Portsmouth Port unveils its 15-year master plan at event

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE Martin Putman at Portsmouth International Port
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE Martin Putman at Portsmouth International Port
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A BLUEPRINT for the next 15 years of Portsmouth’s International Port has been unveiled.

The 35-page master plan was revealed yesterday when an international conference called Ports Adapting to Change was held in Portsmouth for the first time.

The report outlines the investment the port will be making to increase the number of ships which can use it.

It includes aims such as building a berth for cruise ships, and looks at how the port can react to changes in the future.

The plan also revealed that 1,595 jobs depend on the port’s presence in the city, and that it is worth around £71m to the local economy.

Port manager Martin Putman said the document was important in securing the council-owned port’s future and to tell every person living in the city about its plans.

He said: ‘The whole purpose of it is to inform the local stakeholders, like the local community, but also the planning bodies whose permission we’ll need to develop the port.’

The plan is designed to be flexible so it can meet changes in the future.

It discusses the possibility of a new cruise ship berth, which is not needed now but may be in the future.

Mr Putman said: ‘We’re not really at the stage of needing a dedicated cruise berth at the moment, but if in the future we were to get more ferries in, for example, we’d have to displace the cruise ships in favour of the ferries.’

The document is available to view on the port’s website, at portsmouth-port.co.uk.

The day-long conference at the Guildhall yesterday, saw senior managers from seven Channel and southern North Sea ports gather together.

Some of the delegates were able to visit the port’s new terminal building during their visit.

The idea of the event was that the ports share their ideas and ways of working.

Mr Putman added: ‘It’s the first big event like this we’ve had here, and it’s very important because we have visited other events in other countries and we are now playing our part.’