Portland Port’s cruise season got off to a surprise early start on Monday with the arrival of the Cruise and Maritime Voyages vessel Marco Polo. Her return to the UK from her previous cruise to South America and the Amazon river was delayed by adverse weather conditions last week which meant that the Marco Polo could not make it back to her turnaround port of Bristol in time to start her next cruise but instead had to head to Portland.
The 22,000 tonnes, 176m long Marco Polo had 650 passengers on board when she arrived and later sailed with over 750 passengers heading for a cruise to the “Land of the Northern Lights”. The Marco Polo has visited the port once before way back in 2007 when she was operated by Norwegian Cruise Lines. Things have changed a lot at Portland Port since her last visit and this year she will be the first of 25 cruise ships visiting the port.
General Manager (Commercial), Ian McQuade said “last minute calls like the visit of the Marco Polo are, by their nature, planned at very short notice which means a lot of work for all involved. In addition to the passengers and all their baggage the ship also needs to offload waste from the previous cruise and then resupply and replenish its stores. With the excellent support of the entire Portland work force we were able to get the Marco Polo on her way to northern waters”.
It is not the first time that Portland Port has been used by Cruise and Maritime Voyages as an emergency turnaround port in this way. Back in January 2015 the port undertook a similar operation for the ship Azores.
Amy Sandford Smith: 17th Feb 2017 10:58:00
Portland Port’s cruise season is looking to be a record breaking one with the greatest number of cruise passengers to date. Furthermore, 2017 will also see a record number of inaugural calls during an extended season, running from April to November. Overall the port is expecting to handle 24 cruise ships bringing over 36,000 passengers into Portland. Of these 24 calls, 10 will be first time visitors.
Amy Sandford Smith: 19th Jan 2017 09:00:00
Portland Port is having a busy start to 2017 with most berths occupied.
Amy Sandford Smith: 10th Jan 2017 15:00:00
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.
Amy Sandford Smith: 21st Dec 2016 12:18:00
Portland Port has announced that the extension works to its main cruise berth, the Outer Coaling Pier, have commenced.
Amy Sandford Smith: 15th Nov 2016 15:31:00
Disney Cruise Lines have recently announced that they are to visit Portland in the 2017 cruise season. The anticipated arrival of the Disney Magic next year is news that demonstrates the progress Portland Port continues to make in the cruise industry.
Jack Brooke: 19th Apr 2016 15:11:00
Following a lengthy planning process, the board at Portland Port have approved and finalised plans for the extension of the port’s primary cruise berth, with works scheduled to start in spring this year. Portland is one of just three ports on the south coast of the UK that can already handle vessels up to 300m LOA alongside. The new facility, which will be finished in time for the 2017 season will further strengthen the ports position by increasing this capability to berth vessels in excess of 340m LOA alongside.
Jack Brooke: 18th Mar 2016 15:09:00
This week Portland Port and Harbour Authority welcomed the arrival of the newest member of the harbour towage fleet, the Rufus Castle. Formally undertaking towage and offshore support services on the east coast of the UK, the tug was purchased by the harbour authority following the recent sale of the ports oldest operating tug, the Sandsfoot Castle. Its 40 hour journey from Hull to Portland went very well, even with the Gale force winds it encountered during its final 6 hour approach.
Jack Brooke: 30th Nov 2015 14:50:00
Portland Port is delighted to announce that global oil and shipping company Monjasa have started their bunker operations. The first bunker delivery was delivered by based bunker barge, MT Skaw Provider to general cargo vessel, MV Lagoon Phoenix, directly followed by a delivery to the Greek owned Bulk Carrier, MV Star Harmony. The conditions throughout operations were challenging with some of the worst winds seen this year, however the port working alongside Portland Bunkers UK and Monjasa, successfully managed to undertake both operations safely and efficiently, so that minimal delays were incurred.
Jack Brooke: 30th Nov 2015 14:37:00
Portland Port is delighted to announce that it has won Cruise Insight’s ‘Most Responsive Port’ award this year at the Cruise Shipping Exhibition in Miami.
Jack Brooke: 19th Mar 2015 10:41:00
A surprise turnaround call kicks of the 2015 cruise season.
Jack Brooke: 2nd Mar 2015 10:11:00
Portland Port has recently hosted its first cruise educational event. The event has been a year in the making and its aim was to introduce the ground tour operators who work on behalf of the cruise lines to more local attractions, giving these local businesses the ideal opportunity to market their products directly to this key group of decision makers
Jack Brooke: 4th Nov 2014 11:23:00
Portland Port have recently unveiled plans showing their intention to go ahead with a berth extension that would be capable for handling vessels up to 340 metres.
Jon Sloper: 5th Mar 2014 23:16:00
Portland Port becomes most popular South West cruise destination. Portland Port establishes itself as the most popular cruise destination in the South West of the UK.
Jon Sloper: 20th Feb 2014 23:17:00