Harwich Haven Authority is considering deepening the approach channel to the Haven ports to accommodate larger vessels.
Deepening the approach channel is required to ensure the ports can respond to changes in global shipping patterns whereby fewer, but larger, container vessels access these ports. Larger vessels have a deeper draught, and to safeguard the future of the Haven it is necessary to deepen the harbour and main channel.
Deepening would improve accessibility to the ports by increasing the maximum draft that can be accommodated, increasing the draft that would be unrestricted by the tides and widening the tidal window for all vessels with drafts between the two extremes.
The deepening project will also encourage future private investment in the facilities handling these vessels, ensuring their long term sustainability.
The scoping report for this initiative can be downloaded here.