Some of the largest ships in the world will soon be able to visit Southampton after plans to expand its shipping lane were approved. Charlotte Wilkins reports.
An application to to improve access to the Port of Southampton for bigger ships by dredging in Southampton Water and the Solent has been approved. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) siad it gave the project the go-ahead after conducting a full environmental impact assessment.
The works mean the commercial shipping channel will be deepened from its current minimum depth of 12.6m in various parts. The shipping channel will also be widened to 100m in some areas so vessels can pass one another as they enter or leave the port.
Port managers said the works would safeguard jobs and make sure that the Port of Southampton remained a 'competitive and viable deep-sea port into the future.'
The Business Secretary Vince Cable is in Hampshire today visiting the Port of Southampton and unveiling a plaque at the site's fourth multi-deck car terminal.