Port of Barry

The Port of Barry, nine miles west of Cardiff, is a key facility for the region's chemical industry, handling liquid bulks for major companies including Dow Corning. Barry also has considerable expertise in the handling of steel, scrap metal, containers, dry bulks, coal, and aggregates. The port has direct rail connections and a link road connects the port to Junction 33 of the M4. 

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  • An intermodal rail terminal facilitates container transportation by rail to UK deep-sea hub ports 

Dry bulks

  • Specialised handling equipment

  • Handles a wide variety of bulk cargoes including coal, cement, and aggregates 

Forest products

  • Handles direct imports of Scandinavian and Baltic timber 

General cargo

  • Cranes, mechanical handling equipment and weighbridge available

  • Over 14,000 sq m of warehousing and extensive open storage facilities

  • Stern and three-quarter ramp discharge available for roro vessels 

Liquid bulks

  • Handles large volumes of liquid bulks for local chemical industry

  • Vopak provides 45,000 cu m of liquid bulk storage 

Steel and other metals

  • Provides both covered and outside storage facilities for steel cargoes

  • Recycled-metal import and export terminal with rail connection 

Key statistics and berthing information

  • 281,000 tonnes handled in 2010

  • Total port acreage = 531 acres 


Normal acceptance dimension of vessels
Dock, Jetty or Quay
Quay length
Depth of Water
Approx. dwt
No.1 Dock
1,580 m
9.5 m
178 m
19.2 m (23.8m*)
9.0 m
No. 2 Dock
2,838 m
9.5 m
178 m
19.2 m (23.8m*)
9.0 m
No. 3 Dock
622 m
178 m
19.2 m (23.8m*)
9.0 m
*Vessels up to 23.8 m may enter through No.3 Dock where draught restrictions will apply