Lock gates undergo commissioning


The 90 tonne lock gates that were installed in DecemberThe £6m project to install a massive set of lock gates in Milford Haven, transforming the way that leisure boaters access and exit Milford Marina, is nearing completion. Since taking delivery of the 90 tonne gates in December, Port of Milford Haven engineers have been working with gate manufacturers, Ravestein, on a commissioning phase which involves further survey work to check the interface between the civil engineering works and the gates.

Tim Bownes, Engineering Director at the Port of Milford Haven, said:
“From an engineering point of view this has been a technically challenging but exciting project, since the introduction of a completely new set of lock gates is a rare occurrence in British docks. During commissioning and final surveys we have identified that the manufacturers need to make some small adjustments in order to ensure that the gates are a tight fit. However, this should only take a short period of time and we remain on track to be fully operational before the busy season. We want to say a huge thank you to all the dock and marina users and local residents who continue to patiently wait for works to be completed.”

The new gates will make Milford Marina one of the most accessible locked marinas anywhere in Britain and forms part of a wider investment programme planned for Milford Dock. It is evidence of the Port’s commitment to build Milford Haven’s reputation as a unique waterfront destination, boosting leisure and tourism business in the town. 

The project to build new gates in the lock is part of Visit Wales' Coastal Tourism Project, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, to encourage tourism along the Welsh coastline.


>Photo caption: The 90 tonne lock gates that were installed in December

Notes to Editors:
Port of Milford Haven

The Port of Milford Haven is responsible for the biggest port in Wales, and is the third largest port in the UK.  Each year it handles around 29% of Britain’s seaborne trade in oil and gas and is widely recognised in the industry as the energy capital of the UK.

The Port, along with the cluster of energy-related businesses along the Waterway, is a key driver of economic activity in Pembrokeshire, attracting inward investment and supporting over 4,000 thousand jobs.

The Port of Milford Haven also owns and operates Pembroke Port and Milford Dock.  Activities such as cargo handling, ferry operations, fish landing and cruise calls as well as a first class marina are spread across these two sites. 

One of the most prominent on the West Coast, the Port is in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the only Coastal National Park in Great Britain. It is marked as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and has many areas designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The Port of Milford Haven is a trust port – an independent, commercially run organisation that has statutory responsibilities governed by its Acts, to maintain and improve navigation and the provision of Port and Harbour services and facilities.  Additionally, the Port provides significant financial and in-kind support to a wide variety of local causes.  All profits are retained within the business to fund these objectives. 

For further information, visit or contact:

Anna Malloy
Port of Milford Haven
01646 696100

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