The British ferry industry is gearing up for growth with more than a billion pounds worth of new investments planned in the next four years. That’s according a recently released report.
Portsmouth International Port has long realised that investing in new facilities is key to maintaining its position as the UK’s second busiest ferry port. The latest multi-million pound transformation will be unveiled next month when a new upgraded linkspan draw bridge is put into position.
The £9 million double decked linkspan is crucial to smooth and efficient ferry operations, used for getting vehicles on and off of vessels. A tightly choreographed operation to install and commission it at Berth 4 will follow a three day sea crossing from Deest in Holland where it was manufactured.
The improvements at Portsmouth International Port contribute to unprecedented national investments. New figures from Discover Ferries, the group representing the UK ferry industry, collate an impressive range of new ships and port facilities due to benefit passengers in the near future.
Emma Batchelor, Director of Discover Ferries, which released the investment statistics, said the figures reflected the sustained popularity of ferry travel. “More than 39 million passenger journeys are made by ferry to UK islands, the Isle of Man and Ireland, France, Spain and Holland,” she said “and those sustained numbers are enabling ferry operators to invest with confidence in new ships and new routes. Ferry travel today is transformed compared to a decade ago and enjoys a loyal following of travelers who value comfort and space. In the next four years the scale of this investment will see another step change in service for travellers.”
Next year passengers travelling from Portsmouth International Port to Caen will experience the latest generation of ferry as Brittany Ferries brings its new ship Honfleur into service.
An investment of £175million will deliver a relaxing and comfortable crossing for passengers, on the most environmentally ferry operating in the English Channel. Honfleur will be power by Liquid Natural Gas, significantly reducing pollution.