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The Port of Milford Haven is inviting local residents, businesses, berth holders and marina and dock customers to an informal ‘Meet the Contractor’ event for its £6 million Milford Dock Lock project.

The project to place new gates in the lock and improve access to the marina and dock is the biggest investment of its kind to happen at Milford Dock for more than half a century.  It will significantly reduce the locking time and provide an increased number of locks within any 12 hour period making Milford Marina one of the most accessible locked marinas anywhere in Britain.

All the planning and surveying has been carried out now and, as more visible elements of the civil engineering works get underway, the Port of Milford Haven is looking to engage with anyone affected by or simply interested in the project.

The drop-in event will give people a chance to look at the schedule of works and get a clearer idea of what’s being done. They’ll also be able to speak directly to the contractors, as well as Port managers.   The event takes place on Monday 12th August between 3pm and 7pm at Suite 3 Agamemnon House, Milford Marina, Milford Haven.

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.

McLaughlin and Harvey were awarded the contract to carry out the civil engineering works for the installation of the new lock gates.  They have over 150 years of experience in the building and civil engineering industry and have won a number of awards that demonstrate their commitment to delivering quality construction projects and achieving excellence.

Atkins were the official engineering designers for the 2012 Olympics and are the UK’s largest design, engineering and project management consultancy providing multidisciplinary technical expertise.  They were awarded the contract for the overall design and project management for the development.


Notes to Editors:

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 and is widely recognised in the industry as the energy capital of the UK.

The Port, along with the cluster of energy-related businesses along the Waterway, is a key driver of economic activity in Pembrokeshire, attracting inward investment and supporting over 4,000 jobs.

The Port of Milford Haven also owns and operates Pembroke Port and Milford Dock.  Activities such as cargo handling, ferry operations, fish landing and cruise calls as well as a first class marina are spread across these two sites.

One of the most prominent on the West Coast, the Port is in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the only Coastal National Park in Great Britain. It is marked as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and has many areas designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The Port of Milford Haven is a trust port – an independent, commercially run organisation that has statutory responsibilities governed by its Acts, to maintain and improve navigation and the provision of Port and Harbour services and facilities.  Additionally, the Port provides significant financial and in-kind support to a wide variety of local causes.  All profits are retained within the business to fund these objectives.  

For any media enquiries please contact: 
Adrian Lort-Phillips 
Radiant Media 
07774 468273

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