The Bristol Port Company, Portbury

The Bristol Port Company, Portbury

The origins of shipping in the westcountry go back to Roman times and the area has been known for its shipping activities ever since. In more modern times, Royal Portbury Dock opened in 1977 when it was owned and operated by Bristol City Council. In 1991 The Bristol Port Company was created when the business was privatised. 

Since privatisation, over £450m has been invested in Bristol Port to create one of the world’s most productive and technically advanced ports. It covers over 2,600 acres with more land at, and adjacent to, the port ready for development. The company has a highly skilled, directly employed workforce of 550 people and a further 7,000 jobs depend on the port.

The natural deep water available off the North Somerset coast is a huge advantage to the business as are the excellent, uncongested motorway and rail links. Indeed Bristol is the only deep water port in the UK with North, South, East and West motorway and rail connections directly at the port. As an island nation the UK brings in over 95% of its imports through a port and Bristol Port is one of the UK’s major ports - vital to supplying the nation. Bristol Port brings ships closer to the centre of the UK than any other deep-sea port giving huge savings in costs and carbon dioxide as the inland distributor’s leg is significantly reduced.

Bristol Port offers a wide variety of deep sea and short sea shipping routes and is skilled in handling a diverse range of cargo:

  • Aggregates
  • Containers
  • Project cargo
  • Dry bulk
  • Liquid bulk
  • Motor vehicles and all types of Ro-Ro cargo
  • Forest products
  • Palletised cargo
  • Steel

Operating 24/7/365, as a hub port Bristol Port can immediately provide:

  • over two million square feet of warehousing at the Port
  • high quality ambient warehousing with polished concrete floors
  • a 14,500 pallet space Fresh Produce Terminal capable of being controlled from -4ºC to +12ºC
  • two container terminals with secure storage capacity of 10,000 TEU
  • covered and open bulk stores
  • a large amount of external storage areas

All with 24/7 working, high level security and modern lifting equipment.

Sue Turner, Director of Communications at The Bristol Port Company, said: “We continue to invest millions of pounds in North Somerset to ensure we retain our existing customers and to attract new business. 

“We have the key advantage that we can construct new buildings exceptionally quickly to suit customers’ needs. We have land available on the Port estate for additional warehousing and open storage with streamlined planning under the Port’s General Development Order for port related activities. This means we can construct warehousing rapidly without the need to apply for planning consent.

“We have excellent support from North Somerset Council who help us to ensure that our area takes full advantage of having a major port and natural deep water on the door-step.”


The Bristol Port Company, St Andrews House, St Andrews Road, Avonmouth BS11 9DQ
Telephone: 0117 982 0000
Email: (Andrew Ord, Commercial Director)