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Portsmouth International Port

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Portsmouth International Port
CountryUnited Kingdom
LocationPortsmouth, Hampshire
Operated byPortsmouth City Council
Owned byPortsmouth City Council

Coordinates: 50°48′43″N 1°05′27″W / 50.8120366°N 1.0907384°W / 50.8120366; -1.0907384

MV Cap Finistere departing Portsmouth bound for Bilbao.
MV Cap Finistere departing Portsmouth bound for Bilbao.
MV Normandie, operated by Brittany Ferries, an English Channel RoRo vehicle and passenger ferry outward bound to France from Portsmouth.
MV Normandie, operated by Brittany Ferries, an English Channel RoRo vehicle and passenger ferry outward bound to France from Portsmouth.

Also known as Portsmouth Port or Portsmouth Continental Ferry Port, Portsmouth International Port is a cruise, ferry and cargo terminal located in the city of Portsmouth on the South Coast of England. It operates departures and arrivals for cruise ships, cargo ships and passenger ferries.


Portsmouth investigated three locations for a ferry port at the end of the 1960s, before the current location was chosen. The choice was based on cost and the likely benefit of cross-channel ferries. The site was at the end of the newly constructed M275. Originally built with two berths the site opened in 1976 with the Earl William (Sealink) running to the Channel Islands, the Viking Victory (Townsend Thoresen) running to Cherbourg, and Brittany Ferries running to Saint-Malo.

Ferry Operators and Destinations

Ferry Operator Destination Average Duration of Crossing Frequency
Brittany Ferries Ouistreham (Caen) 6 Hours Up to three sailings per day
Brittany Ferries Cherbourg-Octeville 3 Hours (fast-ferry); 4 Hours 45 Minutes (cruise ferry) Summer: One fast-ferry sailing per day;

Winter: Irregular cruise ferry sailings

Brittany Ferries Le Havre 3 Hours 45 Minutes (fast-ferry) 6 Hours (Économie ferry) All Year: One or two 'Économie' sailings per day Summer: One fastcraft return sailing per day
Brittany Ferries St Malo 8 Hours 30 Minutes One departure per day
Brittany Ferries Zierbena (Bilbao) 23 Hours / 33 Hours Two return sailings per week
Brittany Ferries Santander 24 Hours Three return sailings per week
Condor Ferries St Helier 10 Hours 30 Minutes Six sailings per week
Condor Ferries St Peter Port 6 Hours 30 Minutes Six sailings per week

Future plans

In early 2019, it was announced that owners Portsmouth City Council had agreed to invest £33.7m to expand the Port. £18.7m would go towards developments within Portsmouth International Port. This would include levelling and extending Berth 2 so it could accommodate ships up to 255m in length, upgrading the passenger terminal to provide dedicated facilities for cruise passengers and replacing the 35 year-old passenger boarding tower. [1] It is predicted that the improvements will lead to an increase in the number of cruise passengers at the Port from 50,000 to 150,000 in the coming years.[2]

The remaining £15m will be invested in improving facilities at Portico (formerly MMD Shipping Services), who operate two commercial quays within the Port. [3]

Isle of Wight Ferries

St Faith departing Portsmouth Harbour.
St Faith departing Portsmouth Harbour.

Ferry services to the Isle of Wight, operated by Wightlink, also depart from Portsmouth from other terminals within the city, away from Portsmouth International Port. The car ferry, which sails to Fishbourne, uses a dedicated terminal based in Old Portsmouth.[4] In addition, a passenger catamaran service sails from Portsmouth Harbour railway station to Ryde Pier.[5]

External links


  1. ^ "Cruise ships using Portsmouth port set to double as business leaders eye income boost". Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Portsmouth expecting passenger figures to triple following port upgrades". Cruise Trade News. 29 July 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  3. ^ "UK shipping company announces rebrand following £15m investment". Portico. 1 March 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Portsmouth to Fishbourne car & passenger ferry". Wightlink Ferries. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Portsmouth to Ryde FastCat". Wightlink Ferries. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
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