Our two container terminals with their scheduled services provide extensive connectivity, efficient container handling and bring containers closer to UK markets

Bristol is connected to all key global trading points
Gantry cranes at Royal Portbury Dock
Gantry cranes at Royal Portbury Dock

Bristol is the UK's most centrally located container port, located on England's west coast and has two container terminals. In providing marine services, stevedoring and quayside operations, we offer a complete package to both deep-sea and short-sea container operators using our permanently employed workforce.

The Bristol Port Company handles containers at both the Portbury and Avonmouth terminals.  Portbury Container Terminal (details below) handles larger vessels including the weekly MSC feeder from Antwerp.  The Avonmouth Container Terminal (details below) serves smaller vessels with rapid turnaroud time for smaller volumes.

The consented Deep Sea Container Terminal will add a further 1.5m TEU.  With berthing pockets dredged to 18 metres the new terminal will provide a key gateway for container ships - including the new generation of Ultra Large Container Ships - to access UK markets.  We are ready to build as soon as market conditions are right.

For further information about our existing and future container services call us on +44 (0)117 982 0000 or email our Commercial team

Existing carriers
Line Route Contact details
MSC Two weekly feeder services connecting to worldwide services

01473 277777




Weekly feeder service "DUNK" connecting over Dunkirk to FE services



Suardiaz Container Line


Weekly service to and from Bilbao




Weekly service to and from Bilbao
(joint service with Suardiaz)


+49 40 36158-0


Cronus Logistics

Three sailings per week each way to/from Warren Point, Northern Ireland


02841 753241



Royal Portbury Dock has a quay length of 600 metres and can accommodate vessels of up to 14.5 metres arrival draft. There are three gantry cranes - two post-Panamax and one Panamax - as well as extensive modern warehousing adjacent to the container storage area for port centric logistics solutions. 

Portbury is directly connected to both the motorway and rail networks for speedy transit of your goods.