: “We were delighted to bring the Export Hub to the Port of Felixstowe, the gateway to UK exporting.
“This is an excellent way to show businesses just how much demand there is out there for goods and services from this region, something from which many companies are already benefitting.
“With hundreds of live opportunities available via great.gov.uk and the launch of a find-a-buyer service to match companies with worldwide demand, doing business overseas has also never been more straightforward.”
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Port of Tilbury Police Officers Welcome New CarPort of Tilbury Police Officers Welcome New Car
Added: 05 Apr 2017
Maldon Standard
5 April 2017

The new police patrol Port of Tilbury Police officers welcome new car with high tech tracking equipment

The new police patrol vehicle for the Port of Tilbury – a Hyundai Santa Fe – was handed over to James Poulain, Chief Police Officer by representatives from Hyundai - Derek Everyingham on the left and Nick Martin in the middle this week.

OFFICERS at Tilbury police took delivery of a new car, as it continues to stop crime at the port.
The Port of Tilbury Police this week took charge of their new patrol vehicle – a Hyundai Santa Fe – which has gone into immediate service at the busy Essex port.
It is fully equipped with everything that is needed, including a tracker system to locate stolen cars.
Chief Police Officer, James Poulain said: “This new vehicle allows us to provide professional policing response.”



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2.8 Million Euros Capital Funding Programme for 51 Harbour Projects Announced in Ireland2.8 Million Euros Capital Funding Programme for 51 Harbour Projects Announced in Ireland
Added: 05 Apr 2017
Afloat
3rd April 2017

Wicklow Port will benefit from €111,000 in spending from a national funding package to assist 13 Coastal Local Authorities undertake and complete 51 development and repair projects on harbours and slipways

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, today announced details of a €2.8m package to assist 13 Coastal Local Authorities undertake and complete 51 development and repair projects on harbours and slipways owned by them (see table below for details). The package provides funding for maintenance and repair works in addition to supporting the ongoing development and enhancement of harbour facilities including some marine leisure developments.
The Minister said” I am delighted to announce the continuation of our programme to assist Coastal Local Authorities in the repair and development of fishery and aquaculture linked infrastructure in small harbours under their ownership.”

The Local Authority programme forms part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marines’ 2017 Fishery harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme, whereby the Department co-funds up to 75% the total cost of approved projects with the Local Authority providing the balance.
The Minister went on to say “The Local Authority owned harbours in receipt of funding under this year’s programme are fundamental to the wellbeing of rural coastal communities and play an important social and economic role in their respective localities by contributing to the ongoing development of fishing related activities, increasing participation in marine leisure, and augmenting measures to attract greater numbers of tourists which ultimately create the environment for job creation”.
Minister Creed concluded the announcement by saying “The €2.8m I have made available in 2017 is testament to my commitment to assist in the ongoing economic and social development in our rural coastal communities. The diverse range of projects approved for funding under the programme are geographically spread across 13 Local Authorities and will not only create much needed local employment over the time span of the projects, but equally will further enhance the amenities provided to the wider Marine community in these coastal areas.”
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine funded Local Authority works 2017

For the full list of harbours affected please go to www.afloat.ie
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What is the Port of Garston and What Does it do ?What is the Port of Garston and What Does it do ?
Added: 03 Apr 2017
Liverpool Echo
Alistair Houghton
2 April 2017

We all know about the Port of Liverpool with its massive red cranes at the mouth of the Mersey – but do you know about Liverpool’s other port?
The Port of Garston , at the other end of the Mersey waterfront, is less well-known than its Peel-owned rival but still handles 600,000 tonnes of cargo every year.

