Free dock lock event for engineering enthusiasts

The gates, which weigh 90 tonnes each, were installed as part of a £6m project to speed up lock times and improve accessibility into and out of Milford Docks and Marina.

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by Joanna Sayers

MEMBERS of the public and engineering professionals will get the chance to discover the challenges and solutions involved in Milford Haven’s £6 million lock gate project.

The free ‘Tide Turning for Wales’ event on Tuesday, June 30, will allow anyone with an interest in the design and construction of the project to attend a lecture hosted by two of its lead engineers.

Rob Morgan, project manager for Atkins, and Tim Bownes, engineering director at the Port of Milford Haven will be giving a talk as part of the month-long Wales Festival of Innovation.

The topics for discussion will be the planning and design process of the state-of-the-art lock gates, which were installed last month and are designed to speed up lock times and make the town’s marina more accessible to tourists.

The series of lectures is open to the general public, but will be of particular interest to engineers – specifically those specialising in marine or eco-friendly projects – environmental scientists, and students.

Engineers with an ICE membership who attend can also claim Continual Professional Development hours after attending.

The people behind Porthcawl Harbour and Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon will also be in attendance.

Idris Price, of Wales Festival of Innovation, said: “There is a lot of impressive and creative work going on in Wales and it’s important this is recognised widely within and beyond our borders in order to encourage even more of this kind of activity, which is vital to our future.

“This event showcases the innovations in tidal engineering that have significance not only in the communities where they are based, but Wales at large too.”

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For more information about the Wales Festival of Innovation visit the website at

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