A £4.5 million investment into Lowestoft’s Town Quay is reaping benefits as larger vessels servicing the offshore wind sector are now able to make use of the reconstructed facility, according to Associated British Ports (ABP).
Town Quay at the Port of Lowestoft was reconstructed last year by ABP, making it stronger, deeper and suitable to support the offshore wind and renewable energy industry.
This includes allowing larger vessels to pass through the Bascule Bridge and take advantage of the deep water berth.
The port recently welcomed Wilchief 1, an offshore support vessel which arrived at Lowestoft for a diving inspection.
ABP Short Sea Ports Director, Andrew Harston, said: “The successful arrival of the Wilchief 1 at the Port of Lowestoft clearly demonstrates the skill of our marine team in handling large vessels through the Bascule Bridge and, more importantly, handling such modern offshore support vessels which are ideally suited to Town Quay and is why ABP invested in its reconstruction.”
The 78m long vessel, with a draught of 5.2m, was safely navigated by ABP’s marine team through Town Quay and into the port where divers carried out their operations.