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. Ian McQuade, General Manager – Commercial, at Portland Port added; “We are lucky to have minimum water depths of 9.6m on our main cruise berth, now with the berth extension we will be able handle ships in excess of 340m LOA, putting us in a very unique group of ports along the English Channel. When we add this to our proximity to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Stonehenge, Bath and the Jurassic Coast, along with easy access to the many attractions of the beautiful English countryside, we feel we will be very well positioned to continue to serve an ever increasing range of cruise line customers”.
Whilst Portland will witness a small dip in passenger numbers and ship calls this year, the port is still excited about the prospects of two flagships from key players in the cruise industry visiting the port for the first time in 2016. The ‘Koningsdam’ and ‘Mein Schiff 5’ from Holland America Lines and the TUI Group respectively are both just shy of 300m long and together are expected to bring approximately 5,000 passengers into Portland. 2016 will also see the Saga Sapphire visiting the port for the first time, with regular customers Holland America, Costa and Phoenix Reisen returning to Portland for another year. “Cruise visits are down across a number of UK ports in for a variety of reasons. That said, 2017 is shaping up to be a good year with passenger numbers back to, and indeed, exceeding previous levels. We are continuing to work very hard at securing a promising future for Portland as a cruise destination.”, commented Ian McQuade.
The cruise berth extension and the forthcoming arrival of cruise line flagships in 2016 is a good indicator for the future of Portland Port and its cruise programme. As the cruise ships sailing the world continue to grow in size the new cruise berth will allow Portland to accommodate some of the biggest cruise ships in operation. The future allows for more passengers to visit Portland and experience quintessential England at its finest, award winning beaches and the World Heritage Site, The Jurassic Coast in all its glory.
Jack Brooke: 18th Mar 2016 15:09:00
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
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.
Amy Sandford Smith: 21st Feb 2017 11:59:00
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
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
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