After careful planning Portland Port is set to start construction of an extension to its main cruise berth during 2016. The new, extended facility will be operational in time for the start of the 2017 cruise season. Preliminary work has already been completed seeing the addition of a number of new mooring bollards on the existing berth. The next phase will see the construction of a new mooring dolphin and the strengthening and expansion of the existing breasting dolphin. The net result will see the berth extended to handle ships alongside in excess of 340m LOA. Ian McQuade, General Manager Commercial for Portland Port said: “We are lucky enough to currently be able to handle cruise ships up to 300m LOA alongside, our new extension will in future enable us to handle all but the very largest cruise vessels”. He added “We are lucky to have minimum water depths of 9.6m on our main cruise berth, now with the berth extension we will be able handle ships in excess of 340m LOA, putting us in a very unique group of ports along the English Channel. When we add this to our proximity to the Unesco World Heritage sites of Stonehenge, Bath and the Jurassic Coast, along with easy access to the many attractions of the beautiful English countryside, we feel we will be very well positioned to continue to serve an ever increasing range of cruise line customers”.