- Royal Portbury Dock
The Royal Portbury Dock is part of the
Port of Bristol, in England. It is situated on the southern side of the mouth of the Avon, where the river joins the Severnestuary — the Avonmouth Docksare on the opposite side of the Avon, within Avonmouth. The deepwater dock was constructed between 1972and 1977, and is now a major port for the import of motor vehiclesinto the UK. The M5 motorwayruns nearby, and the huge car storage compounds around the dock are visible from the Avonmouth Bridge.
The Royal Portbury Dock has the largest entrance lock into any UK port, accommodating vessels up to convert|41|m|ft|0|abbr=on beam, convert|290|m|ft|0|abbr=on length and convert|14.5|m|ft|0|abbr=on draft.
The dock is now operated by The Bristol Port Company, who also operate
Avonmouth Docks, and have done since 1991 when they purchased a 150 year lease from Bristol City Council. Between 2000 and 2002 the Portishead Railwaywas repaired and extended to the dock at a cost of £21 million. [Portishead Railway Group, 2006. " [http://www.portisheadrailwaygroup.org/html/history.html History of the Portishead Railway] ."]
Motor vehicles are both loaded and discharged, and are stored on paved quay areas and storage compounds. In 2004, over 650,000 vehicles were handled.fact During 1996, the motor vehicle trade was awarded the International Quality Standard ISO 9002. Royal Portbury Dock can accommodate up to six RoRo vessels simultaneously.
Aviation fuel tankers up to 120,000 dwt can discharge at the Bristol Aviation Fuel Terminal which opened in 2003, and feeds directly into the UK's pipeline and storage network.
The port experiences the second largest tidal range in the world. The Portbury Dock, like Avonmouth Dock across the river, is impounded and the water level within each dock is maintained by lock gates and impounding pumps. The pumps maintain a minimum water level in the dock when water is lost to the sea through ships entering/exiting the dock [Pump Supplies " [http://www.pumpsupplies.co.uk/casestudies.aspx Pump supplies Case Study] .",] .
Port of Bristol
* [http://www.bristolport.co.uk/index.html The Bristol Port Company website]
* [http://www.dft.gov.uk/stellent/groups/dft_shipping/documents/page/dft_shipping_505277-02.hcsp UK Government DfT Casestudy]
* [http://www.portishead-lifeboat.org.uk Portishead and Bristol Lifeboat]
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