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Grangemouth gets ready for the rush

[ May 18, 2018   //   ]

Scotland’s main container port Grangemouth says it is well underway with a multi-million pound investment programme to boost its capacity by around 1,000teu. The programme includes container terminal surfacing upgrades, a new terminal operating system, warehouse development and a ship to shore crane.

The £2m investment will be finished later this year in time for the peak volume period and will also cater for any additional demands that may be placed on container storage times as a result of changes to customs processes through Brexit.

Construction has begun on a new 100,000 sq.ft. warehouse within the port estate which is due to be complete by December this year.  Directly linked to the container terminal and with access to the rail siding, it will offer portcentric solutions and extend the Container Freight Station service offering.

The port is also due to take delivery of a new ship to shore container crane in August while the first phase of a new IT Terminal operating system is due to be implemented in June.

Grangemouth’s port manager, Derek Knox, said: “Our investment in Grangemouth keeps us well ahead of the market in Scotland and ensures that we are equipped to meet the future demands of our customers. It is so important that we deliver fast turnaround times to maintain container vessel schedules and ensure their reliability to service the Scottish export market and prepare for the future challenges that Brexit may introduce.

“We are Scotland’s largest container port and we handle some of the country’s most valuable exports, such as fine foods and drinks and we will continue to invest in the port and seek further opportunities to increase capacity, create portcentric warehousing and service improvements.”

Forth Ports Busiest Day
Pic Peter Devlin

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