Associated British Ports (ABP) owns and operates the Port of Swansea and 20 other ports in the United Kingdom. Created by the Transport Act of 1962, the British Transport Docks Board was reconstituted and incorporated in 1983 as Associated British Ports. A consortium of investors acquired ABP in 2006, de-listing it from the London Stock Exchange.
The Port of Swansea is the base for trade with Ireland, the Mediterranean, and north and western Europe. It handles a wide range of cargoes including steel, timber, and agribulks. It has direct connections to the UK’s rail networks that provide cost-effective transport to inland destinations. The Port of Swansea is also growing in popularity as a port of call for cruise ships.
The Port of Swansea Container Terminal covers three hectares, and the container berth is located at the east end of the King’s Dock. It also has facilities dedicated to services for the Iberian peninsula, Northern Europe, and Ireland. The Container Terminal also exports minerals and ores for Celtic Energy. Quay 4 at King’s Dock is equipped for grab-loading anthracite duff and handling large amounts of power station coal.
ABP has made considerable investments in creating facilities for the discharge, warehousing, and bagging of more than 50 thousand tons of agribulks per year. Another operator imports cement and offers mechanized bagging and palletizing services. The port also offers berths for locally-dredged sand and aggregates like stone and pumice. The Gragiola Wharf has a three-hectare quayside licensed site for storing and screening coal and other bulk cargoes.
The Port of Swansea imports forest products from the Baltic states, South America, the Far East, and Southern Europe. The Forest Products Terminal offers 15 thousand square meters of covered storage for forest products. Rose Wharf handles log cargoes and wood pulp. The Port of Swansea has ample storage and handling capacity for general, project, and heavy-lift cargoes.
Located on the five-mile sweep of Swansea Bay and adjoining the Gower peninsula, the Port of Swansea is an inviting waterfront city. (The Gower Peninsula is the United Kingdom’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.) The Port of Swansea has many facilities approved to serve cruise vessels. The Port of Swansea’s Ferryport includes a berth with passenger facilities and car-marshalling area.
The Port of Swansea Steel Terminal can accommodate vessels to 30 thousand DWT, has 15 thousand square meters of covered storage for weather-sensitive steel cargoes, and offers 3.5 hectares of additional open storage. The Steel Terminal handles cargoes that include palletized copper, reinforcing bars, aluminum, and steel coil.
The Port of Swansea has three transit sheds covering 30 thousand square meters and 16 hectares of open storage. It has two 25-ton capacity cranes, seven 10-ton cranes, two 7.5-ton cranes, and a forklift fleet that can handle up to 40 tons of cargo.