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Severn Ports (Shipping)

Volume 115: debated on Wednesday 6 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport what information he has as to the maximum size of ships in deadweight tonnage so far handled by each of the ports of the Severn estuary.

According to "Lloyd's Ports of the World 1987" the deadweight tonnage of the largest ship handled in each of the main ports is:

Number
Barry27,343
Cardiff23,788
Newport39,239
Sharpness6,000
Bristol is said to be able to accommodate ships up to 70,000 deadweight tons.The constraining factors on ship size in these ports are the length, beam and draught that can be accommodated in their entry locks.