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UK Docks expand to Whitehaven

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Whitehaven Marina is pleased to welcome UK Docks Marine Services on-site as a new service provider as the marine engineering firm expand their existing Tyneside, South Shields and Gosport, Hampshire operations.  UK Docks have widened operations to the West Coast in order to service current contracts as well as develop operations within the growing wind farm industry.

UK Docks will be operating from one of three bays in the purpose built, state of the art boat shed completed in 2008.  In addition to the standard expected facilities, the building provides overhead gantries, compressed air and vacuum systems, and under floor heating – one of the best equipped and modern boat sheds in the North West of England.

The Whitehaven Boat Shed

The Whitehaven Boat Shed

Mark Bowden, Operations Director commented, “We are really pleased to be furthering our relationship with UK Docks and expanding the service offer available at Whitehaven.  The investment from UK Docks will not only benefit the commercial operations but also provide new employment opportunities in the region.  This will increase the much needed marine skills on offer in the area as they bring these in from their wider operations in order to train and develop a local work force.”

This new partnership between UK Docks and Whitehaven Marina is an extension of the successful relationship with Marina Projects, the marina’s parent company, as the engineering firm already has an existing operation at the company’s Gosport boatyard, Endeavour Quay.  The Whitehaven Marina team will be responsible for lifting and handling the wide range of vessels the UK Docks contracts require them to service and maintain, just as at Endeavour Quay.

A boat going in to the Whitehaven Boat Shed

Gary Wilson of UK Docks added, “This is an exciting time for UK Docks.  We are proud to be expanding our operations to an additional site.  Our existing relationship with Marina Projects and Endeavour Quay made Whitehaven Marina the obvious choice of location.  We are looking forward to working with the marina team and increasing our work and skill force in the area.”

For further information on UK Docks visit

2014 boating season welcomed with new Marina Office

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Whitehaven Marina is proud to be welcoming its new season berth holders and visitors to our brand new Marina Office.  Completed only last month, the new first floor office provides marina staff with a fantastic view over the marina which in turn further improves customer service and security.

The new look office from the water

Part funded by parent company Marina Projects Ltd, the state of the art building enhancements complete the 2013/14 investment programme which also saw an additional 140 walk ashore berths installed in West Strand Marina.  The new look office now provides a welcoming customer reception area as well as a meeting room and separate office space which both staff and customers will benefit from.  In addition, the temporary office Portakabin has been removed to increase car parking on the Bulwark Quay.

Inside the smart new office

Mark Bowden, Operations Director commented, “We are really very pleased with the new office.  It was originally an attic space that housed the services of the ground floor facilities below but it is now a spacious and airy environment for our staff and customers to enjoy.  By clever design and engineering we were able to lift one side of the roof by 20 degrees allowing full length windows to be installed so the duty team can look across Lowther Marina and to the Sea Lock.  Previously a rather ordinary and functional looking, single floor building, it now really adds to the overall exciting and modern look of the Whitehaven waterfront – especially the glass atrium which houses the stairs and lift to the first floor.”

The significant investment by Marina Projects Ltd not only highlights the commitment to Whitehaven Marina but also the recognition of the importance of continuing to attract visitors to the harbour and so to the town of Whitehaven.  The marina is always looking at ways to improve the overall service to customers and the new office space not only enables better security and safety but also a lovely environment for those visiting.

This season Whitehaven town plays host to a variety of events including the Tall Ships Festival, 20th – 22nd June; and Whitehaven Live, 5th July.

New Beacon Launch This Friday

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

The all new Beacon Museum will officially re-open this Friday at 1pm… and the first 70 people through the door will also get free admission to a lecture by Professor Brian Cox.

For more information on the new museum visit the website or the Beacon’s Facebook page

Why not take a trip this half term and see the new Sellafield Story and much more – Whitehaven Marina Club Card Holders get a discount too!


The Beacon before its new look

Office Administrator Vacancy

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Whitehaven Marina Ltd is seeking to recruit an Office Administrator to work within our new Harbourside offices for a period of up to a year to cover maternity leave.  Further details of the company can be found on our website

Key duties will include:

  • Providing the initial point of contact for reception and telephone calls
  • Provide assistance to the Marina Manager to represent the best interests of the Marina
  • Accurately record and invoice the annual, seasonal and visitor berthing
  • Accurately record customer and vessel information
  • Debt collection in line with company procedures
  • Actively sell and promote the Marina and its services and facilities
  • Some retail sales including electricity, water and gas

Skills, Capabilities and Key Attributes

  • Previous office administration/secretarial experience
  • Excellent IT skills with experience in software packages such as MS Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Accounts experience preferable but not essential

You must also be organised with a keen eye for detail, work well on your own initiative and as part of our team of professionals in this varied, interesting and rewarding role.

The hours of work will be 9.00am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday, but some weekend work will be required during busy periods.

If you are interested in this position please apply in writing with your CV, covering letter and salary expectations to:

Simone Morgan, Marina Manager, Whitehaven Marina Ltd, Marina Office, Bulwark Quay, Whitehaven, CA28 7HS

Whitehaven Marina at Seawork

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Whitehaven Marina is proud to announce its participation at Seawork International 2014 from 10th to 12th June at ABP Port of Southampton alongside Marina Projects and Endeavour Quay on stand SB13.  The commercial marine exhibition provides the perfect opportunity to showcase the wide range of services and facilities ideally suited for the commercial market that are provided by the operational businesses and backed by the marine leisure specialism provided by Marina Projects Ltd.

