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Solent Gateway

Why Solent Gateway

A freeport tax and customs site

Solent Gateway (SGL) at Marchwood Port is designated as a freeport tax site and customs site. Whilst many sites across the 8 freeports in England have either customs site or tax site status, few have both. This makes SGL a unique and compelling site for import, export, storage and manufacture – we have the facilities and space for all this in a single freeport site. Our ethos is built on making things easy; creating trusted, long-lasting partnerships that allow us to understand customers and deliver their unique requirements through bespoke, personal solutions.

The SGL team has worked across the port and logistics industries for decades. As such, we understand exactly what customers want and expect from port operations providers.


The Solent is a gateway economy of international significance, providing connectivity to global markets, for the wider UK economy. SGL provides one of the best locations in Britain for importing and exporting goods. Its proximity to many of the major shipping lanes brings several key benefits to our customers:

• Cost savings
• Time savings
• Reduced carbon emissions

72 miles via M3 motorway
85 miles via M3 motorway
140 miles via M3 motorway
~155 miles via vessel
~175 miles via vessel
~215 miles via vessel
~295 miles via vessel

Port facilities

SGL has two berths across one jetty with RoRo and LoLo capability available for commercial vessels. Solent Gateway also boasts an extensive railway network within the port for the transportation of freight to and from vessels, with direct links to the national rail network for ease of transportation to anywhere in the UK.

An aerial view of Mulberry Jetty.

Mulberry Jetty

Berths 1 and 2

4m Depth
Maintained to 4 metres below Chart Datum.
115m Useable Length
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Falklands Jetty

Berths 3 and 4.

Due to Southampton Water’s unique double tide, we are able to operate for extended periods well beyond this level with capability accommodating vessels of up to length 205 metres / beam 27 metres.

8m Depth
Maintained to eight metres below Chart Datum (Including Approach)
169m Usable Length
Two Dolphins are available for vessels up to 210m
Fixed Conventional
Fendering type
Rail access & link
Span facilities are available on each berth
2 Cranes
Two 32 tonne rail mounted cranes, with container handling ability
Link-span Pontoons
Maximum 100 tonnes (SWL) – variable freeboard settings on both spans

Slip way

A slipway facility is available at request – please contact us for more information.

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Tide Times

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Predicted Times and Heights of High and Low Tide for Southampton.

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This is a unique opportunity for access to a Freeport Tax and Customs site. We are creating 225 acres of high quality multimodal port capacity with outstanding connectivity by sea, rail and road.