Plans for a new £500m deep sea container terminal in the Severn Estuary off Avonmouth have been submitted to the Government. A decision on the scheme should be made by early 2009 and construction could begin by 2010. The new terminal could be operational in three to four years and would involve tidal works including dredging of the channel approach to the Severn Estuary. During the building works, the existing disused oil tanker jetty would have to be demolished and a 1.2m operational quay wall would be constructed.
The terminal would be built on nearby reclaimed and brownfield land and would have facilities for three deep water berths at all tides. The berths are designed to take the most modern of Ultra Large Container Ships.
Tugs approaching large Portbury boundship off Portishead