Work begins on removal of huge jetty from Portsmouth International Port

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A SPECIALIST barge has began removing large sections of a redundant jetty from Portsmouth International Port.

The removal of the floating dock jetty – a concrete and steel structure built in 1906 – will make it possible for larger vessels to use the port, which is owned by the city council.

The work is part of a £5m upgrade of the port. Deputy Tory council leader Luke Stubbs said: ‘It’s an expensive project, but a necessary one. Freight vessels continue to grow in size and Portsmouth will only be able to accommodate the larger ships of the future with this structure out of the way.’

The jetty was designed to secure large floating dry docks once used by navy for the maintenance of Dreadnoughts.