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The international gateway to Scotland's industrial heartland, Clydeport is four port facilities in one and the controlling Port Authority for 450 square miles of the mighty Clyde.
Together, the four locations of Hunterston, Greenock, King George 5th Dock in Glasgow and Ardrossan handle more than 12 million tonnes of cargo a year.
Hunterston's dry bulk terminal, one of the finest in Western Europe, offers a depth of water up to 26 metres, enabling ships up to 350,000 tonnes to berth at all states of the tide to discharge coal which is moved by a mile long conveyor to a highly mechanised stockyard of 120 acres.
Twelve trains a day carry coal to power stations serving Scotland and another 8 trains take the fuel to electricity generators in the North of England and English Midlands. Yet more coal is distributed by a regular transhipment service from the Clyde to the Manchester Ship Canal for onward transportation by another two daily trains.
Greenock Ocean Terminal, a deep water port facility offering ships access at any state of the tide, plays host to regular container services linking with the Iberian Peninsula, Ireland and North West and Southern England. Its modern facilities which include 200,000 sq ft of covered storage space, also handle forest products such as pulp, paper and plywood and are an increasingly popular port of call for cruise ships and their passengers.
Close to the centre of the City of Glasgow, the traditional King George 5th Dock maintains covered and open facilities for a range of traffics from animal feed to forest products, from project cargoes to scrap metal for recycling.
The fourth facility within the Clydeport operation is Ardrossan, a roll-on roll-off ferry port and gateway to the isles of Scotland.
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