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The Welsh Port of Milford Haven located in Pembrokeshire is offering stakeholders the chance to comment on its performance, priorities and future plans. The annual Stakeholder Survey has been launched to gauge how the public view the UK’s largest energy port.

The 2018 results saw 85% of respondents respond positively, which is a 17% increase over two years. Other noteworthy outcomes were a shift in public perception around the strategy to promote renewable energy in Pembrokeshire, with an 8% increase in support up to 83%. The Port’s role in the community was widely supported as 95% of respondents agreed that it should continue its community work and 86% thought it was important to remain as a Trust Port.

Anna Malloy, Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Manager, is encouraging anyone with an interest in the Port’s activities and operations to get involved. “The Milford Haven Waterway is a unique stretch of water that is used by a wide range of commercial and leisure craft, as well as supporting other important industries such as tourism and fishing. We’re keen to hear from as many people who interact with the Waterway and the Port as possible as we really value the feedback and use it to help shape our strategy moving forward”, she said.

The survey can be completed online at this link and should take no more than 10 minutes. Respondents will be asked to leave their contact details if they wish to enter a prize draw to win £100 of vouchers to spend in any Milford Waterfront retailer, restaurant or café.

The survey closes next Friday, 2nd August.

Published in Ports & Shipping

#Ports&Shipping - Winners of the annual scholarship scheme in the Welsh Port of Milford Haven, have completed summer work placements experiencing the organisation’s wide range of activities.

Rhiannon Morgan, Rebecca Foster, Elizabeth Jenkins and Isabelle Hughes were interviewed by a panel of judges who took into account their academic achievements, extra-curricular activities and ambitions for the future. They all received £1,500 plus work experience, undertaking projects related to their subject areas and interests.

Rhiannon from Houghton has just completed a Law degree at Aberystwyth University and was placed within the Estates team; Rebecca from Clunderwen is studying History in Durham and worked with the Tourism department; Elizabeth from Pembroke Dock is at Plymouth University studying Geology and spent time with the Environmental team and Isabelle from Roch who’s an Oxford University student reading Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry was placed within the Quayside Operations department.

The university students presented their projects to senior managers along with the scholarship panel which consisted of the Port’s Chairman Chris Martin; Maxine Thomas, Head of Safeguarding and Learner Services at Pembrokeshire College and Yvonne Evans, Chair of Governors at Milford Haven School.

Chris Martin was impressed with the standard of work produced by the students, commenting “The presentations were very thorough and it was clear that they found the placements to be of great benefit. The content was also really thought-provoking and I look forward to exploring some of the suggestions made with my colleagues.”

The 2018/19 Scholarship Scheme will be launched towards the end of September.

Published in Ports & Shipping

#Ports&Shipping - Residents and businesses in south Wales have expressed increased approval of the Port of Milford Haven’s performance over the last year, in the latest annual survey carried out on behalf of the Pembrokeshire port.

When asked how the Port was performing against their overall expectations, 85% of respondents responded positively, which is a 3% increase from last year and 17% increase over 2 years.

The impact of port operations and their influence on Pembrokeshire appears to be felt deeper into the hinterland than in previous years with nearly a third of respondents motivated to take part coming from inland areas away from the traditional port communities.

Other shifts in public perception include a further swing behind the Port’s strategy to promote renewable energy industry in Pembrokeshire, with an 8% increase in support (to 83%).

The Port magazine Onboard, which goes out to homes and businesses along the Waterway has grown in influence over the three years since its launch. It is now cited as the second most useful form of communication coming from the Port.

A recurring theme, reflecting the economic uncertainty felt in Pembrokeshire at the moment, was a call for the Port to continue to play a leading role in promoting and supporting new business opportunities on the Waterway with 90% in support. (See coverage on Milford Waterfront) Respondents also put forward a broad range of suggestions for how the Port should be investing in a way that attracts new trade and investment and supports communities and local interest groups.