This week, owner Associated British Ports (ABP) invited the ECHO in to have a look at its new hydraulic crane – the largest of its type in the world.
ABP has invested millions in the port and seen jobs grow there.
Boss Carl Bevan says he wants the port to become a “bigger player on the Mersey”.
He told the ECHO all about the “small but beautifully formed” port – here’s what you need to know.
How long has it been there?
Mr Bevan says ships have been docking at Garston since the 13th century when there was a fishing village there.
But the modern era began around 1850 when the St Helens Canal and Railway Company built the first enclosed dock there to handle coal imports.
You can still see the old railway-era walls overlooking the quayside at Stalbridge Dock where the ECHO saw the new crane in operation. Coal was once dropped off from rail lines above.
Today it’s owned by ABP, the UK’s biggest ports group, as one of its 11 “short sea” ports.
What does it do now?
Garston is what ABP calls a “mixed-use” port – meaning simply that it handles a wide range of cargoes.
It handles 600,000 tonnes a year from all over Europe and beyond.
Key cargoes include:
* Agricultural products – including soya, wheat and “a lot of fertiliser”.
* Construction materials – the port handles aggregates that will be used in building projects from HS2 to new roads. When the crane was launched this week, it was unloading Lightweight expanded clay aggregate (LECA), a material used to make lightweight concrete.
* Industry – it also handles cement, sand, salt and some coal and steel.
Firms using the Port of Garston include concrete and building products giant Hanson and building materials supplier Tarmac, as well as Premier Cement. Peacock Salt, Simms Metal Management and shipping agent Frank Armitt.
Is it all imports?

Not necessarily – Mr Bevan says goods come “predominantly in but also out”.
It exports recycled metals - Simms Metal Management has a scrapyard there
Mr Bevan said: “Recycled metal goes to our sister port in Newport and into a much larger vessel. It goes to India and is used to build fridges and cars.”
What’s happening now?
In the last 18 months, ABP has spent millions on the port.
That includes £3m on lock gates and related infrastructure and £2.2m on sheds and buildings, while ABP has also invested just under £1m in infrastructure including storage and bagging facilities to support a new contract with fertiliser importer Yara UK. Meanwhile Mr Bevan says the port has also “bought some new dumper trucks”.
But the most high-profile investment is that £1.8m giant crane.
So is the port going to get busier?
ABP certainly thinks so.
Mr Bevan said: “The capability of this crane I think takes us to the next level.
“We’ve seen very much changes in some of the products that are coming in and bringing in new customers. I’m hoping that ABP Port of Garston becomes a bigger player on the Mersey.”
And Mayor Joe Anderson agrees. He said: “Plenty of operators want to come in here, plenty of operators want to send their cargo here. It’s a great sign, a great testimony that the port is going from strength to strength.”
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Is Garston a rival to Peel’s Port of Liverpool?
Well, it’s a whole lot smaller. Peel just spent £400m on its new Liverpool2 terminal and that’s only a small part of Peel’s port estate.
But Mr Bevan is confident he can win some business from Garston’s larger rival.
He said: “There’s a large commitment from the company to support existing customers. And I would like to take customers off Peel because my team is being brilliant every day.”
He added: “In terms of existing customers many of them want to grow, which is great news. That shows confidence in the services we provide.”
Why now? Won’t Brexit make things uncertain?
Mr Bevan said he was confident Garston would keep growing despite the uncertainty over what Brexit could mean for the UK economy.
He added: “We wouldn’t be investing such huge sums of money not just here but across the region and across the nation if we didn’t have that confidence.”
So what does this mean for jobs?
ABP itself has taken on more people this year – and some of those companies that use the port are likely to take on more people as they grow.
Mr Bevan said: “We employ 21 colleagues here. We took on five people at the beginning of this year because we got a new contract for fertiliser products.”

And what’s next?
Mr Bevan said: “We’re growing. We’re pushing forward to build more space, more sheds. There’s lots going on.
“We’re very optimistic about the future here. we’ve invested just shy of £8m in the last 18 months.”
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Up to 70 New Jobs on the Way as Northumberland Port Receives £2 MillionUp to 70 New Jobs on the Way as Northumberland Port Receives £2 Million
Added: 03 Apr 2017
Chronicle Live
Michael Muncaster
3 April 2017

The Government has backed the Berwick Harbour Commission’s project to rejuvenate the Port of Berwick

Conservative MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan with Defence Minister Michael Fallon at Berwick Harbour in Northumberland

The long-term future of a Northumberland coastal town’s port will be secured thanks to a £2m grant.
The Government has pledged to support the Berwick Harbour Commission’s project to rejuvenate the Port of Berwick.

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan said the cash will improve the existing lead-in jetty to the Tweed Dock and boost tourism in the town.
The project is expected to create up to 70 new jobs once the work has been completed.
Ms Trevelyan said: “I am delighted the Coastal Communities Minister, Andrew Percy MP, has ensured that the project has secured coastal communities funding.
“It is thanks to the hard work of Alan Irving, Berwick Harbour Master, and his team that their deserving application has been granted approval.

