Portland Port reflects on 2015 and prepares for 2016/2017

DECEMBER 11, 2015

2015 was a great success for Portland Port, centred in the heart of UNESCO world heritage site, the Jurassic Coast. The port, located on the south-coast of the UK, enjoyed another record breaking year with passenger numbers reaching the highest point in the ports history for a third consecutive year. However, this was not the only remarkable achievement the port celebrated in what was an exceptional cruise season.

During 2015 the port welcomed 5 new cruise ships into the port for the first time, celebrated Crystal Cruises 25th anniversary with both of their vessels visiting the port, picked up another industry leading award and welcomed Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) to Portland, a first for NCL and for the port. Ian McQuade, General Manager – Commercial, concluded; “2015 has been an excellent year for us in the cruise sector with record numbers and plenty of inaugural calls. We are now looking to build on this success and are already planning for 2017.”

To cap off the year, the newest addition to the ports tug fleet arrived at the end of November. The Rufus Castle has a bollard pull of 50 tonnes, this increases the ports capacity to handle some of the larger vessels when otherwise it was restricted by the available bollard pull and prevailing weather. This purchase is integral to the ports future plans to accommodate larger vessels, including cruise ships.

The team at Portland Port have enjoyed the success of 2015 and whilst cruise lines continue to frequent Portland, the port is always planning ahead for the next two years. The main focus looking ahead to 2017 will be the introduction of an extended cruise berth which will allow ships in excess of 330m long to visit the port. Mr McQuade commented; “the berth extension will transform our capabilities and will enable us to remain competitive for many years to come.”