A £323,000 scheme to dramatically improve the Outer Eastern Marina pontoons at Ramsgate Harbour has been completed.
The council-led project, match funded by the European Fisheries Fund, was developed to improve the facilities provided for the fishing industry based within the Harbour and has helped to provide additional capacity.
More than 400 metres of new non-slip, modular walkway pontoons have been installed and the latest technology high efficiency, low maintenance LED lighting has been added.
Power and water supplies for commercial vessels have been upgraded and the scheme also added safety features like non-slip, high strength decking and safety ladders to assist with rescue operations.
The new pontoons were built using materials expected to last between 25-30 years and will also provide access to the Southern breakwater where the wind farm crew vessels are moored.
Cabinet Member for Operational Services, Cllr Mike Harrison, said: “Business at the Harbour is booming. Ramsgate has one of the largest commercial fishing fleets in the South East and we’re seeing an increase in the number of leisure vessels using our Marina. This scheme was all about upgrading and improving what we offer to our customers, and the feedback has been excellent. Improvements are also allowing us to facilitate further offshore development which is hoped will help to realise far wider economic benefits to Ramsgate.”
As part of the scheme the Eastern Outer Marina was also dredged to ensure sufficient water depths are maintained for commercial vessels at all states of the tide.