Conservative MP for Berwick Anne-Marie Trevelyan
“This is a real boost for Berwick’s future and the town’s ability to attract investment and create jobs in the future.
“I would like to thank Andrew for allowing me to meet him to explain in person the benefits of this scheme and its importance to Berwick.”
Berwick currently provides port facilities to a range of producers and employers, including Simpsons Malt.
The future of the port had been under threat after the Victorian jetty’s condition deteriorated over the years and it now needs to be replaced.
Mr Percy said work to improve the jetty and groyne will enable the port to attract larger vessels and expand its ability to secure vital new contracts.

The investment is part of a £20m cash boost by the Government to improve coastal town across the country.
Mr Percy said the cash would improve piers, promenades and coastal paths, as well as create new jobs, attract tourists and boost economic growth.

He announced Berwick would receive a share of the money during a visit to the town on Monday.
Mr Percy said: “We’re putting the wind in the sails of over a dozen major projects along the Northern coast line.
“From a new conference centre for Blackpool to a beach front entertainment venue for Cleethorpes, this funding will help make sure our northern seaside towns flourish
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Falklands Begins Process for New Port Facilities to Support Economic GrowthFalklands Begins Process for New Port Facilities to Support Economic Growth
Added: 03 Apr 2017
Merco Press
1 April 2017

The Executive Council approved a temporary, immediate augmentation of FIPASS capacity, at least until the end of 2018.

FIG also plans to take over operation of the Temporary Dock Facility (TDF), effective July 2017.

TDF owners Premier Oil and Noble Energy have agreed in principle to this mutually beneficial arrangement that will provide extra berthing space.

A new port can support expansion of activities in tourism, fishing, and oil & gas exploitation, as well as making Falklands a viable regional alternative for marine activities.
The Falkland Islands has approved the commencement of work that will lead to the delivery of new port facilities to support economic growth into the next decade. According to a release from the Falklands elected government, the new work will build on the substantial previous studies completed in 2012 and 2014, which investigated the viability of various sites, and resources are expected to be allocated during the 2017/18 budget process.
 A release from the Falklands government states that in ”the meeting of Executive Council on 29 March 17, Members approved the commencement of work that will lead to the delivery of a new port for the Falkland Islands. In a confirmation that new port facilities will be necessary to support economic growth into the next decade, ExCo has recommended resources be allocated during the 2017/18 budget process, to establish the necessary program and acquire commercial, technical and engineering expertise to develop a final business case. If the budget is approved, the proposed implementation plan, including financing options, will be brought to ExCo for consideration in mid-2018.
In a separate decision, Members also approved a temporary, immediate augmentation of FIPASS capacity, at least until the end of 2018. Subject to final negotiations, FIG will take over operation of the Temporary Dock Facility (TDF), effective July 2017. TDF owners Premier Oil and Noble Energy have agreed in principle to this mutually beneficial arrangement that will provide much needed extra berthing space.
Modern port facilities are essential to economic development in the Falkland Islands, both to sustain existing successful industries and to take advantage of new opportunities. In particular, a new port can support expansion of activities in tourism, fishing, and oil & gas exploitation, as well as making the Falkland Islands a viable regional alternative for marine activities.
The new work will build on the substantial previous studies completed in 2012 and 2014, which investigated the viability of various sites. It will review potential locations and incorporate consultation with relevant industries, soft market testing of public-private partnership models and investigation of different funding alternatives, to ensure that the final proposal delivers the best value for all Falkland Islanders.
Chief Executive Barry Rowland said “I am pleased that ExCo has reaffirmed the importance of moving forward with the development of plans for a new port, and that we have been able to identify a short term solution for immediate improvement. To finally achieve a new port, FIG recognizes that dedicated resources will be required both within our organization and through outside expertise, and I am confident that the approach and resources approved today will allow us to deliver a robust, yet pragmatic range of options for Members to consider.”
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Celebrations Begin to Mark the 150th Anniversary of the Port of BarrowCelebrations Begin to Mark the 150th Anniversary of the Port of Barrow
Added: 03 Apr 2017
Cumbria Crack
Carl Fallowfield
31 March 2017

Beginning of Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Port of Barrow
An historic flag-raising ceremony at Barrow Town Hall has marked the beginning of celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Port of Barrow. The anniversary flag was raised by Chris Clouter, the longest-serving current member of ABP Barrow, who has worked at the port for 35 years.
Attending the ceremony were John Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness and The Mayor of Barrow, Councillor Anita Husband. They heard how the Port of Barrow, together with its sister Port of Silloth, contributes around £100m to the regional economy and supports 1,500 jobs.

