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Plans for a major expansion of Southampton Port are being drawn up more than a decade after proposals were rejected on environmental grounds.

Associated British Ports (ABP) is conducting feasibility studies for new port facilities on land it owns at Dibden Bay, opposite the current Port of Southampton.

In 2004 the Labour Government rejected ABP’s plans for a 300 hectare container port and intermodal complex on the land, citing environmental concerns. Read more >

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The world’s largest cruise ship has arrived at Southampton ahead of its maiden voyage.

The 1,188ft long Harmony of the Seas cost one billion US dollars (£695 million), can carry 6,780 guests and 2,100 crew, and took more than two-and-a-half years to construct.

The Royal Caribbean ship, which has 20 restaurants on board, will set sail for its first trip, a four-night cruise from Southampton to Rotterdam, on Sunday May 22.

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AIDAprima, AIDA Cruises’ new flagship will make her inaugural visit to the port of Southampton, UK on 27 April.

Initially calling as part of a four-day cruise the AIDAprima will return to Southampton every Monday from 3 May as part of her seven-day Western Europe tours from the port of Hamburg. These all year round voyages will take guests to destinations such as London, Southampton, Paris, Brussels, Zeebrugge and Rotterdam.

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Associated British Ports’ Port of Southampton has been named the UK’s Best Departure Port for the seventh year running.

Southampton won the coveted title in the 2015 Cruise Critic UK Editors’ Picks Award.

Southampton, the undisputed king of departure ports in the UK, is not only the UK’s leading cruise port but Europe’s number one turnaround cruise port as well. The news follows ABP Southampton being named the UK’s fourth busiest port according to new statistics released by the Department of Transport.

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