The works to extend our main cruise berth; Outer Coaling Pier are well underway. The piling for the outer dolphin is complete with piling for the inner dolphin being put in place at the moment.
Ian McQuade, General Manager – Commercial, at Portland Port commented,
“It is exciting for us and the wider community to watch the works progressing. It is a feat of engineering with the average pile for this project, being 27 metres long. Each pile was delivered to the port individually, which required careful planning and traffic management to ensure it went as smoothly as possible. Once completed, we will be one of a small number of ports along the English Channel that can accommodate vessels with LOA’s of more than 340 metres.”
When the extension has been completed, it will boast a new suite of mooring bollards, high capacity pneumatic floating fenders and a minimum water depth of 9.6m CD. There are also plans to increase the minimum water depth to 10 metres.
As the cruise ships sailing the world continue getting larger, the new cruise berth and increased minimum water depth will allow Portland to accommodate some of the biggest cruise ships in operation.
Photograph taken by Ted Toop
Amy Sandford Smith: 21st Dec 2016 12:18:00
At the end of every cruise season the port reviews it’s entire operation with the aim of continually improving the service it provides. As part of the ports improvement strategy, research has been undertaken over the last three years which has yielded some fantastic results for the local area. The research has been based on the activities that cruise passengers undertake whilst in port and helps put to bed the myth that all cruise passengers visiting Portland Port go to Stonehenge.
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