New quay and pontoon planned for River Foyle

�/Lorcan Doherty Photography - January  20th 2011.'''Credit: Lorcan Doherty Photography.
�/Lorcan Doherty Photography - January 20th 2011.'''Credit: Lorcan Doherty Photography.

A new cruise ship quay and a marine event platform are to be built on the River Foyle later this year.

The Loughs Agency has announced they will move forward with the projects in partnership with Londonderry Port and Harbour Commission with funding coming through the European Regional Development Fund. A new pontoon will be built on the River Foyle, downstream of the existing visitor pontoon, while the cruise ship quay will be developed at Meadowbank Quay, just upstream of Fort George.

The Harbour Master of Londonderry Port and Harbour, Bill McCann, said this is fantastic news, especially with Clipper coming to the Foyle in 2012 and planned events linked to the City of Culture festivities in 2013.

SDLP Derry City Councillor Mark H Durkan welcomed the plans. He said: “It is wonderful news that this development has been given the green light and much tribute must be paid to the Loughs Agency for their hard work in securing funding for these projects. The construction of this pontoon and cruise ship quay will be a major step in enhancing the River Foyle.”