Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport
It is my pleasure to announce the applications that have been successful for the second and final round of bidding for the £2 million Ports Development Fund.
The Welsh Government recognises the significant contribution all maritime ports in Wales play in improving economic wealth, growing jobs and ensuring Wales is internationally connected forms.
This is an important transitional year for us as we look toward the devolution of ports related functions under the Wales Act. Devolution will signal a new contract between the sector and the Welsh Government. It will provide us with a valuable opportunity to enhance our relationships and improve the way we work to ensure greater prosperity across Wales.
It was with this objective in mind that we launched the Ports Development Fund in April to support Welsh ports in realising their potential. The funding will also support ports in maximising the opportunities and minimising the risks that Brexit poses to their economic activity.
A range of ports from across Wales were successful in applying for the first round of funding, with a total of £827,000 awarded in July. I have now awarded a further £1.1m to:
- Holyhead Port
- Port of Mostyn
- Conwy Harbour
- Neath Port Authority
- Port of Milford Haven
- Bird Port
- Associated British Ports (ABP) – South Wales
- Saundersfoot Trust Port
I am now looking forward to seeing the benefits to regional and local economies and communities that these projects will bring.