After an overnight stay nearby for those who wished, the group met at 10.30am and enjoyed an informative minibus tour of both sites. We were accompanied by Martin Downey CEng, Director, who ably and thoroughly answered all members’ questions.
The Royal Portbury Dock tour encompassed the forest products terminal, lock gates, car terminal, animal feed/grain sheds, bulk terminal and jet fuel terminal.
At Avonmouth Dock, across the river, the various sights included the scrap metal terminal, oil basin, wind turbines, cruise terminal and fresh produce terminal. In addition, attendees were shown the foreshore with information on its wildlife and the proposed deep sea container terminal site, as well as hearing about the history of the dock which dates back to 1870.