Southampton

- the UK's key maritime location

The Port of Southampton is located in the key maritime position on the UK's south coast, close to the main international shipping lanes and less than 100 nautical miles from mainland Europe. It is less than two miles from the M27 and has direct rail links to the main railway network for both freight and passenger trains. The Port of Southampton is served by Southampton International Airport, while Gatwick and Heathrow airports are within easy reach.


To download a pdf of the Port of Southampton port plan, please click here.

Please click here for an online version of our 2012/2013 Port of Southampton Handbook

For details of VTS and pilotage services throughout Southampton Water, please visit www.southamptonvts.co.uk


For all commercial enquiries, please contact:

Ian Palacio, Commercial Manager

ipalacio@abports.co.uk, +44 (0) 2380 488 841

Beth Evans, Sales & Marketing Manager

bevans@abports.co.uk, +44 (0) 2380 488 844


Passengers and cruises

  • More than one million cruise passengers per year have Southampton as their preferred choice of port for cruise holidays

  • Home to the UK fleets of both P&O Cruises and Cunard Line and used regularly by Royal Caribbean International, Fred Olsen Cruise Line and Saga Holidays

  • Four state-of-the-art cruise terminals in operation, all with ship-to-shore walkways 

  • The only cruise car-parking provider for Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruise Line, Fred Olsen, MSC, and Saga, which guarantees parking in the port. Please visit www.abparking.co.uk for further information 

RoRo

  • Handles over 650,000 vehicles each year

  • Highly experienced in the handling of all sizes of vessel and roro cargoes, including heavy-wheeled vehicles

  • Global connections provided by all major deep-sea and short-sea roro lines

  • The 80 ha of dedicated vehicle storage and distribution compounds are rail-connected to receive regular specialist trains and have adjacent deep-water berthing

  • The port has three dedicated car terminals in the Eastern Docks

  • Offers value-added services including pre-delivery inspections and vehicle-enhancement work 

Containers

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  • Home to the UK's second largest container terminal handling more than 1.5 million teus each year

  • The five-berth Southampton Container Terminal is operated by DP World Southampton - visit www.dpworldsouthampton.com for more information 

  • Offering 23 container trains a day with gauge clearance for 9'6" high containers to major cargo-generating regions in the Midlands, North West, East Coast, and Scotland

  • There is a network of feeder services from Southampton Container Terminal to destinations around the UK and to the Republic of Ireland

  • Huelin-Renouf Shipping Ltd also operates a Channel Island Service

Dry bulks

  • A 5 ha multi-user bulk terminal, situated in the port's Western Docks, handles cargoes and minerals including animal feed, fertiliser, scrap, aggregates, salt, and biomass products

  • A flour mill operated by Rank Hovis imports and processes around 50,000 tonnes of wheat each year

  • An export grain-silo terminal is located in the Eastern Docks 

Fresh produce and perishables

  • Extensive specialist facilities dedicated to fresh produce

  • Canary Islands Fruit Terminal provides 14,500 sq m of cool and cold storage with a temperature range of -2°C to +15°C and has deep-water berths capable of accommodating two ships simultaneously 

Liquid bulks

  • Southampton's liquid bulk traffic primarily comprises crude oil 

Offshore wind

  • Located approximately 35 to 60 miles from the two Round 3 sites east and west of the Isle of Wight, Southampton offers big-port deep-sea capability to offshore wind developers 

Key statistics and berthing information

  • Handles around 39 million tonnes each year

  • Port acreage = 726 acres

Dock, Jetty or Quay

Berth No.

Nominal Dredged Depth at Lowest Low Water (m)

Length of Quays (m)

Berths

201

10.2

280

 

202

12.2

274

 

203

9.1

274

 

Container berths

204

13.6

310

 

205

14.0

310

 

206

14.6

310

 

207

15.0

420

 

Western Docks

101-2

10.2

370

 

102-3

10.2

310

 

103-4

10.2

340

 

105

11.7

200

 

106

11.7

260

 

106-7

11.7

110

 

107-109

11.7

750

 

110

10.2

 

 

Ocean Dock (entrance 121.9 m wide)

43-44

11.7

480

45

10.2

190

 

46

10.2

230

 

47

11.7

250

 

Test Quays

48

7.1

100

 

49

7.1

120

 

40

9.3

130

 

41

8.7

172

 

38-39

10.5

360

 

Dock Head

37

7.8

143

 

Empress Dock (entrance 48.5 m wide)

20-21

7.5

258

22-23

6.8

200

 

24-25

7.1

190

 

26-27

7.1

240

 

29

5.6

100

 

Itchen Quays

30-33

9.1

263

 

34-36

9.9

480

Ocean Gate, Atlantic Way

Southampton

Hampshire, SO14 3QN

Tel: +44(0)23 8048 8800