Throughput volumes across key trades at Associated British Ports (ABP) Ports of Plymouth and Teignmouth were comparable to volumes handled during the first six months of 2002 as the port company s investment strategies for its South-West ports continue to progress. In the first half of 2003, ABP announced plans to invest in excess of 4 million at Plymouth, in preparation for the arrival of Brittany Ferries new superferry, the Pont Aven, which will begin regular sailings from Plymouth s Millbay Docks in spring 2004.
During the first half of the year, approximately 230, 000 passengers passed through the port, a figure similar to the volume handled during the same period last year. PPC Services Plymouth continues to be an attractive destination for cruise-ship visits and has already welcomed calls from a number of prestigious cruise ships including the 69,000-tonne Grandeur of the Seas. At ABP Teignmouth, the port continues to serve Devon s staple farming and ball clay industries with volumes remaining steady during the first six months of 2003.
ABP s plans for the proposed 4 million reconstruction of Teignmouth s quay will be heard at a public inquiry shortly. The proposed new straight-line quay will create three new berths of 100 m in length, capable of accommodating the increasingly larger ships that are now beginning to call at Teignmouth to service the needs of the port s customers. ABP will also build a new, larger public slipway for the local community to replace the existing Polly Steps, and within the overall development scheme, there are also plans to enhance shed storage space at the port.
ABP is focused on strengthening the future of its South-West ports and developing their business. The current investment projects being undertaken at both ports, coupled with the established customer base both ports enjoy, will provide Plymouth and Teignmouth with a solid platform from which to continue to prosper. There have been a number of other new projects at the port, including the development of a 2.0 million new unit-load terminal which became operational at Immingham in August.