More About Hull

Port House: Northern Gateway, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU9 5PQ

Hull port owns and operates the UK's first fully-enclosed cargo-handling facility providing all-weather working for various types of weather-sensitive cargoes including steel and bagged products.


  • Hull Container Terminal at Queen Elizabeth Dock handles over 100,000 teu each year for Samskip, which provides daily week-day sailings to Rotterdam, and MacAndrews, which provides two sailings a week to the Baltic States

  • It provides 580 m of quay and over 7.5 ha of storage for all types of container, including refrigerated units and hazardous goods

Dry bulks

  • Hull handles aggregates, agribulks, animal feed, cement, chemicals, coal, cocoa, salt, and grain

  • The port has extensive covered and open storage space, with state-of-the-art handling equipment  

Paper and forest products

  • Hull is on the softwood timber trade routes from Northern Europe, Russia, the Baltic States, and Scandinavia

  • A wide range of paper products and specialist paper-handling vessels can be accommodated at The Finland Terminal, which has more than 70,000 sq m of covered storage 

  • A range of forest products such as chipboard, plywood, fibreboards and veneers are also handled  

 Fresh produce and perishables

  • The port is a land-and-sale point for wet fish from local trawlers and from all over the British Isles

  • A facility for freezer trawlers to land their catches directly into cold storage from an adjacent quay

  • Hull Cold Store has over 24,000 cu m cold storage and is equipped with a 10,000-pallet capacity and can freeze products down to -25º C

  • Hull Cold Store also has EFSIS cold store quality accreditation and USDA approval  

General cargo

  • Storage facilities for general cargo incorporate over 40 transit sheds covering 230,000 sq m and 65 ha of open storage

  • Groupage services and cargo consolidation are available  

Liquid bulks

  • Liquid bulk handling plays an increasingly important role at the port

  • The port handles a wide variety of edible oils, petroleum-based and chemical products

  • Facilities are available for bulk liquids to be discharged directly to road tankers or tanker barges

  • The port offers excellent access to European or worldwide markets for the export of finished products  

RoRo, passengers and cruises

  • P&O Ferries operate Terminals 1 and 2 for their daily Hull-Rotterdam and Hull-Zeebrugge freight, car, and passenger crossings

  • The P&O services handle more than one million passengers a year

  • A regular service between Hull and Helsinki, Hamina and Rauma, is operated by Finnlines

  • Hull provides the only passenger service from the Humber Estuary 

  • An increasingly popular port of call from cruises, with access to the nearby tourist areas of Yorkshire   

Hull All Weather Terminal

  • UK's first fully-enclosed cargo-handling facility providing all-weather working for various types of weather-sensitive cargoes including steel and bagged products

  • ISO9001:2000 accredited

  • Hull handles steel and metal cargoes at a number of other terminals  

Offshore wind

  • In January 2011, Siemens announced it had chosen the Port of Hull as its preferred location to develop its new offshore wind turbine manufacturing and export facility, involving a £200m regeneration of the port's Alexandra Dock

  • The 130 acre site has existing planning consent for the development of a 600 m riverside berth

  • Please visit for full details  

All our ports are capable of handling a vast array of cargo. Please contact us even if the capability you are interested in is not listed above.

Key statistics and berthing information

  • Handles around 10 million tonnes each year

  • Total port acreage = 3,000 acres 

Normal acceptance dimension of vessels
Dock, Jetty or QuayQuay lengthDepth of WaterLengthBeamDraughtApprox. dwt
Saltend Jetty No.1 9.8 m (tidal)214.0 m40.2 m10.4 m37,000
Saltend Jetty No.3 9.8 m (tidal)214.0 m40.2 m10.4 m37,000
King George & Queen Elizabeth Docks5,069 m11.3 m (impounded)199.0 m25.5 m10.4 m34,000
River Terminal 1 7.0 m215.0 m32.0 m6.5 m12,000
Alexandra Dock4,082 m8.3 m153.0 m23.7 m7.9 m*9,000
Alexandra Dock extension 8.3 m122.0 m19.7 m7.9 m*6,000
Riverside Quay325 m4.8 m (tidal) 30.0 m4.5 m4,500
Albert & William Wright Docks3,453 m6.5 m122.0 m22.0 m7.0 m5,000
Dry dock facilitiesNet lengthWidth of dock at copeWidth of entrance
Depth of water on sill
    At MHWSAt MHW 
Alexandra Dock No.1139 m24.6 m17.2 m5.4 m3.9 m 
Alexandra Dock No.2153 m27.1 m18.6 m6.1 m4.6 m 
William Wright Dock137 m25.9 m15.2 m6.5 m5.0 m 
Any queries regarding pilotage or VHF coverage should be directed to the Harbour Master
*Subject to tide depth