A History of Bird Port

As of April 2004, the cargo handling and port operation of Bird Port has been acquired by Cargo Services (UK) Ltd.

Cargo Services (UK) Ltd has operations in all five of the South Wales ports operated by Associated British Ports and this year plans to start a £2 million investment program in additional warehouse space, plant and equipment at its Roath Dock Cargo Terminal, in the Port of Cardiff. Cardiff Stevedoring is no stranger to the River Usk either, since being appointed by P&O to carry out stevedoring at Lysaghts Wharf when it re-opened in September 2002 to handle the busy seabourne traffic for the Orb Steel Works, part of the Corus PLC Group.

Much of Bird Port's continuing success might be put down to the fact that it remains a private port facility now further supported by the experience of Cargo Services (UK) Group, all working together to provide a complete cargo handling package, whether it be Imports or Export Cargo.This amalgamation of operations and experience has helped us keep a competitive edge in terms of pricing, service and with the opportunity to offer a more flexible approach to Marine logistic.

At Bird Port we have the ability to load and unload a wide variety of materials to meet our customers requirements, the only limitation being the size of the ship with 8,000 tonnes the upper limit for the 225m long 19.8m wide dock. The dock has a flat concrete bottom with a covering of silt and meets with the ordinary requirements of a NAABSA berth (Certificate available on request), with dock gates - unique on the river - Bird Port has the ability to retain up to 6.2 metres of water depending on tidal conditions.

The dock is just part of the operation in Newport, with over £5m spent on upgrading the whole site since 1994, including 15,000 sq metres of warehousing served by seven overhead cranes, this being the most obvious of its additions. The large dock-side Goliath crane is unique to Bird Port and boasts a lifting capability of 40 tonnes which assists in accelerating the loading and discharging of vessels, a factor extremely important to ship owners and customers alike.

Since the facility re-opened in 1994, following the closure of Bell Lines, the list of products handled by the company has increased to include Steel, Timber, Aggregates and palletized goods, with the customer list growing to include most of the large European and home based steel producers. The ample storage facility offers secure covered warehousing for incoming goods and with over 16 acres of open area, the port provides ideal storage for bulk goods such as aggregates and non whether sensitive materials. The facility has increased its handling capability from 100,000 tonnes in 1994 to achieve it's milestone in 2011 with over 520,000 tonnes handled from and destined for The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy and, more increasingly, the Baltic regions.

Following the successful launch of the business Bird Port embarked upon a quality assurance route which culminated in the facility being awarded the BS EN ISO 9001 - 2000 accreditation, one of only a small number of UK ports to achieve and retain this status. The implementation of a fully computerized Port Control System enables us to provide full stock control information and delivery reports as required, with future development possible to allow direct access for customers.

The management team include John Davey (MD) of Cardiff Stevedoring, Tony Davies (MD) of Ryan Transport and Chris Davies of Bird Port. With this combined strength, knowledge and understanding of the shipping and logistic requirements we continue to service customers requirements across the UK.

General enquiries for other Ports Serviced by Cargo Services (UK) Group please contact:-


Peter OBrien, Business Development Manager
Tel: +44 (0)1633 281040
Fax: +44 (0)1633 273826

Or E-mail:

peter@cargoservicesuk.com