Shoreham Port receives dry dock conversion grant

Shoreham Port is expected to receive a £20m stake to convert its historic dry dock into a modern facility for local and visiting fleets.

The £500,000 funding will be used to bring the aging dock back to life by improving capacity in the port to allow for better maintenance facilities and quayside space.

The project was one of several funded by the government to modernize and improve infrastructure across the fish sector.

Tom Willis, Managing Director of Shoreham Port said: “We are delighted that our application to redevelop Shoreham Port’s dry dock has been successful.

“A must-have facility for shipowners, it is one of the few dry docks in southern England and part of our proud history of serving users since the 1930s.

“When working with the fishing community, investing in improving dry docking capability is consistently highlighted as a priority.

“The refurbished dock offers excellent dry maintenance facilities for vessels up to 50m in length, with workshop access and quayside space.”

The project is scheduled to start shortly and be completed in early summer next year.

Among the winning projects, set to receive a tranche of the £20m fund, is the expansion of processing facilities for popular fish such as Scottish salmon and Cornish sardines.

Fisheries Secretary Mark Spencer said: “Fishing communities are an important part of Britain’s heritage and make a valuable contribution to our economy, so we support them with funds to encourage growth and opportunity across the industry.

“This funding will ensure seafood companies across the supply chain are well-equipped to keep pace with increasing demand both domestically and internationally, increase production and sustainability, and build a resilient sector for the future.”

The UK has a thriving fisheries sector with exports of salmon, one of the country’s top exports, worth around £600m a year and other rich fish stocks which are sought after on the continent for their quality.

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