With excellent transport links to the M6, the port at Heysham, run as part of the Peel Ports group, is placed in an ideal location to offer fast, efficient access to the Irish Sea. The longstanding manmade port is perfectly placed as a distribution hub to serve the Isle of Man, Ireland and mainland UK.
Close to industrial areas, the port also provides a convenient place to connect with nearby offshore wind, gas and nuclear energy industries. Part of the Irish Sea RoRo hub, the facilities are substantial enough to cater for numerous daily sailings with freight services such as Seatruck, Stena Line and Isle of Man Steampacket. The flexible offering at Heysham allows for both accompanied and un-accompanied RoRo traffic.
In 1891 the Midland Railway stated its intention to develop a harbour at Heysham and appointed engineers James Abernethy and Son to make proposals about the feasibility of the project. The original concept included an enclosed dock to be accessed via a lock, however this idea didn’t progress any further.
After four years, a much larger plan for Heysham port was put forward by Abernethy in collaboration with the Midland Railway’s chief engineer. This design formed the basis of the harbour which was eventually constructed, although many changes took place as work progressed and the full scheme was never completed as Abernath intended. The contract for construction of the harbour was finally given in July 1897.
There is still a railway station a Heysham that just serves the port of Heysham. It is the terminus of the Morecambe Branch Line from Lancaster and is situated about four miles south of Morecambe.
Located roughly half way up the west coast of mainland Britain, Peel Ports Heysham is perfectly suited for a wide range of industries. The unique site is at a port centric location, with a secure facility that is only six miles from the M6 motorway, offering an easy way into the UK haulage network.
Both Manchester and Leeds airport are under 70 miles away and Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport is not much further at just 76 miles away.
From marine pilotage and pilot transfer service to hydrographic surveying and navigation assistance there are a range of marine solutions that Peel Ports offer at Heysham in order to keep supply chains flowing smoothly. The experienced marine team can also assist with mooring services for vessels of all sizes.
In 2019, a new ramp and bridge was opened, which provides greater flexibility to port users and helps improve schedule reliability in order to cope with significant increases in traffic volume.
Seatruck, the Irish Sea Freight Ferry Service has invested in a purpose-built fleet for Heysham. With the link road and increase in port investment the company has recognised the future opportunity of Heysham Port, which also gives great news for the local economy in the Lancaster and Morecambe area.