Hain's argument is just nonsense
MP Peter Hain's defence of the Welsh proposals for a Severn Barrage (The Post November 2) says "Bristol Port will be unaffected, as its existing shipping will pass through locks in the barrage at no charge"
Going through a lock is a significant delay and time is money.
The ship will also use more fuel slowing down and getting up to speed again.
When approaching the Bristol docks tugs are needed for all but the smallest ships. A 240-metre long bulk carrier needs six tugs to guide it into the entrance lock. How many will be necessary for the barrage locks? And who will meet the costs of providing them?
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Mr Hain refers to "existing shipping" But Bristol Port is planning to construct a deep water terminal to accommodate very large container ships.
No mention of provision for them. The problems of delays and locking mentioned above are just worse for very large ships. Bristol Port unaffected? Nonsense!