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£1.016m Dredging project for Portsmouth

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Dredging Portsmouth's port is good news for the banana boats

 

Banana boats, bigger cruise liners and ferries are set to benefit from plans to deepen Portsmouth Commercial Port.

Portsmouth City Council has agreed plans to dredge the port, currently 7.5m deep at low tide, to 9.3m, which will safeguard current cargo and container shipping, as well as enabling larger boats to access the port.

 

Vernon-Jackson said: 'The port needs to do this so its business continues to grow. The plans should help make things easier for the bigger ferries using the ferry port and also to make sure heavier cargo loads can enter the port.'

 

The commercial port, which last year saw 935,922 tonnes of imported goods into the city, including 60 per cent of all bananas imported into the UK, will be dredged between Albert Johnson and Flathouse Quays and the ferry port, the first time since 1991-92 a major dredge has taken place.

 

Cllr Vernon-Jackson said: 'One reason the dredge is needed is to make things easier for the banana cargoes. At the moment, the boats come from the West Indies, but the port's too shallow for them to enter with full cargo.

 

'Instead, they have to stop off at Antwerp, then drop off some there, then come to Portsmouth. There's not been any talk of the ships not coming to Portsmouth, but this way it will be easier for them, and it means we can do even more business.'

 

The project will see the area of the port dredged to a depth of 9.3m at low tide at the point where vessels will be docked, five metres from the edge of Albert Johnson Quay. Closer to the edge of the quay will be dredged to 8.3m at low tide.

 

The estimated cost of the project is £1.016m, and will also include dredging the port entrance, to enable easier access for ships, as well as repositioning HMS Bristol from its permanent berth at Whale Island, to allow ferries using the commercial port a 300m turning circle.

 

Cllr Vernon-Jackson said: 'This has been necessary since the 204m-long Cap Finisterre Portsmouth to Santander ferry was introduced, as it's a navigational requirement. We also have the Bilbao crossings, and if we hope to attract other larger vessels, we will need the turning space. So we hope HMS Bristol will be able to move a little further down the berth it's in, so we can complete the project.'

No mention here of the additional dredging that will be required to accommodate the new aircraft carriers.

 

HMS Bristol was absent from her berth when I travelled on Wednesday evening, I wondered where she'd gotten to!

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Re: £1.016m Dredging project for Portsmouth

 

I rather doubt if Bristol will survive the forthcoming cuts, especially as there is a rumour that even the BRNC College at Dartmouth will be shut.

 

It will be ironic if Bristol does go as she was built as an escort to the CVA01 aircarft carriers which were cancelled in the 1966 defence review. Now she will be scrapped to help pay for two new carriers.

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Is she not against the quayside opposite where she was? I thought I saw here there Friday with lights all the way round the deck.

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From what I hear Bristol is in for a major refit so she can stay in service/moored up for another 20 years or so.

From what I can recall when I used to work on whale Island Bristol is used for trainning cadets and her future is safe.

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From what I hear Bristol is in for a major refit so she can stay in service/moored up for another 20 years or so.

From what I can recall when I used to work on whale Island Bristol is used for trainning cadets and her future is safe.

 

I don't know - Ark Royal is to be scrapped:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-11570593

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I've just seen that myself Ferry man. It makes me laugh I drive around Portsmouth naval base alot as I work for a very small Taxi company in Portsmouth:D, they want to scrap a good working carrier that has just come out of a major refit not to many years ago while we have a carrier(Lusty i think)the basin with no props, engines, gearbox plus a few more bits missing. Why can't they just scrap her than the Ark Royal.

At this rate if we have to go to war the navy will being setting out to sea on the Warrior and Victory :-/

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Re: £1.016m Dredging project for Portsmouth

 

It's Invincible that is being cannibalised. I think Illustrious is undergoing a refit in Scotland.

 

But yes, Ark Royal has only recently come out of a very expensive refit.

 

Politicians cannot be trusted with the Defence of the Realm unfortunately.

 

Afganistan is a conflict which cannot be won due to its inherent nature. However, history shows that conventional threats can arise almost out of nowhere. Politicians don't read history though.:'(

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