Situated on the Lancashire coast, 38km north of Preston at the mouth of the River Wyre, Fleetwood has established itself as on of the UK's major ports for ro-ro traffic to and from Northern Ireland.Operated by P&O Pandoro Ltd, Fleetwood's 5.6ha ro-ro terminal runs a twice-daily service to Larne. Specially designed vessels of up to 109 trailer capacity carry a variety of wheeled cargoes to Northern Ireland via the terminal's two lane, 180-tonne capacity linkspan which enables vessels to be turned round in under four hours. Pandoro has priority use of this common-user facility.
Also in the harbour, outside the enclosed dock is the Isle of Man Passenger Terminal. The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company operates a summer service on the route between Fleetwood and Douglas.
Fleetwood has been a major fishing port for 90 years. With over 180m of Quay frontage, Fleetwood's newly refurbished fish auction hall handles around 5,000 tonnes of fish every year. Approximately half are direct lndings, with the remainder moved overland from Scottish and other ports for marketing and processing locally. Other facilities include a cold store, modern ice plant and high-capacity ship slipway.
The Fleetwood port estate is currently undergoing major changes following the granting of outline planning prmission for the comprehensive redevelopment by Associated British Ports Holdings PLC of 28ha of land around the Wyre Dock- Fleetwood Harbour Village. To date the scheme features a major retail multiple outlet, adjacent to the 6ha Freeport Fleetwood shopping and leisure complex. Further retail and residential development is scheduled. The Harbour Village will complement the busy 300 berth marina.
LOCATION & COMMUNICATIONS
On the Lancashire coast, on the southern margin of Morecombe Bay, approximately 38km northwest of Preston and 42km southwest of Lancaster.
A modern trunk road links Fleetwood with the M55 and M6 motorways, providing access to the national motorway network.
Enclosed docks (Wyre Dock and Fish Dock): entrance normally available one-and-a-half hours before High Water to one hour after.
Harbour berths: entrance available 24 hours except at Low Water spring tides. Pilots are available on request at 12 hours' notice. Telephone for further information
Facilities for fish-handling, auction and processing complying with the most recent EU hygiene directives are available. A slipway with capacity of 1,050 tonnes is available at the Fish Dock. A full range of bunkering, engineering and victualling services is provided by the port.
Ro-ro berth: twice-daily liner service by modern ro-ro ships to Northern
Isle of Man berth: used by passenger vessels and other ships
Dry dock facilities: one slip-way at Fish Dock - 1,050 tonnes.
Hampson Marine Towage
Tel: (01706)40143/0378 797564
Port Manager: Capt J W Green