2016 has been a busy year for the port.
BF have spent £10 million on new technology for the Barfleur so that the vessel can comply with new environmental legislation, hopefully ensuring its continued Cherbourg operation for the foreseeable future.
Condor are now in their second year of operations from Poole. They experienced some technical glitches with M/V Liberation (102 metre fast craft), however they have encountered no problems with the port of Poole and we are confident that the relocation of their entire fast craft operation to Poole will be a permanent move.
Thus far it has been a solid year for bulk cargoes and we are seeing good growth in this sector.
This year we have had a record number of cruise calls (12) and there has been strong demand from a number of cruise ship companies to visit Poole however we are currently unable to accommodate most of the enquiries due to lack of depth at our existing quays.
Further to our published master plan and subsequent HRO application (backed by extensive environmental impact assessment), PHC received approval from the Marine Management Organsiation to construct a new quay in the port. This will be immediately to the east of RoRo 2 (Condor berth), directly in front of the Port of Poole Marina. The construction will take approximately 8/9 months and is expected to be completed by June 2017. The new quay will be 9m deep and 200 metres long and will enable the port to attract a number of new customers to the port.
Larger Cruise ships – research has shown that we should be able to achieve 30/40 cruise ship calls per annum although this will be a phased approach over the next 10 years
Sunseeker exports – 90% of exports currently go through Southampton due to the lack of depth at the port’s existing quays.
Larger bulk cargo and project cargo vessels – a number of new port customers are expressing interest in moving to the port once the new quay has been built.
It is expected that the south quay traffic will help to compensate for the reduction in roro services that the port has had to contend with over the past 15 years or so.
Re-piling of Town Quay
The condition of the eastern end of Town Quay has deteriorated significantly over the years and therefore PHC has had to commence a re-piling operation, phased over the next 4 years, the first phase of which has already been completed.This has resulted in an increase of 0.5 metres in the height of Town Quay which will provide greater flood defence protection. This work Is essential if we are avoid a collapse of the quay (as per Weymouth).
Poole Boat Show
In May 2015 PHC hosted a Poole Harbour Boat Show in PQBH and on Town Quay. Approximately 15,000 people turned up over 2 days. There were approximately 100 boats on display and some 75 stalls on the quay.
The event included a number of water based activities and displays (including yacht club taster sessions intended to encourage novices onto the water), charity stalls , RNLI involvement , firework display, music stage, tall ships and historic vessels
PHC decided that it would be a free event.
We received very good feedback from exhibitors and the general publican and therefore arranged a 3 day event in May 2016 which attracted close to 20,000 people.
European Maritime Day (EMD)
Every year the European Union selects a port to host EMD and we are delighted that Poole has been awarded the event in Many 2017.
It is a seven day event and government ministers are expected to attend.
2 day conference
3 day boat show / maritime festival
Maritime trade show
This will take place on 30th November at the passenger terminal and includes a presentation from the MD of Sunseeker.