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Updated: From ship to warehouse in 500 metres

[ December 9, 2014   //   ]

The UK’s largest container port, Felixstowe, is developing 1.45 million sq ft of warehousing on a 68-acre site, tailored to the needs of its customers. The port’s CEO, Clemence Cheng, said it would have “the key advantage of being located within the port’s perimeter” – less than 100 metres from Berths 8 and 9 which handles the world’s largest container ships, and only 500 metres from Trinity terminal. Both terminals can be accessed on internal roads.

Cheng added: “For both UK and northern European distribution, occupiers will benefit from the unrivalled range of road, rail and short-sea carriage available at Felixstowe. The site is located adjacent to No.1 Gate with immediate access to the A14 and very close to the port’s three rail terminals. With 60 freight train movements each day this opens up a wide range of sustainable transport options.”

The Port of Felixstowe is being advised by First Industrial on the development of the Logistics Park. It follows the planning consent received by Uniserve, the UK’s largest independent international freight and logistics company, for its first 500,000sq ft ‘Super DC to be located at Felixstowe.

Mr Cheng said: “We expect huge interest in this site. The ability to create a purpose-built warehouse at the UK’s largest container port with all the advantages that brings is an exciting prospect for importers, retailers and third-party logistics providers.”

Felixstowe also claims to be the first port in the UK to offer a mobile phone app giving container status information. Notification emails can be requested when a named ship arrives in the port and when containers are discharged, cleared and ready for collection. It includes the haulier and shipping Information tools from the Port of Felixstowe website and also tracks containers or specific vessels, the latest 5-day weather forecast for the port and details of freight train arrivals and departures.

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First Industrial development director Simon Jenkins, (left) and Felixstowe CEO Clemence Cheng