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Profile information for W. E. Dowds Shipping Ltd.

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W. E. Dowds Shipping Ltd.

Alexandra Docks
South Wales
NP20 2UW
United Kingdom
Tel: 01633 779900
Fax: 01633 779901
Mobile: 07768 344474

Company Information:

W.E.Dowds Ltd is a private family owned business founded in 1960, which from its inception handled general cargoes such as fertiliser, animal feed, timber, minerals, aluminium, and steel from its riverside wharf in Newport. In 1989 the company transferred its business into the North dock at Newport, agreeing a long-term contract with Associated British Ports Plc.


Having made a strategic decision to concentrate on the handling of steel products the business expanded and the company built two new warehouses in the North Dock and then opened a Deep Sea terminal, with associated warehousing, in the South Dock.


The decision concentrate on the handling of steel products in each of the 11 warehouses meant that each unit needed to be equipped with internal gantry cranes and also linked in a high-speed data wireless network with the main offices. This project was completed in each warehouse during 2001 and 7 Shed which was opened in August 2005, has the facility to load/discharge up to 18 rail wagons inside the facility allowing Dowds to supplement road haulage with deliveries directly to the dock rail network. The most recent acqusition was an 80,000sq ft facility in the ABP port of Cardiff which offers customers an alternative to the Newport operation.


W.E Dowds concluded a new long term agreement with partners Associated British Ports in 2005 and this in turn enabled an agreement to be reached for a new warehouse capable of storing 30,000tonne of Steel coil on the North side of the dock and also an additional 2 Acres of hard surface area for the external storage of steel products.