The Port of Barrow

Associated British Ports owns the 138 acre port of Barrow which was 2018’s ‘Port of the Year ’ awarded at the 10th annual UK Ports Conference in London, in recognition of its high levels of customer service offered to a broad client base which makes use of the port facilities.

 Port customers include  MoD, BAE SYSTEMS, INS, Spirit Energy, windfarm-related O&M (operations and maintenance) facilities used by Orsted, Vattenfall, Scottish Power Renewables, MHIVestas, Siemens Gamesa, crew boat operators such as C-Wind, Iceni Marine Services, Knights Offshore Support, Njord, Northern Offshore Services, Wildcat Marine, Windcat Workboats and locally based tenant companies such as Serco, Underwater Diving Services, Rovtech Solutions, Bay Towage and Westminster Boskalis..

Associated British Ports (ABP) is the Statutory and Competent Harbour Authority for 21 separate ports and harbours located around the UK, including Barrow. Throughout our network of  ports around Britain, ABP expert and highly trained teams are ready to work in partnership to deliver the solutions your business needs or to safely and efficiently handle a wide variety of different cargoes..

The Port of Barrow plays a key role in serving the offshore energy industry in and bordering the East Irish Sea, often described as Britain’s “energy coast.”

15ha of secure open storage is available. and is the site of BAE Systems’ submarine design and manufacturing facility.

The Port of Barrow is Cumbria’s “International Gateway for growth,” giving  local  manufacturing industry through maritime trade access to world markets.

The port hosts world-class shipbuilding. It has BAE SYSTEMS Maritime Submarines Ltd based here which has  a global reputation as the centre for the design build test and commissioning of Royal Navy submarines. The Port of Barrow  also provided world-class marine engineering services to customers in the offshore energy sector.

110,000 tonnes of cargo are handled by the Port of Barrow team each year, comprising an array of different products including limestone, sand, aggregates, granite, woodpulp and  gas condensate. Heavy lift projects are also routinely and efficiently carried out to support the offshore energy sector.

Barrow provides a home to five O&M bases supporting significant renewable generation developments in the Irish Sea, as well as supporting a range of projects run by energy giants Ørsted, Siemens and is well placed to service projects which will emerge from Crown Estate’s Round 4 of offshore wind farm sea bed licencing, now underway.

Major components for offshore energy projects are constructed on the quayside before being shipped to site offshore by the port’s expert heavy lift team and infrastructure specialists.

The Port’s benefits in handling project cargo include a designated heavy/abnormal route from the Port of the M6 motorway and ample open storage.

A Condensate Storage Facility located at the Port is directly linked to some of the largest gas fields on the UK Continental Shelf.

A berth is available to accommodate cruise vessels up to 160m length, in an ideal location for easy access to the Lake District National Park.


15ha of secure open storage 

ABP’s ports in the North West support 

8,100 jobs across the UK 

Port of Barrow handles around 

110,000 Tonnes of cargo each year


Normal acceptance dimensions of vessels 






2,690 M 

150 M 

35 M 

10M MAX 

10,000 T 

Marine Contacts 

Harbour Master - Richard Spenceley 

Deputy Harbour Master  –  Carl Bower 

Assistant Harbour Master - Jamie McAloone 

Telephone +44 (0) 1229 615900 Email 

VHF‘Barrow Port Radio’ channel 12 

Port Office     Ramsden Dock Road  Barrow-in Furness  Cumbria   LA14 2TW         

Marine Control Ramsey Way Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA14 2TB