Port Talbot is one of only a few harbours in the UK capable of handling cape-size vessels of up to 170,000 dwt. It is located within easy reach of the open sea, has direct mainline rail access and lies adjacent to the M4 motorway. The port comprises of the Tidal Harbour, which handles cape-size bulk vessels, and the docks, which can accommodate smaller heavy-lift, project, and general cargo vessels. This nationally strategic port asset has significant development opportunities available for the construction of additional berths and cargo-handling facilities.
Port Talbot Tidal Harbour
Constructed in the 1970s to create one of the deepest berths in the UK
Predominantly used for imports of coking coal, minerals and ores to the steelworks
Handles a wide variety of traffics including processed slag, sand, cement, steel, and heavy-lift cargoes
Unique port location for vessels up to 16m draught
The potential to accommodate a major, purpose-built deep-water facility capable of serving UK and worldwide offshore markets
The proposed area for offshore wind development, in the southern corner of the harbour, could provide up to 28 ha of land. The facility would have 24-hour deep-water access to serve the Bristol Channel Zone
All our ports are capable of handling a vast array of cargo. Please contact us even if the capability you are interested in is not listed above.
Key statistics and berthing information
Handles around 9 million tonnes annually
Total port acreage = 845 acres
Maximum theoretical acceptance of the lock*
Dock, Jetty or Quay
Tidal Harbour-South Berth
Tidal Harbour-North Berth
*actual acceptance on specific berths is subject to the details set out in the acceptance table (click here to view) and in some cases subject to Harbour Master approval.