Dock. Bulk storage has recently been increased with the development of a
Bulk Park complex in October last year.
four existing warehouses totalling over 13,000m2 of undercover bulk storage.
complex now exceeds 43,000m2.
significant part in the new builds from the early design stages.
consumption. As a consequence, the design team developed a
rainwater capture system. The harvested water is used for
pressure washing plant and vehicles working in the store.
the central heating system.
ores, together with grain exports.
Dock, for shipment to Leith in Scotland. The loading operation
fertilizer shipment on behalf of Helm Fertilizer.
and to the vessel and the storage areas. The terminal also
enjoys a completely undercover rail connection.
from Egypt for its customer Helm Great Britain Ltd.
power station of up to 300MW.
proposed power station. The Hull Riverside Bulk Terminal
Energy but will also have capacity for other dry bulk customers.
Transport in February. The berth itself will be capable of
investments ever undertaken by ABP. If the development plans
solutions and cargo-handling equipment.
handling equipment. Severn Sands operates at an
dredged aggregates, all of which are supported by modern
handling equipment as well as associated plant and equipment.
Pet-products specialist Bob Martin Company operates a
purpose-built processing and national distribution facility at the
port’s Queen Alexandra Dock.
The general-cargo berths at Port Talbot’s inner docks handle
a variety of traffics, including processed slag, sand, cement, steel
and heavy-lift cargoes. This is shipped to destinations including
ABP Teignmouth, saving numerous sensitive lorry miles on
Port Talbot also serves the Corus Steel Works, with the Tidal
Harbour being used predominantly for imports of coal and iron
At the Port of Swansea, ABP operates the St David’s Agribulk
Terminal on behalf of Yara (UK) Ltd, where fertilizer is
discharged and then screened, bagged and stored for
distribution. Cement imports are handled by Dan Morrissey
Cement (UK) Ltd and the port also provides berths for locally
dredged sand as well as other aggregates.
Scrap metals are an increasingly important part of South
Wales business, with Sims Group UK operating scrap export
terminals in Newport and Swansea. Scrap export terminals are
also operated at Cardiff and Barry by European Metals Recycling
and Dunn Brothers respectively.
All ABP South Wales ports benefit from modern handling
equipment and extensive warehousing. Each have good access
to road and rail infrastructure and have significant development
In 2006, the Port of Newport invested in a second coal-loading
siding and a rail-weighing facility for coal trains. Recently, the
port has also started to handle exports of Welsh coal that is
delivered to the port by rail.
In 2008 Newport received grain-storage accreditation under
the prestigious Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops
(TASCC), allowing the port to handle regular imports and
exports of animal feeds, grains and cereals, for eventual use by
industries ranging from milling to the production of biofuels.
On 21 November, 2007, the government granted consent to
Prenergy Power Ltd for the construction of the Port Talbot
Renewable Energy Plant, the word’s largest biomass plant.
The plant is expected to create 150 jobs in Port Talbot and
have the capacity to power half the homes in Wales. When
complete, it will produce about 70% of the Welsh Assembly
Government’s 2010 renewable energy target.
The deep-water harbour is ideal to service the large bulk
carriers needed to fuel the plant and its operation will see an
additional 2.5–3mt of cargo annually through the port.
At the Port of Swansea, ABP has invested £1.8m in discharge,
warehousing and bagging facilities for Yara (UK) Ltd, which
handles over 50,000 tonnes of agribulks each year. In recent
years Dan Morrissey Cement (UK) Ltd has invested in an
extension to its warehouse and mechanized bagging and
palletizing plant. The port also provides berths for the discharge
of locally dredged sand.
In 2007, the Port of Swansea also invested in two Caterpillar
telehandlers to enhance agribulk-handling operations at the port.
Eight of ABP’s 11 short-sea ports are equipped to handle a
variety of dry bulk cargoes, all of which provide a comprehensive
network of services with highly specialized and niche-market
facilities in addition to general-cargo capabilities.
The Port of Ayr, located on the west coast of Scotland at the
entrance to the Firth of Clyde and within easy access to rail
networks makes it an ideal choice for short-sea and coastal
shipping. The Arran, Kintyre, Carrick and Jura Terminals provide
a total of 18,000m2 of storage for a range of dry bulks and the
port also offers bagging and blending facilities and regularly
handles bulk cargoes such as coal, fertilizer, minerals, grain,
aggregates, sand and animal feed.
The North West Port of Barrow, known as the ‘gateway to
the Lake District’ has worldwide trade links as well as a direct
connection to the national rail network. Regular cargoes
handled at Barrow include locally quarried limestone exports
and imports of sand and aggregates. Silloth, located on the
English side of the Solway Firth, provides easy access to the
north and north east of England, and southern Scotland. As well
as significant tonnages of fertilizers, Silloth also handles grain
imports which are discharged directly into Carrs Flour Mills on
the north side of New Dock.
