A MULTI-MILLION pound project to equip Portsmouth International Port for the future is to begin this week.
One of the berths at the port, berth two, which is used by both ferries and cruise ships, is to be lengthened by 50m.
It means more ships will be able to dock at any one time, and the largest vessels able to use the port will be 240m long.
The maximum length a ship can be to dock currently is 210m.
Phil Gadd, ferry port manager at the port, said: ‘We can never afford to rest on our laurels, and must continue to develop our facilities. Doing nothing is not a viable option as it has became clear that ferry and cruise ship operators are keen to bring bigger ships to Portsmouth.
‘The newly-extended berth will offer them a chance to grow their business, and help us sustain jobs in the city.’
Southampton firm Trant will build the extension, and hopes to have the work completed by Easter, in time for the busy summer ferry and cruise seasons.
The port insists there will be no disruption to ferry timetables.