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chemical liquid-bulk cargoes and the extension of facilities for Willie Line, which operates a weekly liner service between Bilbao in Spain and Cardiff. At the Port of Swansea, a new business handling cargoes of wood pulp for Tilhill Forestry Ltd a wholly-owned subsidiary of UPM Kymmene, one of the world s leading paper companies began towards the end of 2002. In addition, timber throughput increased significantly, driven by the growth in business experienced by the port s customer, RKL Plywood (UK) Ltd.

Swansea s agribulk trade also performed strongly, following a 1.8 million investment in St David s Agribulk Terminal, built on the back of a term agreement with Hydro Agri, the largest manufacturer of plant nutrient products in the world. A 2,500 sq m Social Media Marketing Services expansion to the facility operated by Dan Morrissey (UK) Ltd was completed to accommodate growth in cement volumes and Swansea Cork Ferries now operating its recently-acquired superferry – successfully extended its seasonal service to include Christmas and the New Year.


This is not only a reflection of the resilience of our business, but also the commitment and hard work of ABP s team across South Wales. John Doherty has been appointed Operations Manager, South Wales, for Associated British Ports (ABP) five ports in the region – Cardiff, Barry, Swansea, Port Talbot and Newport. Previously Operations Superintendent for Cardiff & Barry, John joined ABP s predecessor company, the British Transport Docks Board, in 1974.

In his new role, John will be responsible for the safe and efficient delivery of all stevedoring and operational activities at ABP s South Wales Ports, and ensure a flexible service to customers requirements to meet the changing needs of the region s businesses. Having spent most of his working life in cargo-handling and stevedoring, John has a wealth of operational experience, which will clearly be very useful in his new job.