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Unlocking a gateway in Pembrokeshire

Milford Docks Lock
Written by Roma Publications

Milford Docks Lock

Milford Haven is a deep water port, which handles more than 29% of Britain’s seaborne trade in oil and gas.

Milford Haven is the largest port in Wales – the third largest in the UK – and offers an array of marine services, from ferry operations and fish landing to cargo handling.

The port is widely recognised as the energy capital of the UK and along with a collection of energy-related businesses – all located along the waterway – the port helps to drive economic activity in Pembrokeshire. Milford Haven is an independent, commercially run organisation and supports over 4,000 jobs.

In 2013, a £6 million project was initiated by the Port of Milford Haven, designed to introduce a new set of gates at the entrance to Milford Marina and Dock. The scheme was designed in order to install gates within the existing lock with the aim of securing Milford Haven’s future as the leading destination for sailing.

The project was implemented by the Port of Milford Haven and is backed by Visit Wales’ Coastal Tourism Project, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

Milford Docks Lock

Short Sea Director for the Port of Milford Haven, Kevin Hobbs, said:

“It is a great example of how the port’s investment, coupled with support from the European Union can make a huge difference for people in Pembrokeshire. What’s even more exciting is that this is just the first phase in a wider investment programme planned for Milford Marina Dock that’s beginning to gather pace.

“The programme, referred to as the Milford Dock Master Plan, will transform the area to attract more visitors and boost economic activity. New shops, open spaces for events, additional recreation activities and commercial fish processing units, as a well as more berths and facilities for the marina, are all part of the mix. It is hoped that this will enhance Milford Haven’s status as a vibrant centre for marine leisure and tourism within this highly popular and beautiful waterway.”

Milford Docks Lock

The project is the largest investment of its kind at Milford Dock for more than 50 years. The main civil works reached completion in October whilst the installation of the lock gates will take place between November and December.

The new gates significantly reduce the locking time, which in turn increases the number of locks possible within a 12 hour period. This makes Milford Marina one of the most accessible locked marinas in Britain.

Work comprises the construction of new concrete abutments, sill and dolphins to support and protect the gates; repairs and wall strengthening works; and the provision of berthing pontoons. In addition, a number of operations are being undertaken to support the gate installation works.

High quality building and civil engineering construction specialist, McLaughlin & Harvey was the main contractor on the civil works. The company has more than 100 years’ experience in the design and construction of new ports, so were the ideal choice for the project.

Milford Docks Lock

Dutch company, Ravenstein is responsible for the installation of the lock gates, whilst ground preparation works were undertaken by subcontractors Quinn Piling.

To keep disruption at the port to a minimum, site teams are continually liaising with customers and nearby residents to inform them of the works.

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