The Port of Garston on the River Mersey is the premier
short-sea port for the North West and benefits from excellent
road communications directly linked to the port estate. Garston
is well equipped to handle large quantities of bulk cargoes such
as milling grain, animal feed, fertilizer and other agribulks. As
well as over 100,000ft2 of high quality bulk warehousing the port
also offers a range of value-added services including bagging,
blending, rip-and-tip and stock control.
The East Anglian ports of Ipswich, King’s Lynn and Lowestoft
boast convenient locations close to the country’s industrial and
agricultural heartlands, yet within easy reach of the North Sea
shipping lanes. At Ipswich animal feed and grain imports and
exports are handled by The Grain Terminal (Ipswich) and
Clarkson Port Services. The port has high quality, bespoke
warehousing for Origin Fertilisers and Nidera grain, as well as
three aggregates terminals operated by Brett Aggregates, Cemex
Aggregates and Tarmac Quarry Products.
At King’s Lynn, a 6,000-tonne silo and supplementary flat
store for cereals and pulses is operated by Agrilynk Ltd from its
Bentinck Dock facility. Four purpose-built bulk stores, located at
Riverside Quay, offer storage for up to 14,000 tonnes of cereals
and agribulks. A 9,000-tonne capacity store for agribulks is also
At Lowestoft, a versatile 14,000-tonne capacity silo and
storage facility at Silo Quay is operated by Plasmor (Lowestoft)
Ltd, accommodating a range of bulk materials, including grain and
cement. The port also handles significant quantities of aggregates
The Port of Teignmouth in Devon is well placed to serve
south west England and has a long-established reputation for
handling dry bulk cargoes including ball clays, animal feedstuffs
ABP’s East Anglian short-sea ports all benefit from strategic
locations of national importance within the UK grain market and
in this respect the ports have seen significant investment over
the past few years.
At the Port of Ipswich, the multi-purpose Coldock Terminal,
which was built in 2000 at a cost of £2.3 million, offers 16,000m2
of GAFTA and UKASTA-registered storage for agribulks and
other commodities. The facility features 18 totally segregated
bays ranging from 460m2 to 1,402m2, with 3,346m2 available for
general use, a computerized stock-control system and
weighbridge facilities. In 2009, Tarmac Ltd built a multi-million
pound asphalt and concrete batching plant on a four-acre quay
Also in 2000 the Alexandra Silo Complex was opened at
the Port of King’s Lynn, representing a £3.8 million investment
by ABP. With a 25,000-tonne storage capacity, the silo is
equipped with the latest technology for receiving and storing
primarily malting barley. Its location within the port estate also
presents opportunities for reducing overall road haulage
At the Port of Ayr a major new storage and distribution
centre was opened in 2003 following a long-term agreement
between ABP and Peacock Salt. The 3,500m2 warehouse, with
1,500m2 of outside storage, is Peacock’s primary UK operation,
handling the company’s salt imports for various industrial
applications such as winter de-icing, food and water-treatment.
The port of Teignmouth has also seen impressive growth in
trade over recent years. In September 2004 ABP was given the
go-ahead to transform the existing quayside with an investment
of £5 million, and in 2006 The Western Quays was opened.
Engineering work for the development required the
straightening of the quay wall, deepening of the berths, and the
construction of a new 3,000m2 transit shed for the import of
agribulks. The work has allowed room for more frequent
arrivals of the larger ships that now use the port, and has lead to
faster turnaround times for vessels.
In 2008, Teignmouth took delivery of a new Fuchs MHL 380
material-handling crane. The stand-alone machine is the second
of its type to enter service at the port, and is capable of handling
The significant growth in bulk trade at the Port of Garston in
recent years has enabled ABP to embark on a substantial
investment programme. In 2005 the port signed a 20-year
agreement Hanson Aggregates, opening a £1 million processing
plant in order to handle sea-dredged aggregates for onward
delivery to Hanson’s customers in the construction industry.
In September 2005 the ABP-Maxit Terminal was opened at a
cost of £750,000 after Maxit began importing lightweight
aggregates through Garston in 2002. The handling and
distribution facility comprises 13,000m2 of open and undercover
storage and is equipped with an automated bagging and
Also in 2005 ABP Garston opened the Saint Gobain-Weber
UK Ltd Terminal, a first-class handling and distribution facility
which provides high-speed bagging and palletizing of lightweight
aggregates and comprises 13,000m2 of open and undercover
The principal trade at Silloth is agribulks and the port has
seen steady growth in tonnage levels over recent years.
In April 2008 the Port of Silloth set a new record for tonnage
handled in a single shipment, with the arrival from Holland of
Arklow River. The Irish-registered vessel delivered over 4,150
tonnes of agribulks to Silloth’s New Dock on behalf of port
customer, Carrs Fertilisers Ltd.
The shipment is the first in the port’s history to exceed
4,000 tonnes, but is merely the latest in an ongoing trend of
increased shipment volumes to pass through Silloth, with new
records being set five times in as many years. The year 2007 saw
the port handling over 100,000 tonnes of agribulks, eclipsing all