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New PD Ports site cuts turnaround times on the Trent

[ December 14, 2021   //   ]

PD Ports has opened a £0.5 million warehouse unveiled at its Groveport site near Scunthorpe on the River Trent. The 10,000sq.ft. transit building is an interim storage location for cargo that improve the turnaround time on vessels carrying weather-sensitive cargo, including fertiliser and steel hollow sections, allowing for temporary, covered quayside storage before transportation to a main warehousing facility on site.

This investment will maximise the efficiency of the ship-to-shore cranes, decreasing the time vessels stay in port and cutting chartering costs to the customer.

PD Ports Chief Commercial Officer, Geoff Lippitt, said: “This new investment forms part of our wider plans to diversify the cargos we currently handle and will make Groveport a highly attractive option for businesses dealing with weather-sensitive products.”

Trading managing director at long-standing customer, All Steels Trading, Laurence McDougall, said, “After nearly two years of disruption caused by the pandemic and all the associated operational constraints, I just wanted to communicate All Steels Trading’s pleasing satisfaction of the newly installed quayside warehouse at Groveport.

“The proximity of this large quayside warehouse, immediately adjacent to the berth, has significantly improved discharge speeds and, with vessel availability being so tight in the current market, off-loading speeds have never been so important.

“The introduction of this new facility has certainly helped to strengthen PD Ports, and Groveport’s, reputation in the market as a company making investments to advance its infrastructure to the benefit of its steel trading tenants and their supply chains.”

Teesside-headquartered PD Ports owns and operates five sites on or near the Humber including Groveport, Hull, Howden, Immingham and Keadby.