ABP begins first phase of Millbay Docks development

ABP begins first phase of Millbay Docks development

Associated British Ports (ABP) has announced the start of the first phase of construction at Millbay Docks in the Port of Plymouth.

This work is the latest in a series of strategic infrastructure developments at Millbay that will help secure the Ferry Terminal’s long-term future, strengthen the port’s freight capability, improve the port’s green credentials and expand its cruise offering.

Specifically, the work that has begun is connected to the rehabilitation of the West Wharf, which is a vital component of the larger infrastructure improvement programme.

On 15 January, the Devon-based contractor, Teignmouth Maritime Services (TMS) reportedly received the delivery of piles, which will be installed over the next six weeks in order to reinforce the West Wharf and increase the existing load capacity.

ABP noted that this will improve the port’s capacity to handle general cargo and containers on the berth, as well as support a cutting-edge Passenger Boarding Bridge for the ferry and cruise markets.

The latter is said to increase connectivity for future enterprises operating inside the Freeport, which will require convenient access to the sea to import raw materials, components and export finished goods.

The latter will assist to improve ferry and cruise service facilities, as well as the passenger experience.

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Julian Walker, Regional Director, ABP said: “The works will see infrastructure upgrades, which will help to future-proof the docks for years to come and mean that the community and broader economy benefit from increased activities within the region.

“This work marks an important milestone in a transformative journey for Millbay Docks. We are delighted to be the first funded project that is underway for Plymouth and South Devon Freeport, and it is made possible through the £1.3 million ($1.6 million) Seed Capital Funding, alongside further significant investment by ABP.”

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Richard May, CEO, Plymouth and South Devon Freeport, stated: “It’s great to see our first Seed Capital project get underway. Thanks to ABP for mobilising this project so quickly. Enhancing such infrastructure secures the future and allows us to optimise port operations, increase ship rotations, consider new routes and high-value cargo types.

“We will see many of our other infrastructure projects go live this year just 12 months after the Government gave us a green light to be a Freeport.”

In December 2023, ABP and BW Ideol AS, a pioneer in offshore floating wind, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to investigate the feasibility of serialised production of concrete substructures for floating offshore wind turbine foundations.

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