The Port of Swansea has capacity to handle vessels of up to 30,000 dwt and provides berths and facilities for most types of cargo. The port is less than three miles by dual carriageway to Junction 42 of the M4 and has direct links to the national rail network.

Dry bulks

  • Handles cement, minerals, agribulks, aggregates, and dredged sand

Minerals and ores

  • No. 4 Quay in King's Dock is used for grab-loading of coal and can handle substantial volumes of power-station coal for direct loading to the terminal's rail sidings

  • Graigola Wharf provides a 3 ha quayside site with cranes, handling equipment, and concrete surfacing licensed for the storage and screening of coal and other bulk products 

Forest products

  • Receives regular shipments of sawn timber and board products from the Far East, Southern Europe, South America, and the Baltic States

  • Log cargoes are handled at the Rose Wharf Terminal

  • Regular shipments of wood pulp are handled on behalf of a number of producers who supply local and national tissue manufacturers 

Steel and general cargo

  • Accommodates many types of steel, general, project, and heavy-lift cargoes in vessels of up to 30,000 dwt

  • D-shed terminal offers 15,000 sq m of warehousing and large areas of paved open storage for non-weather sensitive cargo, and is complemented with a range of cranes and handling equipment

  • Exports of recycled metal area also handled 

Passengers and cruises

  • While close to Swansea City centre, the Gower Peninsular and other local tourist attractions are within easy reach

  • Offers facilities and services to accommodate cruise vessels, depending on requirements

  • Facilities are available for both turnaround and call-in cruise visits 


  • Swansea Ferryport comprises a berth with passenger facilities and car-marshalling areas

  • A regular ferry service, operated by Fastnet Line, links Swansea with Cork in southern Ireland 

Offshore wind

  • Ideally located to serve both the assembly and O&M needs of wind and tidal projects being developed in the Bristol Channel

  • Currently has a 16 ha site available for development by the offshore wind industry 

Key statistics and berthing information

  • Handles around 600,000 tonnes annually

  • Total port acreage = 521 



Maximum theoretical acceptance of the lock*

Dock, Jetty or Quay

Quay length

Depth of Water




Approx. dwt

King’s Dock

3,586 m

10.06 m

200 m

26.2 m

9.9 m


Queen’s Dock


10.67 m

200 m

26.2 m

9.9 m


*actual acceptance on specific berths is subject to the details set out in the acceptance table (click here to view) and in some cases subject to Harbour Master approval.