Thanckes jetty plans go on public display

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) is giving people in South Devon the opportunity to find out more about proposals to build a new jetty at the Thanckes Oil Fuel Depot, in Devonport.

Built in the 1950s, Yonderberry Jetty has been the main fuelling point used by Royal Navy ships from HMNB Devonport. The jetty has now reached the end of its serviceable life and DIO has now programmed its replacement.  

DIO has employed engineering design consultants Hyder Consulting to develop proposals for the replacement jetty.  

Proposals for the jetty’s replacement will be displayed at a public exhibition taking place between 3pm and 7pm on Wednesday 23rd October in Torpoint Town Hall.

Visitors will be able to view the proposals and leave feedback, with members of the project team present to answer any questions.

Following the exhibition the plans and information will on display for two weeks in the town hall and also available to view on website.

It is proposed to construct a new jetty in the River Tamar, immediately north of the existing structure, which will remain in operation while the new jetty is constructed. This is essential for maintaining military operations. Once the new structure has been completed, the existing jetty will be removed.

Applications for land and marine planning consents will be submitted to Cornwall Council and the Marine Management Organisation later this year for the construction of the new jetty and demolition of the existing structure.  


Further information:

Press enquiries to Tony Moran, Communications Manager 0121 311 3879 or email

DIO website:

Notes to Editors

1. The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) is part of the MOD. We are responsible for managing and maintaining land and properties, as well as providing related support services, to meet the current and future needs of the MOD and personnel at home and abroad, and to support current operations.

2. Our work includes providing, supporting and improving: operational units; single living and service family accommodation; training areas and historic military sites. DIO actively manages these and supporting services, such as soft facilities management and guarding, to ensure the needs of Defence are met, value for money is achieved, heritage protected and environmental goals achieved.

3. The Thanckes Oil Fuel Depot occupies a 97 acre peninsula site on the banks of the River Tamar directly opposite the North Yard of Her Majesty’s Naval Base Devonport. Thanckes Oil Fuel Depot comprises of Yonderberry Jetty and the storage tanks used to store various types of fuel, together with an extensive network of pipelines, pumps, filtration equipment and containment moats.


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