8 November 2018
Cruise terminal upgrade begins at Port of Southampton
L-R Sean Cooper Project Engineer ABP, Jim Armour Contracts Manager GRAHAM, Paul Scott Contracts Director GRAHAM, Alastair Welch ABP Director, Steven Young Vice President Port and Shore Operations P&O Cruises and Cunard, Josh Weinstein Carnival UK President, Mark Thompson Head of Asset Management ABP and Rebekah Keeler Commercial Manager ABP.
Construction work has begun to upgrade Ocean Cruise Terminal at the Port of Southampton, to support continued growth in the cruise sector.
Representatives from ABP, Carnival UK and contractors, GRAHAM, came together to mark the start of main construction work for this major investment at Ocean Terminal.
This £12 million project, in partnership with P&O Cruises, will take just over a year to complete and includes a package of improvements to the terminal ahead of welcoming the next generation of P&O Cruises ships, in particular Iona, which will home-port in Southampton following the launch in May 2020.
ABP Southampton Director, Alastair Welch, said: “Cruise is a strong and growing industry. The ships that call in Southampton are increasing in size and we are investing significantly to accommodate future growth in the industry and to maintain our position as Northern Europe’s leading cruise port.
“We are pleased to be breaking-ground on this important project with P&O Cruises.”
Carnival UK president Josh Weinstein said: “Today was an important step in preparing the Ocean Terminal for significant upgrades which will give our guests across all our brands as well as the smoothest, most efficient embarkation experience and the very best start to their holiday.”
The Port of Southampton currently welcomes over 2 million passengers each year on more than 500 cruise calls and each visit to the port generates more than £2 million for the local economy.
About ABP Southampton
• UK’s number one port for exports handling £40 billion of UK exports every year
• Contributes £2.5 billion to the UK economy every year
• Supports 45,600 jobs nationally
• UK’s number one cruise port welcoming 2 million passengers each year
• Handles on average 14 million tonnes of commodities each year