Work has begun on a £500,000 upgrade of the Orthios deep water jetty at Holyhead – currently being used as a base for sea trials and training by the world’s most advanced polar research vessel, the RSS Sir David Attenborough.
The improvement works are being managed for Orthios by Cadarn Consulting of Anglesey and are intended to ready the jetty to receive plastics for recycling in the company’s environment-friendly waste management and ground-breaking Plastics-to-Oil facilities.
The work is also expected to benefit Welsh tourism by making the jetty more attractive to cruise ships when the holiday industry revives.
Orthios CEO Sean McCormick says:
“Cruise traffic dropped off almost entirely in 2020 due to the pandemic but we already have 20+ bookings for later this year, with each liner expected to bring hundreds of passengers and their spending power into the region. But the jetty improvements will also support the longer-term direction of Orthios as we step up our efforts to help combat climate change by bringing in unwanted plastics and using our innovative, carbon-light technology to break plastics down into re-useable materials and clean, green, sustainable energy.”
The Orthios jetty will remain open 24/7 throughout the engineering works. Its current occupant is the Cammell Laird-built RSS Sir David Attenborough which is using Holyhead as a base for sea trials, crew training and testing.