Work begins on £4.5m port of Newport warehouse

The new warehouse will be built at North Side, South Dock, Newport.

Work begins on £4.5m port of Newport warehouse

Work is underway on the £4.5m warehousing project at ABP’s port of Newport to accommodate growth seen in agriculture-related cargo volumes.

The new warehouse, which will be known as 21 Shed, will provide an additional 70,000 sq ft of covered bulk storage facilities for the port’s customers.

The agriculture sector has been growing at the port for several years and in 2017 the port saw year-on year growth of 14% in bulk fertiliser imports and a 54% increase in animal feed imports.

The new warehousing investment will mean that this important sector can continue to develop at the port.

Ralph Windeatt, port manager for Newport, said: “Agribulk cargo volumes have been increasing steadily at Newport for several years.

“In order to support this, we have been proactive in our approach to investments for port customers to ensure that their businesses, and the local farmers, feed mills, and other industries they support, can continue to benefit from ABP’s services for many years to come.”

ABP has been investing in the agriculture sector at Newport for several years.

In 2015, £3.3 million was invested in new cranes and in 2016 £2.3 was invested in the construction of a 3,500 sq ft warehouse for the sector along with new weighbridge facilities.

ABP has also been working to improve operational efficiency with regards to the way that cargo is handled at the port to ensure customers are receiving a modern and efficient service.

In 2017, the Port of Newport handled 2.2 million tonnes of cargo while supporting 3,000 local jobs and contributing £186 million to the Welsh economy.

ABP South Wales’ five ports of, Newport, Cardiff, Barry, Port Talbot and Swansea contribute £1.4 billion to the UK economy every year and support 15,000 jobs in the region.

ABP South Wales handles over 12 million tonnes of cargo every year.