Harwich Haven Authority announced earlier this month that their license application to carry out major improvement works, which includes increasing the depth of Harwich Harbor and the deep water access channel, has been approved by the Marine Management Organization (MMO).
The decision follows extensive environmental studies and public consultation with stakeholders who have an interest in the Haven.
This nationally significant improvement project, financed privately, will ensure that the Haven ports, particularly the Port of Felixstowe, can operate in the increasingly competitive global container port sector.
The increased depth of the access channel will futureproof access for the growing numbers of super-sized container vessels currently in operation and new vessel builds under construction.
The deepening of the Harbor and approach channel will ensure almost unrestricted access to the Haven ports, which is essential for operators of larger vessels.
The improvements will also secure future trade for the local, regional and national economies and ensure the Haven maintains its role as the UK’s premier container hub.
The project will start in 2021, following a tendering process to appoint a contractor to carry out the improvement works.