Last year, there was an increase in the trade of several commodities as a result of investment in infrastructure and services by Associated British Ports at its five ports in South Wales.
Chemicals products and steel volumes were both up by 10 per cent; coal cargoes increased by 38 per cent on the 2017 total; timber to support the regional construction industry saw a 22 per cent increase in imports; and the import and export of mineral products doubled in volume compared with the previous year, with a rise of 102 per cent.
The port of Swansea continued to support local wind energy projects last year, handling turbine components for Mynydd y Gwair, a 16 turbine project 15km north of Swansea.
Matthew Kennedy, director, ABP South Wales, said: “Continued investment in our five ports has given both new and longstanding customers the support they need to grow their businesses.
“Our ports are vital strategic assets for the region and represent a unique logistical network for South Wales and they annually contribute £1.5bn to the UK economy while supporting 21,800 jobs across Wales.”