Consultation launched on Port of Newport Master Plan

May 4, 2016

Associated British Ports (ABP), owner and operator of the Port of Newport, has launched a consultation on the Port of Newport Master Plan, a document that sets out ABP’s future vision for growth and development at the port from now until 2035, inviting stakeholders to have their say on the port’s future.

Supporting 3,000 local jobs and contributing £186 million per annum to the Welsh economy, the Port of Newport is Wales’ leading general cargo port and the second largest conventional steel port in the UK. During 2014, the port handled 1.85 million tonnes of cargo, an increase of more than 20% in the amount it handled compared with 2013. There was significant growth in key sectors at the port, including fertiliser, grain and animal feed and steel exports and imports.

The draft Master Plan identifies what needs to be achieved by 2035 to ensure that the Port of Newport is in a position to capitalise on the commercial opportunities that will arise in the next 20 years. It includes proposed infrastructure developments such as the creation of new quayside, storage and warehousing and the identification of strategic development plots to support growing market sectors, new customers and power generation facilities.

Director of ABP South Wales, Matthew Kennerley, said: “The Port of Newport is regarded as a major port, both in Wales and the UK, and is a vital component of the local and national economy. Given the Port of Newport’s significance, and in accordance with government guidance, we believe that it is appropriate to set out our proposals for the future in a comprehensive Master Plan for the port. While we have serious concerns about the impact of the proposed M4 relief road on the port, this document details how the port could develop and what we believe needs to be done between now and 2035 to ensure that the port continues to grow in a sustainable and prosperous way.

“There are real opportunities for the Port of Newport, not least due to its location, with good connections to the rest of the UK, but also due to its ability to handle deep sea vessels of up to 40,000 tonnes. It is a crucial hub for Welsh and UK industries who want to access growing deep sea markets, including China, the Far East, Russia and the Americas.

“This consultation gives an opportunity to those who are directly connected with the port and those with a wider interest in the economic development of the region and country as a whole to feed in to the process. We will collate all of the comments received during the consultation and, where appropriate, incorporate them into the Master Plan with the intention of formally adopting it later this year.”

Over the last two years ABP has invested more than £19 million in developing the Port of Newport and its infrastructure to ensure it meets the need of port occupiers and the economy. Key investments include:

• £2.76 million on the redevelopment of Atlantic Shed to accommodate the port’s steel business
• £2 million to develop new warehousing facilities for increasing agribulk cargo
• £6.80 million investment in renewable energy projects
• £3.30 million on two new mobile harbour cranes
• £1.50 million on the refurbishment of three quayside cranes
• £1.70 million on a new rail bridge within the port
• £1.10 million on quay strengthening works

The Port of Newport consists of two dock areas: the North Dock and South Dock. It encloses a water area of 137.5 acres and a non-tidal land area of 483.8 acres. Its tenants span the steel, construction, agriculture, manufacturing and power generation sectors.

The Port of Newport Master Plan can be viewed at Pillgwenlly Library and Information Centre and online at http://www.southwalesports.co.uk/consultation. The consultation period will be open until Monday 01 August 2016. Please submit any comments to newport@abports.co.uk or send them by post to:

Consultation Office
Associated British Ports
Port House
Alexandra Dock
Newport
NP20 2UW