PLYMOUTH’S four ports at the Cattewater, Millbay, Sutton Harbour, and Devonport are the city’s maritime presence on the global stage – and one of the UK’s largest and most diverse ports.
Every day in Plymouth Sound you see a mixed range of ships delivering and exporting various cargos from petroleum, wood, stone, cement, fertilisers, clay, salt, fish and much more.
The four ports act independently, but are inter-related and strategically give Plymouth with her new FREEPORT added status, and its leading maritime role for the South West economy.
Devonport’s defence capability is especially significant and can be seen on our LIVE 24-webcam everyday with naval and support vessel movements in the Sound.
The Cattewater Harbour through its partners at the commercial wharves, handles over 2 million tonnes of cargo per year.
The international success of Cattewater Harbour Commissioners exist by an act of Parliament as the navigation and conservancy authority for the Cattewater Harbour, as well as the civil pilotage authority for the Port of Plymouth.
The oil terminal at Cattedown Wharf contributed to 59% of the cargo transported through the Port in 2018/19, with clay and cement at Victoria and Corporation Wharves also largely contributing to the total volume.
Richard Allan, Harbour Master and Chief Executive of Cattewater Harbour Commissioners said to Westward Shipping News on Twitter, that the busy port moved 70,000 tones of shipping by its pilots and marine team today.