Chris Clouter, ABP Barrow’s longest serving employee holds up flag to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Port of Barrow
John Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness, said: “The port of Barrow has always been central in its existence, helping a small village grow into a thriving town by enabling natural resources to be exported from Cumbria to the rest of the country and beyond.
“In more recent years we have seen the growth of the shipyard and those who have worked and continue to work there have done us proud on the national stage, serving the nation with distinction as the cradle of so many distinguished Royal Navy vessels.
“I am pleased we have honoured this anniversary at Barrow Town Hall and look forward to a bright future for the port in the decades to come.”
Short Sea Ports Director Andrew Harston said: “The Port of Barrow has played a fundamental role in the Cumbrian community and made a significant contribution to the region’s prosperity since its founding in 1867.
“This vital economic and social role has continued over the years, even though the trades and commodities coming through the port have changed significantly. Barrow today continues to have a bright future, playing a crucial role in the UK defence industry and the nation’s low carbon energy infrastructure.
“It is right to celebrate this vital contribution over the previous 150 years and we are committed to growing and developing Barrow’s role so it can continue to serve the UK long into the future.”
The flag raising ceremony will be followed by a large community event on Sunday, 16 July, to be held on Town Quay.
Chris Clouter, Assistant Port Manager ABP, said: “I’ve dedicated my working life to the Port of Barrow and I’m hugely proud of all we have achieved.
“There is a special partnership between the community of Barrow and their port, which is the bedrock of our success and is something we are really keen to celebrate in this landmark year.
“This is why we are holding the event on 16 July and we are calling for local businesses and community groups to be involved. You could volunteer your time, or you could host a stall selling local goods. We’re eager to see the whole community coming together at the port.”
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 Harbours Critical for Endangered Birds
Added: 03 Apr 2017
Chichester Observer
Richard Williamson
31 March 2017

Chichester, Medmerry and Pagham are among the world’s harbours and estuaries highlighted by 100 international scientists as being of crucial importance to some critically endangered water birds.
Horrifying news has recently emerged via the BTO website that over half of the world’s different species of curlews and godwits face extinction in the near future. Even the Eurasian curlew and the Black-tailed godwit both of which spend six months of their time in our Sussex tidal zones are suddenly under severe threat. Nicola Crockford, principal policy officer of the RSPB said: “The Eurasian curlew is an iconic species; its appearance in spring is announced by one of nature’s most evocative calls. Sadly, like many UK species, it is in trouble. Its numbers have dropped dramatically, putting it at risk from complete disappearance in the UK.” Both breeding and over-wintering numbers have declined by 40 per cent. Curlews and Godwits both nest on the ground and among the most destructive predators of flightless young are Red foxes, whether in the UK or worldwide. There has also been damage to UK breeding habitats from drainage and afforestation. Both RSPB and BTO are working with farmers, landowners and conservation bodies to stop the destruction. Chichester harbour hosts over 1000 Curlews, Pagham has up to 600 in March as the birds gather from the continent to fly north to breed. Far worse problems face these birds in America and China. Eskimo and Slender-billed curlews are probably already extinct, while the Far Eastern and the Bristle-thighed curlews are getting perilously close. Pressure is greatest in the Yellow Sea of China and Korea. Those mudflats provide an essential rung in the ladder for New Zealand, Australian and Indian birds trying to reach Alaska and Asia. A quarter of the mudflats in the Yellow Sea have been destroyed and the rest seriously degraded by pollution. Authorities there are hostile to criticism and conservationists are bullied or imprisoned. Dictators see mudflats as wasteland, ready for development. Fifty years ago when I first came to Sussex part of Langstone Harbour adjoining Portsmouth was in-filled with rubbish, and so was part of Pagham Harbour. The Sidlesham field museum and its immediate surrounds stand on what was once a curlew habitat. Fortunately no mudflats were lost in Chichester harbour but there was a proposal to build part of the city bypass over Fishbourne channel just north of Dell Quay. I like to think that my conservation report, the fore-runner of estuaries enquiries for the UK, convinced the city elders that birds were sacrosanct to civilised thought and culture particularly in wetland areas which many then thought of as nothing more than wasteland. Let’s hope the Chinese and the Koreans catch up too with modern philosophy instead of destroying anything that gets in their way. Birds are one of the key species on the planet that give us fair warning for ourselves, as to how safe it is for us humans to be able to exist. Ignore them at your peril.

