SHOREHAM Port’s Outer Layby Terminal is back in full operation after a series of repair works.
Extensive work has been carried on the quay edge, where considerable damage had occurred over time.
There was also an intensive dredging programme to return the sea bed level to a depth where vessels can access it safely.
Recovering the berth has enabled Shoreham Port to accommodate and discharge two vessels on the terminal at one time, instead of one.
Julian Seaman, harbour master and director of marine operations, said: “We have been eager to get the Outer Layby Terminal back in action and it was great last month to finally see two vessels being successfully discharged from each beth.
“Having the Outer Layby fully operational will enable us to increase our annual tonnage volumes, contributing to the long-term commercial success of the port.”
With the terminal now fully operational, the port will be able to use the extra space available in Shed 10 more efficiently, due to the shorter distance for cargo to travel from the ships.
The authority’s focus is on utilising as much of the space available on the port as possible for commercial use, given the amount of new enquires being received.
The team are also currently working on expanding the width of the Power Station Quay, to accommodate a larger amount of cargo and open up the area for further storage.
The Outer Layby is predominately used for the discharge and loading of timber and with the second berth now available, the operations division said it is looking forward to welcoming further vessels to the terminal.