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Dee Estuary Mostyn Flintshire Wales
The Port of Mostyn is located on the banks of the Dee estuary between Prestatyn to the North West and Holywell to the South East in Flintshire, North Wales. | Mostyn's port dates back centuries to when the estuary was the key trading centre for the North West coastline. The origin of the harbour at Mostyn is unknown but it was certainly in operation during the Civil War when guns and ammunition were smuggled in. It is likely that the earliest use of Mostyn as a port consisted of no more than drawing boats up to the high water mark and there are certainly records of this close to the Honest Man Inn into the 18th century. | North East Wales held an important place in the Industrial Revolution and Mostyn had several coalmines and, later, an ironworks. Both industries flourished during the 19th century and by 1880 were providing work locally for 2,000 men. The site was one of the industrial powerhouses of North East Wales. | In the 20th Century following an intensive dredging programme access to Mostyn docks was improved to such an extent that ships the size of P&O's Irish Ferries gained 24hr access. However, in 2004 the port experienced the loss of its ro-ro ferry service to Dublin and was forced to develop new markets instead. | Today, manufactured wings for the massive Airbus A380 aircraft leave the dedicated berth at Mostyn on the ship Ville De Bordeaux, after travelling down the River Dee by the airbus barge the "Afon Dyfrdwy" from the Airbus wing factory at Broughton, Flintshire. | In recent years, Mostyn has also become a major player as a base for the Offshore Windfarm Construction and Support Industry. It has seen four major wind farms constructed from Mostyn over the last five years, the furthest being Robin Rigg in the Solway Firth. | In addition to the construction of offshore wind farms, The Port of Mostyn is now recognised as an ideal location from which to carry out operations and maintenance of windfarms located in the Irish Sea. | Both Vestas Wind Technology Ltd, and Siemens Wind Power A/S who operate the service bases for the North Hoyle and Rhyl Flats windfarms respectively, have recognised the benefits of servicing these windfarms from Mostyn. | The introduction of this new business sector is attracting ancillary businesses to the Port, such as Diving and sub-sea engineering, workboat providers, steel fabrication and engineering workshops.
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