Multi-Million Pound Cruise Berth to Be Built in Holyhead

By ,   December 24, 2017 ,   Cruise Industry

A multi-million pound cruise berth could be constructed in Holyhead by 2020 as liner calls continue to surge.

Holyhead is due to welcome 34% more cruise passengers in 2018 than this year, bringing the total to 36,000 onboard 43 ships.

These will include cruisers like the 2,500-passenger Brilliance of the Seas, helping to pump extra money into tourism economy across north west Wales.

However, the port is still restricted by the berthing facilities, using Orthios jetty or anchorage and tender boats to bring cruise passengers to and from shore.

A multi-use berth development is once again under consideration on Salt Island that could accommodate the world's largest cruise ships in Holyhead port.

It could be also used for various other purposes in order to increase capacity at the port.

Holyhead (Isle of Anglesey, Wales)

According to Suzanne Thomas, head of Cruise Wales, a new multi-use berth development was being considered. It would be 340 m long and able to accommodate ships up to 365 m in length.

She added that Royal Caribbean was advising them on the build, channels and all technical aspects with regard to Oasis class cruise ships. Thomas said she hoped it would be ready for 2020 and all stakeholders, including Stena Line (ferry company), were still discussing the investment.

Capt. Wyn Parry, Irish Sea South Ports Manager of Stena Line, said that Stena Line were working with the Government of Wales on the potential development.