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Milford Marina in West Wales, (UK) is set to start an extensive investment programme by the Port of Milford Haven to improve customer experience. The announcement is part of an initiative to celebrate the marina’s 25th anniversary.

The facility is the only marina in West Wales to be awarded 4 Gold Anchors by The Yacht Harbour Association.

The first phase of the redevelopment of the area around Milford Marina began with a £6m investment in new lock gates to speed up access for vessels.

Installation of the new lock gates formed part of Visit Wales’ Coastal Tourism project, partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, to encourage tourism along the Welsh coastline.

The Port of Milford Haven, which owns and operates Milford Marina, is planning further investment later this year to attract new shops, homes and businesses into the area.

Since opening, Milford Marina has gone from strength to strength, expanding from the original 225 berths to the current 320 slips.

The marina welcomes permanent and visiting yachts up to 16m together with related services and lift out facilities.

Commenting on the 25th anniversary, Natalie Britton, director of operations for Pembroke Port and Milford Docks, says: “Being next to the only Coastal National Park in the UK makes our marina quite exceptional and perfect for yachtsmen seeking breath-taking scenery from a base that has great facilities and good quality amenities.

“We are confident that the ongoing improvements to facilities and services at Milford Marina will provide a major advantage to our many permanent berth holders and allow us to welcome an even greater number of boat owners during 2016.”

The marina was established in 1991 within the original fishing harbour upon which the town of Milford Haven was founded.