As a key member of the Haven Gateway Partnership, Harwich International Port supports a broad range of activities designed to promote the Haven Gateway and secure its future as one of Europe's principal port complexes.
A public/private sector body, the Haven Gateway Partnership aims to raise the area's profile and secure funding for regeneration schemes. Key issues include training, skills and recruitment requirements, which are being addressed by its Maritime and Logistics Skills Center; attracting more cruise business to the region; and gaining infrastructure improvements, in both road and rail.
Recent projects have included increasing cruise tourism to the sub-region by recruiting a cruise co-ordinator to promote local destinations.
In addition, and in conjunction with the Haven Cruise project www.havencruise.com Harwich International Port is working hard to promote our local region to passengers arriving into Harwich. One of the key objectives is to market the East of England as the destination of choice for the discerning traveller.
Harwich Haven Authority (HHA) was established by Act of Parliament in 1863 to safeguard the best natural haven on the east coast of England. As the conservancy and pilotage authority, HHA provides services for shipping using the commercial ports of Felixstowe, Ipswich, Harwich International, Harwich Navyard and Mistley. Its purpose is to conserve, protect, regulate, maintain and improve the Haven and its environment, based on the principles of sustainability for the benefit of all users.
The Stour and Orwell estuaries are designated as a Special Protection Area under the EC Birds Directive and as a Site of Special Scientific Interest under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
An exciting future is planned for Old Harwich, bringing with it opportunities for developers, local businesses and residents. The new Harwich master plan sets out long-term regeneration, involving commercial, residential and leisure developments, which will bring new life to the town while reflecting on its long martime heritage. The proposals will complement plans for a new container port on the adjoining Bathside Bay. The vision is to create in Old Harwich a vibrant and creative new quarter that will become the focus of new employment, housing, tourism, commercial and leisure activities.