Whitehaven Marina, located on the North West coast of England, is ideally situated and equipped for both commercial and wind farm service vessels long and short term.  Unrivalled protection for vessels working around the North West Coast of England, this “safe haven” is perfect for vessels servicing wind farms in the Solway Firth and further afield.  Accessible four hours either side of high water, the inner harbour is protected by a modern, 30 x 13 metre sector lock, manned 24 hours a day.  Whitehaven is also within easy reach of the Port of Workington and Barrow-in-Furness.

Mark Bowden, Marina Projects’ Operations Director commented, “We are pleased to have the opportunity to exhibit at Seawork this year.  We value our commercial clients at each of the businesses within the group and this provides the prime opportunity to showcase what we can offer to the wider market.”

Members of the Marina Projects’ team will be on hand to meet with interested parties and discuss opportunities on stand SB13.  For further information visit, or

Western Lakes Home & Garden Show

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The all new Western Lakes Home & Garden Show will take place in Whitehaven on the 16th & 17th May 2014.

This is gearing up to be a super event with celebrity line ups and presentations including Oz Clarke, Jean Christophe Novelli, Anna Ryder Richardson and many others…

See the show timetable here.  BBC Gardeners Question Time will be recorded at the event on Friday 16th too!  What with all of this, continental markets and much more – there’s plenty for all!

Visit the Home & Garden Show website for full details or the Facebook page for latest updates.


Active Marina in May

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Whitehaven Marina is proud to be part of the RYA Active Marina programme which is designed to help berth holders get the most out of their boats.

John Parlane of Bay Sea School is Whitehaven’s local RYA officer and has put together a superb calendar of events which include:

A Cruise to Kirkcudbright on the weekend of 10th / 11th May
This is a free event for Whitehaven berth holders and provides the perfect opportunity to socialise with other local boat owners and/or explore new waters with the security of knowing others are doing the same trip at the same time.  Contact John Parlane for more details by email or 07721 891 615. Alternatively find the booking form here.

Push the boat out weekend – 17th/18th May
Take part in the RYA’s “Push the boat out” weekend and make the most of your boat!  Contact John Parlane for more details by email or 07721 891 615. Alternatively find the booking form here.

We look forward to welcoming you and hope to see you out on the water – if you have any questions or feedback, please contact the Marina Office on 01946 692435 or email

Dates for the diary

Sunday, April 27th, 2014
Whitehaven Festival fireworks

Fireworks at Whitehaven

As we look ahead to the summer season the local events calendar is a set to a good one!

Make sure you visit our events page for details and keep an eye on our news pages here and of course our Facebook page for more details of whats coming up!

Whether you want to get more out of your boat and meet like minded berth holders by joining the RYA Active Marina Programme, see the Tall Ships, fancy a visit to the Home & Garden Show, or are feeling adventurous and active for Hell on the Harbourside… Whitehaven has plenty to offer and we look forward to welcoming you.

If you aren’t a berth holder and are planning a visit make sure you’ve given us a call on 01946 692435 to book your berth and avoid disappointment.

New Marina Guide out now

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

We are pleased to tell you that our new Marina Guide is ready for collection!

With updated information and images – come and pick up a new guide including tide tables, events listings and marina club card offers!

2014 Marina Guide Cover

2014 Whitehaven Marina Guide


Lock Closure 2014

Thursday, February 13th, 2014


It’s been a relentlessly wet and windy end to 2013 and with winter now upon us, the team at Whitehaven Marina is busy planning the winter maintenance programme, which includes a long list of important tasks that need to be carried out on the sea lock.

This years annual sea lock closure will be between 0600 hours on Monday 17th February 2014 and 2300 hours on Monday 3rd March 2014.

The 13 metre X 30 metre lock barrel will be pumped dry to allow maintenance to be carried out

During this time there be NO access whatsoever through the lock in either direction and the area will be fenced off, preventing access across the pedestrian bridge. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but we are sure you will understand the need to carry out this annual maintenance to ensure that the gates work safely and reliably over the next twelve months.

Stop logs being removed from the outer gates in 2012

The main focus for the 2014 closure will be the huge, 56 tonne outer gates which have served their purpose lately in preventing the town from flooding during gale force winds, storm surges and record high “King” tides of up to 10.5 metres. After installing a 12 metre high dam and pumping the lock barrel dry we will set to work on a long list of essential maintenance including:


- Installation of a freeflow notification board.

- Upgrading and servicing hinge bearings.

- Replacing centre, side and bottom seals.

- Anode renewal.

- Preparation and painting of gate skins.

- Maintenance of out new gauge board system.

- Cleaning, scrubbing and scraping.

- Servicing backup systems.

- Upgrading control systems.

- Electrical inspection and maintenance.- Pontoon removal and refurbishment.

- Overall structural inspection.


Outer Gates during the lock closure

If you have any queries about the lock closure or the lock operation in general please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01946 692435 or email