24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ports are working to keep the UK's trade moving smoothly. They are fascinating environments with a diverse range of specialisms and where two days are rarely the same.
Here at the Port of Milford Haven, which is on the west coast of Wales and is the UK's largest energy port, our primary role is to manage the safe use of the waterway. Our operations extend to include a deep water cargo port, a ferry terminal, a marina, property management and Wales' largest fishing docks.
The people who work for the Port and for the other businesses who operate on the waterway have fascinating stories to share; stories that demonstrate the role played by ports in today's world.
A pilot's perspective - marine pilots are highly skilled experts. They are responsible for the safe movement of vessels from sea, berth and anchorage. Gillian, the most recent pilot to join our team, shares her view of the port.
Monster tugs - tugs play a vital role in helping the safe movement of vessels in the waterway. Svitzer, who operate a fleet of tugs, tells us more about the importance of these waterway powerhouses.
Training the experts - the Port opened a new marine navigation simulator suite recently. Capt Hardcastle talks about the state of the art facility.
Keeping leisure users safe - the Milford Haven Waterway is not just used by commercial traffic, it is a top recreation site in Pembrokeshire. Brian is the Port's Water Ranger and he plays a key role in keep leisure users safe.