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.

Contract awarded for Lerwick's new white fish market

Latest phase in development of fishing industry hub 

Construction of Lerwick Harbour’s replacement white fish market is scheduled to begin this month (May 2018) in a project more than doubling landings’ capacity at the Shetland port.

Following competitive tendering, Tulloch Developments Ltd has been appointed main contractor by Lerwick Port Authority, with completion in early-2020. Design has been undertaken by Arch Henderson which will also manage the build project. 

Offshore wind turbine project utilities Port Of Tyne

The deep-water heavy lift vessel Aegir is set to undertake a number of highly complex heavy lifting operations at the Port of Tyne’s Northumbrian Quay in North Shields.

The 4,000 ton heavy lift capacity vessel operated by Netherlands based Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) will be in the river for around two weeks during which time a number of wind turbine jackets will be transported down river from Smulders Projects UK, based in Wallsend.

Statement from Warrenpoint Port CEO Clare Guinness, following visit of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

Clare Guinness, CEO, Warrenpoint Port, said:

“Today’s visit by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar provided a welcome opportunity to meet with the leader of our closest trading partner who is one of the leading figures in the Brexit negotiations.

“Situated almost directly on the border between the UK and the Republic of Ireland, Warrenpoint Port last year handled 3.56 million tonnes of cargo worth £6.2 billion, around 40 percent of which either originated from or was destined for the Republic of Ireland.

Positive Financial figures boost for Port Of Blyth

Port of Blyth has released performance figures that confirm another year of success and growth, including encouraging financial results that are among the best in the Northumberland port’s 135 year history.

The port has recorded a turnover of £20.6m alongside an adjusted operating profit of £1.32m, while in anticipation of growth over the next five years, total investment in 2017 climbed to more than £4m.

Happy landings for white fish industry at Lerwick

Early start to cruise season adds to first quarter traffic 

Lerwick's status as a leading port for the UK white fish industry is underlined by statistics in the latest quarterly report on activity at the Shetland harbour.

Figures released by Lerwick Port Authority for the three months to March this year show white fish landed up 7.8% at 2,600 tonnes, valued at £4.8 million, an increase of 13%, compared with the same period in 2017, with the average price up 4.1% to £1,833 per tonne.

Shoreham Port welcomes brave brighton marathon runners

Every year Shoreham Port looks forward to providing part of the route of the Brighton Marathon and carries out substantial preparations to ensure the Port is clean, tidy and safe for the many thousands of runners taking part.


This year was no different and the team were out inforce during the days running up to the marathon preparing the course. With almost 18,000 runners taking part the team were looking forward to another exciting event.