Portland Port has recently completed the restoration of the historic lighthouse situated at the main entrance to the harbour.  Two opportunities were available to the Port; the cheaper option would have been to retire the existing lighthouse and use a modern counterpart.  After deliberating both options, the decision was made to restore the existing structure to maintain the historical integrity of the breakwater.   

The northern and north eastern breakwaters of Portland Harbour were constructed at the turn of the 20th century, at a time when hostilities with Germany were developing.  The Harbour at that time was home to the British fleet and the additional breakwaters gave extra protection.

The ‘A’ Head lighthouse on the southern roundhead of the north-eastern breakwater, would have been constructed around this time, believed to be approximately 1906, although little is known about its construction.  It is however one of the few remaining operating lighthouses of its kind in England.

The manufacturer of the lighthouse is cast into the support legs; Chance Brothers of Birmingham. The company was founded in 1824 as a leading glass manufacturer and a pioneer of British glassmaking technology, however in 1851 they became a major lighthouse engineering company, producing optical components, machinery, and other equipment for lighthouses around the world.  Their name is also associated with the manufacture of parts of Portland Bill lighthouse.

The decision to restore the lighthouse was made after the last survey which found it to be in a heavily corroded state.  Invitations to tender were sent out, with the restoration contact being awarded to Quest Marine Ltd.

Ned Wiltshire of Quest Marine Ltd. said “It was a great honour for Quest to be asked by Portland Port to undertake the restoration of the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse.

The project involved transporting a large amount of plant and equipment by barge to the breakwater. Over 10 tons of scaffolding was erected to allow us access to all parts of the structure.

The work was carried out by Quest staff from the Weymouth and Portland area.  We have very much enjoyed the challenge of giving this historic local landmark a new lease of life.”   

The structure is exposed to the elements so it was not easy to carry out the work but the transformation is nothing short of miraculous with the lighthouse looking brand new.

Amy Sandford Smith: 21st Feb 2017 11:59:00

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Portland Port Celebrates the Completion & Opening of the Cruise Berth Extension

Portland Port Celebrates the Completion & Opening of the Cruise Berth Extension

On Tuesday 11th April 2017, Richard Drax, MP for South Dorset officially opened the completed cruise berth extension at Portland Port. The ceremony, involving port staff, tenants and guests, was kicked off with speeches from Christopher Langham, Chairman of Portland Port Group, followed by Richard Drax, who then cut the ribbon and declared the extension open.

Amy Sandford Smith: 12th Apr 2017 13:37:00

Port Notice

Port Notice

We were recently made aware that a sister company to the private tour operator Dorset Tours had been set up, called Portland Port Shore Tours using the website www.portland-port.com.

: 3rd Apr 2017 13:52:00

Cruise Berth Extension Nearing Completion

Cruise Berth Extension Nearing Completion

Progress on Portland Port’s main cruise berth, Outer Coaling Pier, continues at pace. Steel re-enforcement is currently being installed in the new outer dolphin with a view to pouring first stage concrete in early March. The first stage concrete has already been poured on the inner dolphin and progress is now being made with the remaining re-enforcement and establishing the foundation arrangements for six new 150 tonne bollards and a capstan that will eventually be mounted on the inner dolphin. There will also be six 150 tonne bollards and a capstan on the outer dolphin which has been designed as a mooring dolphin only.

Amy Sandford Smith: 1st Mar 2017 13:11:00

Surprise Visitor Starts Portland Port's Cruise Season Early

Surprise Visitor Starts Portland Port's Cruise Season Early

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.

Amy Sandford Smith: 17th Feb 2017 10:58:00

Disney Double Leads Record Breaking Cruise Season for Portland Port

Disney Double Leads Record Breaking Cruise Season for Portland Port

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

Flying start to 2017 for Portland Port

Flying start to 2017 for Portland Port

Portland Port is having a busy start to 2017 with most berths occupied.

Amy Sandford Smith: 10th Jan 2017 15:00:00

Portland Port’s berth extension is well underway

Portland Port’s berth extension is well underway

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

Work starts on Portland Port berth extension

Work starts on Portland Port berth extension

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 to call at Portland in 2017

Disney Cruise Lines to call at Portland in 2017

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

Port moves forward with cruise berth extension plans

Port moves forward with cruise berth extension plans

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

Portland Port completes purchase of new multi-million pound tug

Portland Port completes purchase of new multi-million pound tug

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 announce new Bunker operations in Port

Portland Port announce new Bunker operations in Port

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 scoops up another award at Cruise Shipping Miami

Portland Port scoops up another award at Cruise Shipping Miami

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

Port welcomes the Azores in from the cold: A surprise start to 2015 at Portland

Port welcomes the Azores in from the cold: A surprise start to 2015 at Portland

A surprise turnaround call kicks of the 2015 cruise season.

Jack Brooke: 2nd Mar 2015 10:11:00

Cruise Educational a Great Success for Portland Port

Cruise Educational a Great Success for Portland Port

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 announce cruise berth extension plans

Portland Port announce cruise berth extension plans

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 becomes most popular South West cruise destination

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