Bristol Port in the UK has opened a 74,600 sq ft (6,931 sq m) warehouse to handle steel shipments at the Royal Portbury Dock.

Construction of the facility began in March 2020. The warehouse is 50 m away from the unloading berth and features an overhead crane to allow for higher storage density.

Bristol Port and its exclusive cargo partner GP Logistics have handled various steel cargoes in recent times, with customers concentrated in the Midlands and South Wales. James Stangroom, commercial manager at the port said: “We have successfully handled steel coil imports since early 2017, and receivers have been able to improve their productivity thanks to the port’s close proximity to the M5 motorway. Discussions with importers looking for deepsea 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.”

David Pegg, commercial director at GP Logistics, added: “Shipping lines have made commitments to regular calls at Royal Portbury Dock and we look forward to being of service to the wider steel community.” It will also offer Customs clearance, road haulage and associated services at the facility.

The first steel shipment destined for the new terminal was handled earlier this month.