Haven Gateway Partnership:
a strong lobbying role on behalf of
the Haven Ports
raising the profile of the Haven Gateway
campaigning for improvements to the
set up the Maritime and Logistics Skills
Centre, an ambitious training initiative
to promote career opportunities in
the ports, shipping and logistic sector
and focus on training issues to ensure
the right mix of skills and knowledge
are available for this growing sector
working to attract more cruise business
and supports businesses looking to
relocate to the area
Harwich International Port works in
close co-operation with Harwich Haven Authority to ensure
Port users have world class marine facilities and accurate
information on services available within the Harwich Haven.
Harwich Haven Authority (HHA) was established by Act of Parliament
in 1863 to safeguard the best natural haven on the east coast
Its jurisdiction covers the River Stour, the lower part of
the River Orwell, Harwich Harbour and an area to seaward
extending 12 nautical miles from the harbour entrance and
covering 150 square miles.
As the conservancy and pilotage authority, HHA provides services
for shipping using the commercial ports of Felixstowe, Ipswich,
Harwich International, Harwich Navyard and Mistley and also
boarding and landing services for the rivers Thames, Medway,
Blackwater, Colne and Crouch.
In addition to providing vessel traffic services (VTS) for
its own area of responsibility, HHA is the appointed VTS
authority for the Sunk VTS, acting on behalf of the Maritime & Coastguard
Further information about the HHA can be found on their website
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.
than 15,000 people are directly employed in the sub-region’s
ports, shipping and logistics sector, and if those indirectly
working for the industry are included, the total is estimated
to be 25,000.
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 Centre; attracting more cruise business
to the region; and gaining infrastructure improvements,
in both road and rail.
are working to advise and support businesses looking to
relocate to the area, make available development land for
logistics-related activities and create a year-round ferry
service linking Harwich, Shotley and Felixstowe.
the Haven Gateway Partnership has confirmed its commitment
to increasing cruise tourism to the sub-region by recruiting
a cruise co-ordinator to promote local destinations.
Gateway Partnership has become an important lobbying force
in the UK and Europe and has a crucial role to play in
supporting the substantial growth expected in the port-related
sector, a vital part of the Haven Gateway’s economy.