The Great Yarmouth Port Company (GYPC) Ltd, now called EastPort UK, operates the Port of Great Yarmouth, integrating outer harbor and river facilities and handling a variety of general cargoes in addition to running the United Kingdom’s major base for offshore oil and gas in the southern North Sea. The port can accommodate vessels to 125 meters long with six meters draft, and the new Outer Harbor will serve vessels over 200 meters long with 10 meters draft.
The Port of Great Yarmouth is Norfolk’s most important port, with about three thousand meters of commercial quays on the River Yare next to the South Denes Industrial area. The port has been an important base for exploration and recovery of North Sea natural gas since the early 1960s.
The Port of Great Yarmouth offers both land and port facilities specializing in the work of the industry that generates about 70% of the GYPC’s revenues. In 2008, the Port of Great Yarmouth served some 1550 offshore support vessel calls carrying almost three million gross tons. Other energy sectors have moved into the port as well, including wind farms.
The Port of Great Yarmouth has ample storage, including at the Atlas Terminal with specialized facilities for bulk grain cargoes and racking. The Ocean Terminal and East Quay offer open storage and the fully-walled 7.2 acre Tent Site. Two modern complexes on either side of the river offer warehouse space for paper and break bulk products.
Scheduled for completion in early 2009, new facilities add to the port’s capacity with an additional thousand meters of quayside for development, ample warehouse and open storage space, and heavy-lift capacity for project cargoes. The Port of Great Yarmouth’s new Outer Harbor will accommodate the latest vessels with minimal assistance from tugs. The infrastructure and facilities are state-of-the art.