A brief history of the Port

In 2023, the Port of Milford Haven celebrates 65 years of operations. Key timeline events include:

2022 - Milford Waterfront's Tŷ Hotel opens

2021 - Work commences on the development of Pembroke Port as part of Pembroke Dock Marine; Milford Haven Energy Kingdom delivers two hydrogen initiatives

2020 - Pembroke Dock Marine gains £60m Swansea Bay City Deal approval

2018 - New Floatel Cabins arrive at Milford Marina

2017 - Havens Head Retail Park acquired

2016 - Marine simulator suite opened

2015 - New lock gates installed

2014 - Liddeston Ridge solar array is completed

2012 - RWE Pembroke Power Station begins generating

2009 - 'Tembek' is the first Liquefied Natural Gas carrier to enter the Port


2008 - Pembroke Port Gate 4 was acquired


2004 - A candidate site since 1997, the Milford Haven Waterway becomes an official Special Area of Conservation (Pembrokeshire Marine SAC)


1998 - Pembroke Port Gate 1 was acquired and expands cargo handling capacity


1996 - Oil tanker 'Sea Empress' runs aground at the entrance to the Haven. This tragedy was a watershed moment for the shipping and port industries resulting in UK-wide changes to port operations and an international impact on the way these vessels are designed


1992 - Irish Ferries starts running the Pembroke to Rosslare service


1991 - Milford Marina opens


1979 - The B&I Line's MV Connacht arrived at the Port's new £8m terminal on her inaugural sail from Cork on 23rd May


1977 - Land acquired for Pembroke Dock Ferry Terminal


1974 - 59m tonnes of cargo passes through the Port making it Britain's largest port in terms of tonnage


1973 - Amoco Refinery comes on-stream


1969 - The Port receives the Esso Scotia, the first 250,000-ton vessel ever to call at a British port


1968 - Gulf Refinery comes on-stream


1965 - First 100,000-ton vessel, the British Admiral, arrives at the Port on her maiden voyage


1964 - Texaco (Pembroke) Refinery comes on-stream


1962 - Annual tonnage entering Milford Haven passes 10m


1960 - Esso Refinery was opened by HRH Duke of Edinburgh


1958 - Milford Haven Conservancy Board was created by an Act of Parliament on the 30th April

Even before the Conservancy Board was created, the Milford Haven Waterway had a long association with the provision of port services and was well known for its fishing and military histories.

Milford Fish Docks is the largest fishing docks in Wales.

It celebrated its 130th anniversary in 2018.


Read the history of Milford Fish Docks
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Looking even further back, Milford Waterfront commemorates wider Waterway events and milestones.

This includes Viking invasions, Tudor monarchs and floating planes.


Read about the history of Milford Haven
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