“The responses underline how important it is for us to remain a strong business so that we can fulfil the role of a Trust Port, nurturing economic activity and communities around the Waterway,” said Alec Don, Chief Executive of the Port of Milford Haven. “It’s clear a busy working port is good for the county and good for the nation too,” he added. “We take that responsibility very seriously and need to work with our partners to ensure we remain a principle agent for economic growth and prosperity in Pembrokeshire.”

The full Stakeholder Survey Report can be read on the Port’s website www.mhpa.co.uk/stakeholder-survey

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#Ports&Shipping - An invitation to members of the public and the business community has been made to attend the Port of Milford Haven’s Annual Consultative Meeting later this month.

The event is taking place at the Bridge Innovation Centre in Pembroke Dock on Friday 27th July, starting at 2.30pm. Attendees will receive updates from the Port’s Chairman Chris Martin, Chief Executive Alec Don and leaders of flagship projects Pembroke Dock Marine and the Milford Waterfront Development.

A number of milestones have been reached over the past twelve months including unanimous approval for a revision to Milford Waterfront’s outline planning consent, the launch of Discover Coast and Cleddau boat trips, a new collaboration with The National Museum of the Royal Navy and the acquisition of Havens Head Retail Park in Milford Haven.

Alec Don, Chief Executive at the Port, commented “We’ve had another busy year and made good progress in delivering our diversification strategy to reduce over-reliance on the volatile oil and gas industry. We’re looking forward to sharing our achievements with everyone as well as our vision for the future, whether that be existing customers of the Port or members of the community who have a genuine interest in what happens in and around the Waterway.”

Doors will open at 2pm for a 2.30pm start and light refreshments will be available. Anyone interested in attending and submitting questions prior to the event can email [email protected] or call 01646 696156.

Published in Ports & Shipping

#Ports&Shipping - The Welsh Port of Milford Haven has welcomed Pembrokeshire County Council’s decision to approve a revision to the Milford Waterfront development’s outline planning consent.

The planning committee met yesterday (26th June) to discuss the application and voted unanimously to support the scheme, subject to agreeing a Section 106 Agreement.

The Port received a resolution to grant planning consent in 2015, however since then a number of amendments have been made following further feasibility studies and changes in market conditions. Among the main amendments are the retention of a listed building thanks to changes made to the entrance to the development, improved connectivity with the town and a leisure-led focus as opposed to retail.

During construction, approximately 100 jobs will be created on site with a further 36 in the supply chain, and over 600 job opportunities are set to be created once the development is fully operational.

Neil Jenkins, Development Director at the Port of Milford Haven, said “We’re delighted that the planning committee has granted a resolution for outline consent for the Milford Waterfront development. The estimated 400,000 additional visitors that will be attracted here on completion are expected to generate £9 million of expenditure for Milford Haven alone and it is a significant project for the whole of Pembrokeshire. This support means we can now progress with our plans on a phased basis to create a unique year-round visitor destination with a vibrant trading and living environment.”

For more information about Milford Waterfront please visit www.milfordwaterfront.co.uk

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#Ports&Shipping - The south Wales Port of Milford Haven, Britain’s biggest energy port, has launched a survey to gather views on its roles and operations as a leading regional business.

The poll, which the Port says is critical to understanding issues faced by its many and diverse stakeholders, is a simple online questionnaire that takes no more than ten minutes to complete.

The Port of Milford Haven is a Trust Port with no shareholders, and its profits must be reinvested within the Port to ensure it remains a strong business at the heart of the local economy for future generations. As the Port’s Chief Executive, Alec Don, explained, a clear understanding of all stakeholder views is a key way in which the Port can ensure it remains accountable.

“The broad scale of our operations, from providing safe navigation for all river users, to supporting and developing strong and diverse businesses across our estates, means that what we do touches on the lives and livelihoods of many people and businesses both locally and regionally,” said Alec.

“It is our duty to listen to all views, be they about our own plans as a business or the numerous ways in which what we do impacts on others,” he added. “As importantly, it helps us build and improve relationships with local organisations, businesses and interest groups with a stake in what happens on and around this Waterway.”

