ABP South Wales stevedores handling timber at North Dock, Newport.
ABP’s five ports in South Wales handled 12.5 million tonnes of cargo in 2017, marking yet another year of solid growth.
A total of 12.5 million tonnes of cargo were handled at Newport, Cardiff, Barry, Port Talbot and Swansea in 2017, with strong growth in both traditional and emerging sectors, serving South Wales and the wider UK economy.
Year-on-year growth was seen in several commodities. Fertiliser to support agriculture and aggregates for manufacturing were 14% up on 2016, whilst animal feed leapt by some 54%.
Recyclables increased by 72% and scrap metal, both exports and imports, doubled in volume compared to the previous year, registering a rise of 108%.
ABP South Wales director, Matthew Kennerley, said: “Our five ports are continuing to see strong growth hanks to the investment we have been delivering in enhanced infrastructure and facilities. This has helped both new and longstanding customers to further develop and grow their businesses.
“Our ports in South Wales are vital strategic assets of national importance. Strong growth across our ports is not just success for ABP and our customers, it’s success for the Welsh economy.
“Every year our ports contribute £1.4bn to the economy and support 15,000 jobs. We are committed to continuing to invest to support our customers, enabling that contribution to grow. We’re excited about the growth that our investment promises to deliver in the year ahead.”
ABP South Wales welcomed several new businesses to their ports throughout 2017. Notably, in September 2017, Swansea Dry Docks Ltd (SDL) reopened the Swansea’s drydock facilities on a long term lease and welcomed its first vessel following an extensive upgrade of facilities.
This long term commitment by SDL will provide a boost to the local economy in terms of skilled employment and increased demand for specialist materials and services.
Investments were also made into key pieces of infrastructure to ensure the future stability of ABP’s South Wales ports and the surrounding area. In August 2017, the refurbishment of Green Park in Port Talbot was completed.
This 18 month major renovation project represents an investment of £2.7m by ABP South Wales. It will provide huge benefits to the River Afan in terms of improved water management and increased water security for TATA’s Port Talbot steel works.