The aggregate berth (Berth 4 / 5) at the Port of Ramsgate was decommissioned and removed in November 2020 as it had reached the end of its operational life. Construction work on the new berth started earlier this year, following the completion of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the granting of both planning permission and a Marine Licence.
Construction work has progressed well since it started in June. Major parts of the work such as the dredging, piling and installation of the new berth itself are now complete. One of the two gangway bridge sections has also now been installed which will link the floating berth back to land.
The project had originally been programmed for completion at the end of August but some land-based parts of the project and ancillary work on the floating berth will now continue into September.
A variation to the marine licence required for the construction of the berth has been granted allowing the work on site to continue until the end of September. There will be no adverse impact on the environment as a result of this extension.
When complete, the berth will enable the safe berthing of aggregates vessels and the transfer of aggregates from ship to shore.