Portland, the venue for this year’s Olympic and Paralympics sailing races, is taking shape as the superyacht hotspot this summer with multiple deep water berths and anchorages still available.
Portland Port, situated at the end of a peninsula off the Dorset coast, can also offer helicopter landing facilities adjacent to berths. “The benefit for owners and their guest’s means they can leave their yacht at Portland Harbour and take a helicopter transfer directly into the heart of London” commented Amanda-Jane Milner, Commercial Sales Manager at Portland. “However it must be stressed that there will be a no fly zone in place during the Olympic period, so we advise early planning so alternative arrangements can be made” added Amanda.
Even beyond the Olympics, Portland Harbour is fast becoming recognised as one of the best and key deep water anchorage and berthing harbours on the South coast for loading and discharging of yachts. The port also offers a first class service for secure bonded stores, 24hr security and CCTV, bunkering, skilled marine engineers, coded aluminium and steel welders, electricians and machinists, joiners and carpenters, fibreglass and hydraulic repairs, high pressure washing and diving specialists, shoreside power and fresh water. Not forgetting the instant access to open water with minimal deviation from the English Channel shipping lanes. This makes it an ideal option for shipyards who wish to undertake sea trials.
A point proven when only a couple of weeks ago Portland welcomed the stunning Lurssen 87 metre superyacht Ace.
“The owners, representatives and The Captain of ACE were looking for a discreet, secure port for provisioning, final preparations and hand over to the new owner before her onward journey. We provided all the facilities needed and ACE left on time with everything in place” added Amanda.
Previously a naval dockyard for over 150 years, Portland Harbour is now a thriving and successful commercial facility. It still maintains a close relationship with the past through its ongoing contract to support the RFA, as well as being home to the activities of Global Marine and Portland Bunkers International. It has over 4,000 acres of water at depths of up to 15m (C.D.); and provides vessel services from long term lay-ups to brief maintenance calls, luxury cruise liner docking facilities to industrial cargo shipments.
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