The development of Marchwood Port will bring significant investment from SGL as well as new growth from companies and businesses that use the port.

With its sea, rail and road connections, Marchwood Port in is a highly sustainable location and offers opportunities to transport materials via sea and rail that may otherwise have been transported by road. Increasing the number of berthings available onsite will increase opportunities for cargo to be imported by sea.

Marchwood Port

The proposals for the site will increase its capacity and operation to make more effective and efficient use of the port.

This will be achieved by:

  • Accommodating a range of different cargo and commodities that will transported through and stored onsite including bulks, aggregates, food products, vehicles, building materials, wind turbine blades and steel products.
  • Providing additional hard standing for open storage, with shipping containers stacked to a maximum height of six containers (15.5m) stored in less visually sensitive areas of the port.
  • Installing associated technology to aid the movement of materials around the site (for example a radial conveyor) and limit impacts of aggregates (through dust suppression).
  • Retaining and upgrading existing buildings onsite – offices, car parking, training facilities and workshops.
  • Creating a new access from Cracknore Hard with enhanced security features that enable vehicles entering and exiting the site by road to be processed more efficiently.
  • Providing for additional ancillary uses such as office and staff welfare facilities.
  • Building two warehouses for dry storage of goods if required – up to a maximum eves height limit of 12.5m and a maximum roof height up to 16.5m.
  • Protecting and enhancing the MOD’s operation.

The proposals also include landscaping and the creation and enhancement of ecological areas, with a view to achieving 10% net gain of biodiversity. We are currently investigating onsite and offsite mitigation opportunities.


The port will continue to operate 24/7, with most activity in normal working hours and will remain closed to the public with secure fencing.

Cargo can be unloaded on the quayside directly from vessels onto trains on the rail track

Key considerations

UK ports play a vital role in the country’s trade and industry, with national policy supporting the sustainable expansion of the existing ports. The commercial development of Marchwood Port is a significant opportunity to make a significant contribution to UK imports and exports.

The proposed development is within the port’s existing boundary and there are no plans to extend this site area. As such, it has been important to incorporate an element of flexibility into the masterplan to accommodate changing requirements of the port over time.

The proposals for Marchwood Port, which will increase the capacity of the port whilst being socially and environmentally aware, are in accordance with local and national policy and SGL is committed to working with stakeholders and the community to deliver a scheme that responds to the national and regional need whilst addressing potential local impacts.

Socioeconomic benefits

The upgraded Marchwood Port is expected to create c. 1,100 new jobs – onsite and in the supply chain. This will deliver a range of different types and skill level of jobs, with opportunities for school leavers up to skilled professionals. We are keen to use local suppliers during the development and ongoing operation of the port. This development has significant potential to boost local prosperity during the post-COVID recovery period.

We will also look to provide opportunities for apprenticeships and will continue to provide recognised industry standard training to all our employees. This ensures we develop skilled and qualified staff, including stevedores who are also MOD reservists.

We make extensive investment in structured training and development and have skilled staff who carry out the port activities to high standards, both in Health and Safety and efficient performance. Our training plans are structured so staff training can be mapped across into formal qualifications such as QCFs and Apprenticeships.

SGL will also look to promote the jobs created onsite as well as those during the construction phase to local people who are in close proximity to the port and therefore limiting their travel to work.

As well as investing in the port, we will look to attract businesses that support the local prosperity and sustainability agenda, which will in turn bring jobs and economic growth to the local area. We will also work with other interested parties such as the Local Enterprise Partnership to support the growth and economic prosperity of the whole Waterside area.

The nature of the development of the port will ensure that business operations can continue whilst work is underway.