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The ROYAL PORTBURY DOCK is part of the Port of Bristol
Bristol
, in England
England
. It is situated near the village of Portbury on the southern side of the mouth of the Avon , where the river joins the Severn
Severn
estuary — the Avonmouth Docks
Avonmouth Docks
are on the opposite side of the Avon, within Avonmouth
Avonmouth
. The deepwater dock was constructed between 1972 and 1977, and is now a major port for the import of motor vehicles into the UK . The M5 motorway
M5 motorway
runs nearby, and the huge car storage compounds around the dock are visible from the Avonmouth
Avonmouth
Bridge . A waste industrial area west of the port is being developed as the Portbury Ashlands Nature Reserve.

The Royal Portbury Dock has the largest entrance lock into any UK port, accommodating vessels up to 41 m (135 ft) beam, 290 m (951 ft) length and 14.5 m (48 ft) draft.

CONTENTS

* 1 Operator * 2 Trades * 3 Technical * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links

OPERATOR

The dock is now operated by The Bristol
Bristol
Port Company, which also operates Avonmouth Docks
Avonmouth Docks
, and has done since 1991 when it purchased a 150-year lease from Bristol
Bristol
City Council. Between 2000 and 2002 the Portishead Railway was repaired and extended to the dock at a cost of £21 million.

TRADES

Container ship unloading

Motor vehicles are both loaded and discharged, and stored on paved quay areas and storage compounds. In 2004, over 650,000 vehicles were handled. 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.

Coal and other bulk cargoes can be discharged with two continuous ship unloaders and two gantry grab cranes, allowing for 5,000 tonne per hour throughput.

Since 2013 the wings for the Airbus A400M Atlas
Airbus A400M Atlas
have left Portbury on 3 specialised ferries including the Ville De Bordeaux
Ville De Bordeaux
, after travelling from the factory at Filton
Filton
. They go via St Nazaire
St Nazaire
to Seville
Seville
. This is part of the Itinéraire à Grand Gabarit transportation system.

Containers and Forest Products are also handled at the dock.

TECHNICAL

Bristol
Bristol
Area Railway Map

Legend

Cross Country Route
Cross Country Route

Thornbury Branch Line

Yate

South Wales Main Line
South Wales Main Line

New Passage Pier

Westerleigh Junction

New Passage Halt

Cross Hands Halt

South Wales Main Line
South Wales Main Line

Pilning

Severn
Severn
Beach

Coalpit Heath

Severn
Severn
View Industrial Park

Winterbourne

Chittening Industrial Estate

BRISTOL PARKWAY

Patchway

Smoke Lane Industrial Estate

Ram Hill Colliery

Chittening Platform

Hallen Halt

Avonmouth Docks
Avonmouth Docks

Henbury

St Andrews Road

Charlton Halt

Avonmouth
Avonmouth
(BPRP)

North Filton
Filton
Platform

Filton
Filton
Triangle Depot

Avonmouth
Avonmouth
(Royal Edward)

Westerleigh Goods Depot

Avonmouth Docks
Avonmouth Docks

Avonmouth
Avonmouth

Filton
Filton
Junction

Avonmouth
Avonmouth
Light Railway

Filton
Filton

Avonmouth Docks
Avonmouth Docks

Filton
Filton
Abbey Wood

Shirehampton

Horfield

Sea Mills

Ashley Hill

Clifton Down Tunnel

Mangotsfield (1845–1869)

Clifton Down

Mangotsfield (1869–1966)

Redland

Staple Hill

Montpelier

Fishponds

Hotwells Halt

Hotwells

Narroways Hill Junction

Stapleton Road sidings

Grey line represents

Stapleton Road

boundary of Bristol
Bristol

Warmley

unitary authority area

Lawrence Hill

Waste depot

Oldland Common

Bristol
Bristol
St Philip\'s

Barton Hill Depot

St Mary Redcliffe
St Mary Redcliffe
tunnel

Avon Valley Railway

BRISTOL TEMPLE MEADS

BRISTOL TEMPLE MEADS

Bristol
Bristol
Harbour Railway

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Bedminster

Parson Street

Bristol
Bristol
Docks (North)

Bristol
Bristol
Docks (South)

South Liberty Lane Depot

East Depot

Bitton

Ashton Gate

St Anne\'s Park

Clifton Bridge

Brislington

Nightingale Valley Halt

Long Ashton

Ham Green Halt

Avon Riverside

Pill

Keynsham

Portbury shipyard

Whitchurch Halt

Royal Portbury Dock

Kelston

Portbury Shipyard

Saltford

Portbury

Mangotsfield Branch Line

(1954–1964) Portishead

Great Western Main Line
Great Western Main Line

Weston, Clevedon and

Portishead Light Railway

Bristol
Bristol
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Bristol
Bristol
to Exeter Line

Portishead Pier

The port experiences the second largest tidal range in the world. The Portbury Dock, like Avonmouth
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.

SEE ALSO

* Port of Bristol
Bristol

REFERENCES

* ^ Portishead Railway Group, 2006. "History of the Portishead Railway." * ^ "Motor Vehicles – Trades". The Bristol
Bristol
Port Company. Retrieved 2008-12-20. * ^ "Bulk (Coal) – Trades". The Bristol
Bristol
Port Company. Retrieved 2008-12-20. * ^ "PBA Design Helps Put New Airbus A400M Wings on Road to Success". Peter Brett. Retrieved 13 March 2015. * ^ "First A400M wings for Royal Air Force leave for final assembly line". Royal Air Force. Retrieved 13 March 2015. * ^ Ribbeck, Michael (16 February 2013). "Airbus wings made in Filton
Filton
begin their long trip from Bristol
Bristol
to Spain ... by sea". Bristol
Bristol
Post. Retrieved 13 March 2015. * ^ Pump Supplies "Pump supplies Case Study.",

EXTERNAL LINKS