Deep Sea Container Terminal

The UK Government has given consent for the construction of Bristol's Deep Sea Container Terminal which will bring the largest container vessels closer to UK markets

Deep sea container terminal photomontage

The Bristol Deep Sea Container Terminal (DSCT) is designed to service not only today’s largest container vessels but also future generations of ultra large container ships (ULCS) entering service with three 400m berths dredged to a depth of 18m.

Bristol is the only deep sea port in the UK with direct motorway and rail from the port to all points of the compass.  It is closer to more of the UK's container destinations than any other deep sea container port reducing time and costs on the inland leg of the journey.  

The pages below provide more information on the new terminal.

Recent trends and changes in the container port market provide the background to Bristol Port's decision to create new facilities at Avonmouth.

There is an imbalance between the established location of UK ports and the distribution of inland container destinations; the inland distance travelled to final destination is increasingly significant for cargo owners.

Bristol's new Deep Sea Container Terminal will open up options for new transhipment trade to Ireland and Europe’s Atlantic Seaboard.

Studies show that Bristol Port is closer to a higher proportion of the UK’s container market than ports in the South and East and has a strong competitive position in a national and international market increasingly sensitive to location.

There are also potential benefits of port expansion for the regional and local economy:

  • Bristol Port has an important role in redevelopment of the South West’s largest industrial centre and can reinforce that role through growth of new port facilities – as recognised in regional and local economic planning strategies

  • already a major employer with over 10,000 jobs directly or indirectly reliant on port-based businesses, the expansion will generate almost 1,800 new jobs - 1,500 by direct employment and the rest by economic multiplier effects.  Some 360 new full time equivalent jobs are expected during the construction phase

  • studies by Bristol Port estimate that the proposed terminal will generate over £114m a year in the local economy through employment and multiplier linkages