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Help us name our extended berth

Noble Caledonia ships berthed bow to bow on the newly extended Berth 2

Completion of the port's multi-million pound berth extension, undertaken during a period of significant challenge, means we can now manage larger ships or multiple smaller ships at the same time.

Investment in the port's infrastructure is part of an ambitious strategy to continue growth as a leading player in the maritime industry and one of the UK's most sustainable ports.

To mark this achievement, the berth is to be awarded a ceremonial name by the Lord Mayor, which will link this feat of engineering to Portsmouth’s past as a proud seafaring city and a centre of engineering excellence.

As we’re owned by the people of Portsmouth, we’re calling on the city’s residents to submit their suggestions of famous engineers and seafarers who would signify this link.

If your unique suggestion is chosen, you will be invited to the naming ceremony when it is held later this year. You'll also recieve a luxury Fortnum & Mason hamper courtesy our friends at Noble Caledonia.

We’re looking for interesting, lesser-known figures, who’s part in Portsmouth’s story deserves a bigger profile.

Examples include the British engineer, mathematician, physicist and inventor Hertha Ayrton, who was born in Portsmouth, or Marc Isambard Brunel, who invented the world's first production line at Portsmouth Block Mils to mass manufacture pulley blocks for the rigging in Royal Navy vessels.

Name submissions should be sent to port.communications@portsmouth-port.co.uk before the closing date of 5pm on 24 July 2021.

Terms and conditions

Portsmouth International Port will choose a name for the berth from all of the entries received, by a panel comprised of senior management, councillors and history experts. Suggestions will be considered based on their relevance to Portsmouth’s maritime and engineering history.

One winning name will be chosen from all of the suggestions received. In the event that more than one submission is received for the chosen name, one winner will be drawn at random from all of the winning name submissions. In the event of no suitable suggestions being received, the final decision will be made by the panel.