A key finding from last year’s survey was that businesses and residents in Pembrokeshire welcomed the Port of Milford Haven’s role as a driver of the local economy. “Nearly all respondents set great store by a busy port’s ability to create opportunity for local business to emerge and grow,” said Alec. “We are working hard on projects such as Pembroke Dock Marine and Milford Waterfront to bring greater opportunities for local business. Engaging widely, during what will be exciting times, is very important for us.”

A link to the survey can be found at www.mhpa.co.uk

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#CoastalNotes - The Welsh Port of Milford Haven and The National Museum of the Royal Navy have joined forces to promote and celebrate the Milford Haven Waterway’s rich naval and maritime heritage.

Together the two organisations hope to raise awareness and foster a greater appreciation of the important role the Milford Haven Waterway has played over the centuries. Recently they celebrated their new relationship together with a selection of key local interest groups and dignitaries who all have a common interest in raising the profile of the area’s naval and maritime background.

“This exciting new collaboration with such a prestigious organisation will strengthen our promotion of the fantastic heritage attractions we have along the Milford Haven Waterway”, said Clare Stowell, Property & Tourism Director at the Port of Milford Haven. Milford Haven Museum, The Sunderland Trust and West Wales Maritime Heritage Society are just a few examples of the fascinating places where people can learn about maritime heritage on the Haven and we hope that more visitors and locals will take the opportunity to visit them. Look out for special events at these locations throughout the year.”

Tim Ash, Director of Partnerships at The National Museum of the Royal Navy, said that “The Waterway’s history is a very significant chapter in our naval and maritime heritage. The national museum is very pleased to be working with colleagues, to link that heritage with our work elsewhere and to advise on new stories and activities that might be created”.

Published in Coastal Notes

#CruiseLiners - A cruiseship that is due to Dublin Port tomorrow is at the time of writing entering the deepwater south Wales port of Milford Haven this afternoon. 

The German cruiseship Albatros will become the first caller in Milford Haven this year. The port is expecting a busy cruise season with a further two callers scheduled this month bringing over 1,000 passengers to the area, and an additional six calls planned between July and September.

Albatros is notable for the bright turquoise funnel rising above the white ship. The cruiseship embarked passengers in Bremerhaven, Germany for a cruise around Britain and arrives at Milford Haven this morning and is to anchore at Milford Shelf (just outside Milford Marina) until 8pm.

The next port of call as alluded is Dublin Port. Afloat adds that the elegant first-generation cruiseship operated by Pheonix Reisen has been allocated a berth at Ocean Pier. The 28,000 gross tonnage cruiseship has called to the capital before and other Irish Sea ports having entered service in 1973. 

Returning to the team at Milford Waterfront, including port staff, local businesses and entertainers will be on the quayside to extend a warm Welsh welcome as visitors come ashore.

On Sunday, ‘Silver Cloud’ will call at Pembroke Port (the ferryport is also located in the Haven). Shortly after that, on 20th May, ‘MV Seabourn Quest’ will call into Milford Haven. This is a luxury cruiseship offering award-winning dining experiences and high end décor. The call willl be part of a 15-day tour of the British Isles and Iceland.

For passengers choosing to stay in Milford Haven, there is an expanding range of things to do. From a visit to Milford Museum, a bite to eat at one of many cafes and restaurents in Milford Waterfront (see related development story) or a spot of retail therapy along the promenade and in the town centre.

Published in Cruise Liners

#Ports&Shipping - The south Wales Port of Milford Haven (related story) has submitted a revised master plan to Pembrokeshire County Council for its multi-million pound Milford Waterfront development.

The Port received a resolution to grant planning consent in 2015 and since then work has been ongoing to finalise the details for the five phases of development. A significant milestone has been achieved with regards to the location of the new access following approval from Welsh Government, enabling the listed building currently occupied by a vets practice to be retained.

The previous plans were centred largely around a retail development but as a result of market changes the development will now be leisure-led and the food retail store has been replaced with a large indoor leisure facility, offering an interactive digitally-led experience for all ages which will be open all year round.

