Work has started on a £4.5m project to provide additional warehousing at Newport docks to accommodate growth seen in agriculture-related cargo volumes.

This new warehouse, known as 21 Shed, will provide an additional 70,000 sq ft of covered bulk storage facilities for the customers at the ABP port.

The agriculture sector has been growing at the port for several years. In 2017, the port saw year-on year growth of 14 per cent in bulk fertiliser imports and a 54 per cent increase in animal feed imports. This new warehousing investment will ensure the sector can continue to develop at the port.

Ralph Windeatt, port manager for Newport, said: “Agribulk cargo volumes have been increasing steadily at Newport for several years. In order to support this, we have been proactive in our approach to investments for port customers to ensure that their businesses, and the local farmers, feed mills, and other industries they support, can continue to benefit from ABP’s services for many years to come.”

ABP has been investing in the agriculture sector at Newport for several years.

In 2015, £3.3m was invested in new cranes and in 2016, £2.3m was invested in the construction of a 3,500 sq ft warehouse for the sector along with new weighbridge facilities.

ABP has also been working to improve operational efficiency of the way this cargo is handled at the port to ensure customers are receiving a modern and efficient service.

In 2017, the Port of Newport handled 2.2 million tonnes of cargo while supporting 3,000 local jobs and contributing £186m to the Welsh economy.

ABP South Wales’ five ports - Newport, Cardiff, Barry, Port Talbot and Swansea - contribute £1.4bn to the UK economy every year and support 15,000 jobs in the region.

ABP South Wales handles more than 12 million tonnes of cargo every year.