The Anglesey Port of Amlwch is a beguiling place. When approaching from the land it looks like many a typical small Welsh or Cornish mineral exporting port - which of course it was - being built to serve the nearby Parys Mountain Copper Mine. However, as one explores the port and moves seawards beyond the old stone buildings are much more modern concrete buildings and quays. After the mines closed, ship building became a local industry. In the 1970s the modern Marine Terminal was opened to serve the short lived oil import trade. These photographs were taken on the morning of Saturday February 03, 2007.
|The dry dock constructed by Nicholas Treweek in the 19th Century as part of his shipyard stands landward of the two 1970s built tug pens, now used by fishing vessels and the two Liverpool Pilot boats which operate the Lynas Station. The pens being built on the site of the rest of the ship yard. |
Above the dry-dry dock is the Marine Terminal, part of which is now used by the Liverpool Pilots. The Terminal and Tug Pens were constructed by Shell in conjunction with an offshore single point mooring installed for large tankers. This mooring was used for discharging oil bound for the Stanlow Refinery in Cheshire which as pumped by pipeline across north Wales. However the facility closed around 1990.