A second upmarket hotel has been added in line with the desire to create a leisure and tourist destination and a high quality restaurant on stilts is envisaged for the north end of the marina, which can be accessed from the marina or from the quayside. The dry dock will no longer be in-filled, but instead used for private berthing alongside new residential accommodation overlooking the marina and Haven.

Opposite the entrance to Milford Waterfront the Quay Stores building will be redeveloped, bringing a listed building back into use. The link between the town’s train station and Havens Head Retail Park will also be landscaped to create a welcoming experience for visiting rail passengers and safe access to the marina.

Neil Jenkins, Development Director at the Port of Milford Haven, said “We have worked hard on fine-tuning the plans over the past couple of years to ensure they are in line with market trends and are confident that we’re now in a position to deliver a fantastic development in a unique waterfront setting which will provide huge economic benefits to the Pembrokeshire and Welsh economies.”

He added “Work has already started on site for a new Costa Coffee Drive-Thru at Milford Waterfront, a new visitor centre has been opened within the museum and later this year we’ll be launching a new holiday let overlooking the Haven as well as four Floatel Cabins in the marina with terraces overlooking the water. It’s an exciting time for the area and we look forward to receiving feedback from the local authority.”

The Milford Waterfront development is set to create over 700 jobs during the construction and operational phases and result in an additional £9 million in visitor spend.

The planning application can be viewed on Pembrokeshire County Council’s website at www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk

For more details about Milford Waterfront visit www.milfordwaterfront.co.uk

Published in Ports & Shipping

#Ports&Shipping - The Port of Milford Haven in south Wales has published its 2017 Annual Report and Accounts.

The report highlights how strategic long term investments have supported the growth of alternate business streams. It also demonstrates the role of diversification in stabilising financial performance during a period of extreme volatility in a core operation.

The Port recorded a profit before tax of £2.6m and a turnover of £22.4m. Cargo throughput was slightly lower than the previous year at 32.1m tonnes. The £3m fall in profit was due mostly to the ongoing volatility in the Liquefied Natural Gas industry which saw record low shipments in 2017, and in part to an additional £1m pension service charge due to changes in long term interest rates.

These numbers mask positive progress elsewhere in the business. A major investment was completed last year which saw the acquisition of Havens Head Retail Park. The retail park will complement the Port’s extensive property portfolio and become a key part of the Milford Waterfront development.

At Milford Waterfront, the Port is creating a desirable place to live, work and play. It will bring together innovative leisure experiences, smart living and vibrant retail spaces to create close to 600 new jobs in Milford Haven. The first construction element is now underway.

Energy remains the Port’s core business stream. The Port has been a key force in developing doorstep opportunities for the marine renewables sector and progress achieved by device developers over the last year has been welcomed. The collaboration between the Port, developers and Pembrokeshire’s high-skill supply chain will continue to drive the industry towards commercialisation. The Port is working with project partners on delivering the Swansea Bay City Region Deal project, Pembroke Dock Marine. This saw the Port invest £650,000 in the early stage design and consenting process for the proposed changes to its port infrastructure. The value of the eventual infrastructure changes is not restricted to the marine renewables sector with clear value to other marine industries.

Trading performance at the deep water cargo handling site, Pembroke Port, saw growth during 2017. With activities such as heavy lift, animal feed and aggregates all contributing to this strong performance.

Activities across the Port during 2017 have aligned with its vision to Build the Haven’s Prosperity. Prosperity is greater than just increased financial wealth - it is about developing opportunities for employment, upskilling, and enhancing personal wellbeing. With extreme volatility in the energy markets, the Port’s diversification strategy has become a central component in delivering this long term vision.

The Port will continue to move forward with steady confidence and face challenges head-on but, with both Pembroke Dock Marine and Milford Waterfront now emerging as plans in delivery mode, the Port is focused on creating a new economic reality for the region.

The 2017 Annual Report and Financial Statements can be viewed online at www.mhpa.co.uk/annual-report

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