Bird Port is the most easterly port in South Wales and has the distinction of being the nearest South Wales Port to the Midlands and is less than two miles from the M4 and M5 Motorway network. It is also rail connected and is equipped with an All Weather Rail & Ships Terminal.
Bird Port is classed as a NAABSA berth, which the initials stand for "Not Always Afloat, But Safely Aground" is one which is subject to tidal conditions as the Severn Estuary has the second largest rise and fall in the world.
Bird Port, which is a privately owned facility, is currently operated by the Cargo Services (UK) Group as Cargo Services (Bird Port) Ltd, is the busiest wharf on the River Usk, regularly handling around 500,000 tonnes of cargo each year, comprising mainly steel and bulk products.
All of the Ports modern undercover storage facilities which total over 160,000sq ft are equipped with specialist heavy duty gantry cranes for handling steel products. It has two unique 43 tonne & 35 tonne capacity Goliath Gantry Cranes which span the dock, and can achieve a high output performance - crucial to the port's ability in being able to turn vessels round quickly; a unique facility in that it is the first such cargo handling building of its kind to be built in Wales and indeed anywhere else on the West Coast of the United Kingdom or Western Coast of Europe for loading and unloading sea-going vessels with the cargo fully protected at all times from adverse weather conditions. In October 2014, the M.V. Luhnau was discharged in under 4 hours with a coil cargo of 3551.839 tonnes (an average of 45 coils an hour).
The dock itself is 228 metres long and 21.33 metres wide and can accommodate vessels up to 8,000 dwt with a beam of 19.5 metres. The dock has a flat concrete floor where vessels can sit comfortably NAABSA if their draught exceeds 6.2 metres. The dock does have a set of lock gates also which can hold a depth of water of 6.2 metres. It can take vessels with a maximum draught of 9.00 metres on Spring Tides and 4.6 metres minimum draught on neap Tides.
There is an air draught limitation of 21.5 metres on vessels entering the dock.
Expansion of Bird Port is also moving forward and the opening of a second dock - Bird Port 2 - which became fully operational in September 2014. Although smaller than its "big brother" with a quay length of 140 metres it will still be able to handle coaster vessels in excess of 3000 tonnes.