New lock gates for Milford
Mon, 08 December 2014
A giant set of new lock gates has arrived by barge in Milford Haven, UK. The gates are part of the Port’s £6m Milford Dock Lock Project which will reduce locking times and, hopes Milford Dock, help make the marina one of the UK’s top marine leisure destinations.
The gates which weigh 90 tonnes each were built in the Netherlands and brought over by barge ahead of schedule due to favourable weather conditions.
Welcoming the arrival is chief executive Alec Don, who said "It is really exciting to see this project nearing completion. It will make Milford Dock one of the most accessible tidal docks in the UK- great news for fishermen and sailors using the dock as a base to access the waterway and coastline of Pembrokeshire. The Port is investing nearly £6 million in this project because we believe fishing and water-based leisure can bring even greater benefits to the local economy. A modern, efficient dock brings more business here, more investment, spending and jobs.” He added "We are extremely grateful to our customers who've shown incredible patience. As you can see we are very nearly there."
The project to build new gates in the lock is part of Visit Wales' Coastal Tourism Project, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, to encourage tourism along the Welsh coastline.
The Port of Milford Haven is responsible for the biggest port in Wales, and is the third largest port in the UK. Each year it handles around 29% of Britain’s seaborne trade in oil and gas.
By Jake Frith