Associated British Ports (ABP) is the UK's largest and leading ports group, owns and operates 21 ports in the United Kingdom. ABP is responsible for transport, haulage, terminals, ship’s agency, dredging, and marine consultancy for the Port of Cardiff. ABP is ultimately owned by ABP (Jersey) Limited, a privately held consortium.
The Port of Cardiff contains three docks. Both the Queen Alexandria Dock and the Roath Dock are 198 meters long with alongside depth of 10.4 meters and can accommodate vessels to 35 thousand DWT. The Roath Basin dock is 158 meters long with alongside depth of 8 meters and can accommodate vessels to 10 thousand DWT.
The Port of Cardiff contains transit sheds covering 25.9 thousand square meters, two distribution sheds of 14.9 thousand square meters, and two timber sheds of 11.5 thousand square meters. Two specialized steel sheds cover 15 thousand square meters. The port offers 12.3 hectares of open storage, and an independent terminal operator offers an additional 10.6 hectares.
The Port of Cardiff contains a specialized state-of-the-art Distribution Terminal that offers 8000 pallet spaces and drive-in racking. It also boasts quality Chill and Cold Store Facilities with computerized stock-control systems.
The Port of Cardiff Container Terminal serves traffic to and from the Mediterranean and Ireland. The port has regular traffic in dry bulk cargoes like minerals and aggregates, and a pet-products company operates a storage and bagging facility at the Queen Alexandria Dock.
Regular traffic in forest products serves liner services from Scandinavia and the Baltic states with a terminal at the Queen Alexandria Dock and a dedicated 40-thousand square meter timber facility at the Roath Dock Terminal. The cold store facilities offer over 13.5 thousand square meters of chilled and frozen warehouses for fresh produce and perishables bound for inland UK markets.
The Port of Cardiff handles a wide range of general and project cargoes and has berths for heavy roll-on/roll-off and heavy-lift project cargoes. The port includes storage and handling facilities for a variety of liquid bulk cargoes as well, including a petrol- and diesel-distribution center and a distribution terminal for fuel-oil imports.
The Port of Cardiff is still an important steel-handling port for the United Kingdom and can accommodate both ocean-going and short-sea vessels from across the world. It has steel warehousing services for steel traders and an import/export facility.
While the Port of Cardiff has not been a center for cruise liners over the past decades, it is a major tourist destination and has several facilities that can accommodate cruise vessels. A new alongside waterfront development offers an inviting range of dining, shops, and artwork.