MacGregor-Navire Link Span Installed At Port Of Plymouth

—Literature Available The installation of a new MacGregor-Navire (MGN) RO/RO link span delivered recently by the Boelwerf yard in Belgium, has primed the ambitious U.K. port of Plymouth for further growth in commercial and tourist traffic.

Potential is seen particularly for increased trade through established services to Spain and France. Brittany Ferries is a major customer of the U.K.'s most westerly RO/RO port, which is operated by Associated British Ports. The attraction of more cruise shipping is another aim of the new terminal. Associated shoreside support facilities have been expanded substantially to cope with the doubled volume of cars, freight vehicles, and passengers.

This installation of another MGN link span follows a trend established by many port operaters worldwide—most recently at Bombay, India; Dartford, England; Oslo, Norway; and Rotterdam and Zeebrugge, Netherlands—seeking cost-effective, quick solutions for traffic expansion.

The new link span is sited at Plymouth's West Wharf, Outer Basin, in the Millbay Docks, parrallel with an earlier line span. It is designed to receive the stern or bow ramps of freight or passenger ferries with lengths of up to 590 feet.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 118,  Jun 1986

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