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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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First phase of Maryport harbour renovation complete

Nearly £500,000 of repairs have been completed at Maryport harbour.

Maryport harbour Pauline Gorley photo
Pauline Gorley

The work, to repair crumbling Senhouse dock walls, has just been finished – marking the first major phase of a £1.2m improvement programme, including a new boathouse for Maryport Inshore Rescue Service, upgrading the Senhouse dock gate electrical system and investigating a possible renewable energy system.

Pauline Gorley, general manager of Maryport Harbour and Marina Limited, said the work was essential to “secure the long-term future and safety of the marina”.

Keith Little, a Maryport harbour board member and cabinet portfolio holder for highways and transport, said it was great to see significant investment in west Cumbria. “The work was long overdue and essential, and is being done in conjunction with a range of other improvements,” he said.

“This investment is an essential step in securing the future of a key asset for the town of Maryport.”

Repair work on the dock walls began in April with Westlakes Engineering supervising the works.

The walls, which posed a risk to pedestrians on the pontoons because of their deterioration, have been reinforced with concrete.

The next step in the programme, funded by a £1.2m grant awarded by Britain’s Energy Coast, will be a £190,000 upgrade of the mechanical and electrical systems that operate the Senhouse dock gate.

Work will begin early next year, and the gates should be fully operational for the new sailing season in April.

Elsewhere, work began in June on the £400,000 construction of the new boathouse for the inshore rescue service. It is due to be completed by February.

The final strand of the programme – which has been funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Sellafield Ltd and Nuclear Management Partners – is a £130,000 renewable energy system for the harbour.

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