Portsmouth International Port installs new linkspan for ferries

Portsmouth International Port installs new linkspan for ferries
The new linkspan was designed and installed by Dutch company Ravestein (Image: Portsmouth International Port)

The UK’s Portsmouth International Port has installed a new linkspan to enable it to load and unload passenger vehicles and freight from ferries at Berth Four.

The new linkspan was designed and installed by Dutch company Ravestein, which previously installed the linkspan at Berth Three and converted the linkspans at Berths One and Two from semi-buoyant to fully-buoyant operations.

Part of the port’s £9 million (US$12.6) project to improve its facilities, the linkspan is eligible for an EU Ports Energy and Carbon Savings grant. The project will receive more than £500,000 in funding from the Interreg 2 Seas programme 2014-2020, which is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

“Portsmouth International Port offers first-class facilities for passengers and we’re continuing to invest to make sure we continue to deliver modern and efficient technology,” said Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council. “The new linkspan will be in service for a number of years and offers a reliable service for our visitors.”

The two-deck linkspan will be used by Brittany Ferries’ new gas-powered passenger ferry Honfleur when she enters service in 2019. The LNG ferry will serve the route between Portsmouth and Caen, France.

“Last year we signed a 10-year agreement with Brittany Ferries, agreeing to continue to work closely together,” said Mike Sellers, port director at Portsmouth International Port. “This new linkspan is a symbol of that partnership, with Brittany Ferries being the primary users of Berth Four. The improvements we make made today will serve their vessels of tomorrow.”

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Elizabeth Robinson
By Elizabeth Robinson
Friday, March 23, 2018