A multi-million pound steel handling facility built during lockdown has been opened at Royal Portbury Dock in Bristol.
Work on the 74,600 sq ft warehouse facility, designed to handle steel coils, began in March and it is set to serve the steel market in the Midlands and South Wales.
James Stangroom, Commercial Manager at the Port said it has successfully handled steel coil imports since early 2017 and demand had encouraged it to invest further, alongside exclusive cargo partner GP Logistics.
He said: “Discussions with importers looking for deep sea capacity gave us the confidence to invest further in this trade. Our current warehousing has been running at high capacity for the past couple of years and so we are pleased to be able to boost this particular trade further at the Port.
”The new warehouse, which is only a 50m distance away from the unloading berth, features an overhead crane to allow for higher storage density and more efficient picking and storing of coil, leading to improved service levels for the Port’s customers.”
Earlier this month the Port welcomed its first shipment of steel on board MV Orient Dynasty.
David Pegg, Commercial Director at GP Logistics said it is looking forward to being of service to the wider steel community.
He said: “We are confident that this new warehouse at Bristol Port, with its deep water berth, will offer a superior service level to the steel trade.”