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Port of Cromarty Lands Major Offshore Windfarm ContractsPort of Cromarty Lands Major Offshore Windfarm Contracts
Added: 31 Mar 2017
Ross-Shire Journal
30 March 2017

AN EASTER Ross employer has won two contracts to support a trailblazing offshore wind farm.
The Port of Cromarty Firth in Invergordon has secured the contracts from Seaway Heavy Lifting.
The contracts will support the installation of the 84-turbine Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL).
This is a “significant” project for the Port of Cromarty Firth, which says it has been working to attract projects into the firth in the current oil and gas downturn. It says the two renewables contracts “are worth approximately 10 per cent of the port’s annual turnover”.
A new berth constructed with an investment of £25 million to attract more work from the renewables sector will be used.
The project was part-funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the European Regional Development Fund.
The berth opened in December 2015 and was used by the Corriemoille onshore wind farm project last year.
The first of the two new contracts is for berth and laydown space and the second is for office space at the port. Work will commence during the second quarter of 2017 and Beatrice Offshore Wind farm installation activity is scheduled for 2017 and 2018.
Bob Buskie, chief executive of the Port of Cromarty Firth, said: “We are delighted to have won these high-level contracts which will help secure jobs in the firth. In light of the challenges in North Sea oil and gas, we have adapted our structure to focus more on new business development opportunities.
“It is fantastic that Seaway Heavy Lifting are using the new berth, as we designed it with offshore renewable projects in mind. We know that the port is well placed for the Beatrice Offshore Wind farm, as demonstrated by other organisations in the Cromarty Firth successfully winning contracts. We’re hopeful that this new project will now lead to further contracts for companies operating in the firth.”
Danny Sprangers, project marine coordination manager from Seaway Heavy Lifting said the port  was “a natural partner” and “perfectly positioned geographically” for the wind farm.
He said: " By choosing a trust port as our partner, this project will deliver benefits to the port’s wider community through future reinvestment.”
The £2.6bn Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) project has been given the green light for construction by the owners SSE (40 per cent), Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) (35 per cent) and Red Rock Power Limited (25 per cent) after reaching financial close on May 23, 2016. The project will be one of the largest private investments ever made in Scottish infrastructure.
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UK Ports Seek Exemption From EU Port Services RegulationUK Ports Seek Exemption From EU Port Services Regulation
Added: 31 Mar 2017
JOC.COM
Bruce Barnard
30 March 2017

LONDON — The EU’s Port Services Regulation has finally come into force, ending a 15-year struggle by Brussels to inject competition and financial transparency across the European waterfront.
EU member states are required to implement the legislation covering more than 300 ports by March 24, 2019.
The regulation seeks to improve market access to port services, ranging from container handling and towage to bunkering and mooring, in a sector that is dominated by the national and local authorities that control approximately 80 percent of the EU’s port authorities.
Ports must maintain separate accounts for any public funds they receive and report them to the relevant authorities in a bid to create a level playing field.
The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, claims competition has been distorted by the lack of transparency over public infrastructure funding and service charges that have deterred investment in port facilities.
UK ports, which, unlike those on the European mainland, are almost all privately owned, are pressing the government to secure exemption from the legislation during the negotiations over Brexit, the country’s "divorce" from the 28-nation EU, which officially began this week when Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
“The regulation will be effective in two years, and this means the requirements are expected to be implemented into UK law before we leave the European Union,” said Richard Ballantyne, chief executive of the British Ports Association. “As the UK ports industry is predominantly private and competitively managed, the new rules are unnecessary and unwelcome."
“The UK ports industry has consistently lobbied against the port services regulation, and we are therefore hopeful the UK requirements will be overturned after Brexit,” Ballantyne said. “We are actively working with the UK government to ensure the best post-Brexit outcome for the ports industry.”
Europe’s private port and terminal operators welcomed the legislation when it was approved by the European Parliament in December but harbor doubts over the readiness of member states to implement the new rules.
“We hope that member states will guarantee a proper implementation of the rules about transparency and consultation of private investors in ports,” said Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, secretary of FEPORT, which represents around 1,200 private companies across the European waterfront. “The rules are, from our point of view, good instruments to ensure a level playing field, to prevent risks of distortion of competition, and to avoid unsustainable investments in ports.”
The European Commission has been trying to secure a level playing field in the sector, with the focus on the larger ports that dominate Europe’s container traffic.
The EU’s executive ruled last year that the Dutch government’s exemption of its ports from corporation tax breach the bloc’s competition rules, and that tax must be paid from this year. Rotterdam and other Dutch ports are appealing the decision, claiming they face unfair competition from European rivals, including Antwerp, Bremerhaven, and Hamburg, whose infrastructure costs are covered by the state.
The commission is also investigating whether tax breaks for French and Belgian ports breach the EU’s state aid rules and give them a competitive edge over ports in other member states.
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Ilfracombe’s New Verity Viewing Area is CompleteIlfracombe’s New Verity Viewing Area is Complete
Added: 31 Mar 2017
Matthew Smart
30 March 2017


