The South Coast is home to a number of ports providing a wide range of offerings:
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Falmouth Harbour Website
With the deepest natural harbour in Western Europe and a well established marine supply chain, Falmouth is well positioned to continue as an active and leading port for offshore renewables.
Plymouth is a centre for naval engineering much of which is focused around the Devonport Royal Dockyard – the largest naval base and dockyard in western Europe.
Portsmouth International Port is a commercial cruise ship and ferry port for international destinations. The port is the second busiest in the United Kingdom after Dover, handling around three million passengers a year. HMNB Portsmouth is considered to be the home of the Royal Navy and is home to two-thirds of the UK’s surface fleet.
Port of Southampton is the UK’s number one vehicle handling port, Europe’s leading turnaround cruise port and the UK’s most productive container port.Operated by DP World Southampton, the terminal is home to the new 500m deepwater quay SCT5, which was purpose built to handle the biggest ships in the world.
Home to the UK fleets of both P&O Cruises and Cunard Line and used regularly by Royal Caribbean International, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and Saga Cruises.
Port of Poole provides services including conventional and containerised (TEU & FEU) freight handling, cross-channel ferry services, cargo forwarding and storage.
The development of the South Quay which will be completed early 2018, will enable the port to see 40-50 cruise ships a year and could mean that luxury Sunseeker yachts could be exported from the port instead of having to be taken to Southampton.
Poole Harbour is the largest pacific oyster production area in England and one of the most popular angling destinations in the country.
Portland Port is home to Global Marine, subsea installation and maintenance; and an extensive Defence activity in connection with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, the Royal Marines/RM Poole; Atlas Elektronik UK and associated trials; and QinetiQ amongst others; and benefits from:
- Protected deep water harbour
- 24hrs deep water access
- Safe anchorage zone outside the harbour
- International refueling station run by Portland Bunkers UK
- Recent berth extensions mean that the Port can accommodate cruise ships up to 340 metres in length alongside and cargo vessels up to Panamax size alongside.
For many more investment and growth options please check the links below:
- Cornwall http://www.investincornwall.com/
- Devon https://www.investdevon.co.uk/
- Exeter https://exeter.gov.uk/business/
- Hampshire investinhampshire.co.uk
- Heart of the South West investheartsw.org.uk
- North Devon investnorthdevon.com
- Plymouth http://sites.visitplymouth.co.uk/invest
- Portsmouth http://www.investinportsmouth.co.uk/sectors/marine-maritime.aspx
- Solent LEP http://solentlep.org.uk/strategic_priorities/inward_investment
- Somerset http://www.intosomerset.co.uk/
- Southampton investinsouthampton.co.uk
- Torbay http://www.investintorbay.com/key-industries/marine-industries-research/