Record breaking year for passenger numbers at Portland Port

Record breaking year for passenger numbers at Portland Port

Record breaking year for passenger numbers at Portland Port

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IT HAS been a record breaking summer at Portland Port with record numbers of passengers disembarking.

Thousands of passengers have disembarked cruise ships that have been docking in the port and on Wednesday, 2,681 passengers left the AIDAstella cruise liner from Germany, breaking the record numbers for passengers to arrive at the port in one day.

The passengers, who were mostly German, were greeted by Portland Town Crier Stuart Cave, a team of interpreters acting as tour guides and a fleet of shuttle buses to take them to Weymouth and Portland for free.

Ian McQuade, business development manager, said: “This is another impressive milestone for the port.

“It is incredible to see just how far the port has come over the last 5 years.”

Bettina Collins was on the quayside directing the German passengers as they arrived, and she said: “A huge number of people are so relieved to have German speakers there because especially older passengers do not speak English.

“I also think they really like Weymouth, it is just the right size for a stroll, they love the harbour area, the esplanade and the beach.”

Previously a naval dockyard, Portland Harbour is now a thriving commercial facility and extension work to the port’s berthing capabilities is set to be completed by the summer of 2016.

Wednesday’s visit was also the last visit of the AIDAstella to the port this summer. The vessel has transported more than 17,000 passengers in eight visits over two years to the port, and will be returning to Portland in 2015.

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3:54pm Fri 8 Aug 14

satisfecho says...

Great to hear a good news story.

It's great that Portland Port is a growing success.

Long may it continue
Great to hear a good news story. It's great that Portland Port is a growing success. Long may it continue satisfecho
  • Score: 14

5:51pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Zummerzet Lad says...

satisfecho wrote:
Great to hear a good news story.

It's great that Portland Port is a growing success.

Long may it continue
So why not improve on success and have the 'new' Condor Ferry based there
Excuse about traffic hasn't stopped cruise passengers using the roads to Weymouth and beyond.
[quote][p][bold]satisfecho[/bold] wrote: Great to hear a good news story. It's great that Portland Port is a growing success. Long may it continue[/p][/quote]So why not improve on success and have the 'new' Condor Ferry based there Excuse about traffic hasn't stopped cruise passengers using the roads to Weymouth and beyond. Zummerzet Lad
  • Score: -7

6:24pm Fri 8 Aug 14

satisfecho says...

Zummerzet Lad wrote:
satisfecho wrote:
Great to hear a good news story.

It's great that Portland Port is a growing success.

Long may it continue
So why not improve on success and have the 'new' Condor Ferry based there
Excuse about traffic hasn't stopped cruise passengers using the roads to Weymouth and beyond.
Have you put your suggestion forward to Condor & Portland Port?
[quote][p][bold]Zummerzet Lad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]satisfecho[/bold] wrote: Great to hear a good news story. It's great that Portland Port is a growing success. Long may it continue[/p][/quote]So why not improve on success and have the 'new' Condor Ferry based there Excuse about traffic hasn't stopped cruise passengers using the roads to Weymouth and beyond.[/p][/quote]Have you put your suggestion forward to Condor & Portland Port? satisfecho
  • Score: -2

11:08pm Fri 8 Aug 14

JoeyJo says...

Perhaps Portland Port have done some sums and don't want Condor.
Perhaps Portland Port have done some sums and don't want Condor. JoeyJo
  • Score: 10

7:36am Sat 9 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

Condor moving to Portland would need a berth with the necessary reinforcements that are needed for the scour and thrust of a high speed vessels like the present cats and the trimaran, which unless Portland already has, then it would have to be built. The present berth in Weymouth and the one Condor use at Poole are both armoured, so although Portland might be suitable from a point of view that it is a port and near Weymouth, if it doesn't have a suitable berth then it will still cost a lot of money to make it so.

Maybe they would be interested, not for me to say yay or nay. Think the options on Portland were discussed on a previous story's comments.
Condor moving to Portland would need a berth with the necessary reinforcements that are needed for the scour and thrust of a high speed vessels like the present cats and the trimaran, which unless Portland already has, then it would have to be built. The present berth in Weymouth and the one Condor use at Poole are both armoured, so although Portland might be suitable from a point of view that it is a port and near Weymouth, if it doesn't have a suitable berth then it will still cost a lot of money to make it so. Maybe they would be interested, not for me to say yay or nay. Think the options on Portland were discussed on a previous story's comments. FerryFan
  • Score: 6

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