Work on a new seating and information for Verity is now complete.
Ilfracombe’s harbour master says the work, which started in November, has provided an exceptional new viewing area for the statue

Work on a new seating and information area next to the Verity sculpture in Ilfracombe has been completed.
Visitors to Damien Hirst’s 20-metre tall sculpture can now view the statue from a larger viewing platform with new seating and lighting.
The work also includes a new information plinth at the foot of the statute detailing Verity’s creation and the materials used.
Ilfracombe Harbour Master, Rob Lawson, said: “Completion of the re-landscaping works have provided an exceptional new viewing area for the statue.
Ilfracombe Harbour Master Rob Lawson stands in the new Verity viewing area
“The materials used, both in colour and texture, have enhanced the Verity experience and I feel privileged to be able to see this iconic landmark every day.
“Verity will continue to provide much interest and discussion for the many visitors who come to see her and I would like to thank Mr Hirst for his continued support of Ilfracombe.”
Damien Hirst’s 20 metre sculpture, Verity, was loaned to North Devon Council by For Giving CIC in 2012.
Work started on the final phase of the project in November 2016.
Since Verity was installed in 2012 she has become a popular draw for tourists and the council say the work will ‘further enhance the Pier area’ and improve the visitor experience.


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Meet One of Scotland’s Youngest HarbourmastersMeet One of Scotland’s Youngest Harbourmasters
Added: 30 Mar 2017
The Press and Journal
David Mackay
30 March 2017

Moray’s biggest harbour has a new face at the helm as it prepares to branch out even further into new industries.
Darren Bremner is believed to be one of the youngest harbourmasters in Scotland – after taking the job at Buckie at the age of 35.
The Findochty native joined the team at the port a year ago as an assistant, but was almost immediately thrown in at the deep end when the previous harbourmaster resigned nine days later.
Yesterday, Mr Bremner was appointed permanently to the top post at Moray’s busiest port.
He said: “I am delighted to get the job, particularly at a time when the harbour area has so much going for it in terms of future development.
“I’ve got to know many of the harbour users in my year here and I am really looking forward to working with them to realise the harbour’s full potential.”
Buckie’s historic fishing trade may have declined with the port handling mainly commercial freight these days – but about 100,000 tonnes of cargo pass through the entrance to the harbour from the Moray Firth.
However, the port is being developed as a base for the servicing and maintenance of vessels which are involved in the offshore renewable energy industry.
The town is in contention to be named as a key harbour by Morl (Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd), who want to build up to 90 turbines about 25 miles off Buckie’s coast.
The nearby former shipyard remains under offer after being marketed by the council as a potential home for firms in the energy, manufacturing, shipbuilding or cargo industries.
Mr Bremner has plied his trade on semi-submersible rigs and large supply vessels as well as smaller barges. He has previously worked at shipyards in Gran Canaria, Invergordon and Hartlepool.
Moray Council’s harbour operations manager, Duncan Brown, believes that amount of training experience will make him an “invaluable asset” .

He added: “Darren is a crucial member of the council’s new harbours team which is focused on the development of all of Moray Council’s harbours in order to increase activity levels and attract economic investment.”
  

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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.

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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 www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/FLAG 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.
Tickets are free and can be booked at shoreham-port.co.uk/Boat-Tours


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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
Afloat
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 Afloat.ie 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.

Note: the views expressed in the blog are those of the contributor and do not necessarily reflect UKHMA policy or practice.
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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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