One of the country's busiest and most successful deep-water ports, Southampton is a natural choice for a wide range of customers and trades, with facilities to handle virtually any type of cargo. Its natural deep-water harbour and unique double tide allow unrestricted access for the world's largest vessels.Southampton is the UK's leading vehicle-handling port, and has long been the UK's principal cruise port, handling almost half a million passengers in 2003. It is also a major handler of liquid and dry bulks and containers, and almost half of the UK's containerised trade with the whole of the Far East is handled at this port. Around 23 million tonnes of oil and petroleum-related products are handled at the oil refineries of Esso, Fawley, BP and at Hamble, each year.