Associated British Ports (ABP) has received consent from the Marine Management Organisation for the construction of a new quay wall at Berths 201 and 202 in the Port of Southampton.
Upon completion of the new 500m quay the port will be capable of handling the largest container vessels afloat today.
Port director Doug Morrison welcomed the consent. He said: “This allows us to press forward with important works at Berths 201/2. With the size of container vessels continuing to increase, the container terminal can no longer accommodate four of the largest container ships simultaneously – this development will rectify that situation.”
The main works, which will involve an investment of approximately £80M, will commence on site in September 2012 with completion anticipated by the end of 2013.
The consent was received at the same time as Network Rail completed extensive works to upgrade the rail capacity for containers moving between the port and the West Coast Mainline.
ABP submitted its detailed application for the redevelopment of Berths 201/2 in December 2008.
DP World Southampton, a joint venture between Associated British Ports and DP World, operates the existing container terminal at Berths 203 to 207 and has added six new cranes to the facility over the past three years.