Friday, 16 January 2009

Bristol box terminal plans set to proceed on fast track;jsessionid=8F36A32D7175BE6CC147B804377BE8DD

BRISTOL Port Co is hoping for swift approval of its plans for a deepsea container terminal, following confirmation that no public inquiry will be required, writes Felicity Landon.

The Department for Transport has written a letter to the port accepting that the port has reached agreement with all former objectors.

The Bristol Port Company plans to create a deep water container terminal at Avonmouth.

As one of the country's fastest growing ports Bristol is developing its role as a gateway container port for the UK and a transshipment point for the Atlantic seaboard and Europe.

The port has excellent rail and road links, it is close to a large part of the UK's container market, and there is a deep water channel in the Severn Estuary already used by the port. As a result of these inherent advantages Bristol Port plans to expand its facilities with a new deep sea container terminal (DSCT) in the Bristol Channel. The terminal is designed to service not only today’s largest container vessels, but also future generations of ultra large container ships (ULCS) when they enter service.

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