Portsmouth opens new £9 million ferry 'drawbridge'

Portsmouth opens new £9 million ferry 'drawbridge'

Portsmouth International Port's new £9m linkspan has been officially opened by Shipping Minister Nusrat Ghani MP.
 
The linkspan, which acts as a drawbridge to get cars and lorries on and off ferries, will help the port manage the 900,000 vehicle movements that travel through it each year.
 
The new infrastructure is part of a £20 million investment programme at the second-largest cross-channel port in the UK.
 
Shipping Minister, Nusrat Ghani, said:  "The new linkspan represents a significant investment in Portsmouth International Port's facilities and can help it build on its current successes. 
 
“As a country 95 per cent of our trade goes through ports so it is vital they have the proper infrastructure to support this. 
 
“I am delighted to have opened the linkspan and had the opportunity to learn more about what Portsmouth offers as a port and its big ambitions for the future."
 
Mike Sellers, director of Portsmouth International Port, said: "It is fantastic that Nusrat Ghani has visited Portsmouth and seen how important the port is. The new linkspan helps ensure the port can continue to operate with such a quick turnaround for passengers and cargo and maintain its position as the most successful municipal port in the country."
 
Brittany Ferries vessels will be the main users of the new linkspan following last year's agreement of a multi-million pound 10-year extension of the company's Portsmouth base.
 
Brittany Ferries CEO, Christophe Mathieu, said: “Portsmouth International Port is Brittany Ferries’ international hub, serving four destinations in France and two in northern Spain, so we welcome the significant investment that has been made in this new linkspan.
 
“It will bolster further the excellent relationship between our two organisations and complement the investment we are making in three new ships, all of which will be based in Portsmouth.”