The port of Southampton has begun a further phase of planned investment to maximise quayside space to make sure that the world’s largest ships can continue to call at the port, as part of an ongoing programme in boosting the port’s infrastructure and quayside facilities.
Specifically, the Associated British Ports stated that the project for improving the port’s facilities costs £4.3 million.
In light of the improvements taking place, the former Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) building, which traditionally has been a prominent feature in the port’s skyline, is wrecked along with a dry goods storage shed in the Eastern Docks.
The space that will emerge, will be important for the movement and trade of High and Heavy, mostly used for exports of farm, construction or specialist machinery and vehicles.
When the project is completed, the largest carriers will be capable of berthing in the area, increasing the port’s opportunities for international trade.
Alastair Welch, the regional director for Southampton, stated that
Continued investment around the port is essential and ensures that we stay one step ahead of adapting to our customers’ growing and changing needs.
This project marks the latest projects that have been conducted to boost the port and its operations.
Following the developments, in summer the port announced the completion of a project that aimed to lengthen the tracks at Solent Rail Terminal and it now aims to reduce lorry movements in the city by 180,000 each year.