Port News

The BPA has developed this new Ports News section on our website to list news and media updates from our port members.

Stories from ports around the UK can be found below and we are also keen for members to send their press releases and media announcements to news@britishports.org.uk to be included.


And more to come in 2019. 

Another record-breaking cruise season at Lerwick Harbour closed this week with 91 vessels and an increase of around 78% on 2017 to 90,336 passengers welcomed at the Shetland port since mid-March, taking its involvement to a new high.

The final scheduled ship of 2018, Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Marco Polo, was forced by poor North Sea weather to by-pass the port today (Thursday 11 October) while en route from Torshavn, Faroe, to Kirkwall, Orkney.

Shipping Minister opens Portsmouth's new £9m linkspan

Portsmouth International Port's new £9m linkspan has been officially opened by Shipping Minister Nusrat Ghani MP.

The linkspan, which is best described as a drawbridge to get cars and lorries on and off of ferries, will help the port manage the 900,000 vehicle movements that travel through it each year.

The new piece of infrastructure is the first step in a £20m investment programme to ensure Portsmouth maintains its position as the UK's largest and most successful municipal port, with improvements set for cruise, freight and ferries.

Seeing double at Lerwick on busiest cruise day yet!

Record visits to include largest cruise ship to date 

The population of Lerwick is set to double tomorrow, with the arrival of two cruise ships, including one of the largest in the world and the biggest yet to visit the Shetland port.

With 19 decks and 65 metres high, the 316 metre long, 171,598 gross tonnes MSC Meraviglia will dominate the harbour when she anchors tomorrow (Tuesday 31 July) on a maiden visit and rewrites the port’s record books.


Lerwick Harbour's latest involvement in the offshore industry has been successfully completed with the departure of a turret buoy mooring system for Hurricane Energy's pioneering Lancaster development, west of Shetland.

It was delivered to Lerwick from Dubai on board the Jumbo Kinetic which berthed at Mair’s Pier East in mid-June to lift the system from her deck into the water. The Authority’s vessels, Kebister and Knab then towed the floating buoy to a holding location at Mair’s Pier South. 


In with the new, out with the old...the subsea support vessel, Maersk Inventor, a recent addition to the Maersk Supply Service fleet, paid a maiden call to Lerwick to deliver a recovered wellhead to Greenhead Base for disposal as part of a North Sea decommissioning project.

A leading UK hub for decommissioning, the deep-water port's current workload includes its largest project yet, at Dales Voe Base.