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New steel handling site for Thamesport

[ December 1, 2016   //   ]

London Thamesport has signed an agreement with Runcorn-headquartered shipping agent and logistics company the Armitt Group for a purpose-built, 120,000sq ft steel handling facility at the Kent port.

With construction of the first 60,000sq ft phase well underway, it will offer multimodal connections for breakbulk cargo in the South East of England.

Managing Director of Thamesport owner Hutchison Ports Europe, Clemence Cheng, said: “The investment demonstrates the port’s advantages for multi-purpose, as well as containerised, cargoes. As well as a renowned ship’s agency, the Armitt Group is one of the UK’s leading specialists in the handling of steel products and the excellent combination of deep-water and multimodal rail and road connections at London Thamesport will provide it with a platform from which to develop its business.”

Armitt managing director, Charles Gray, Managing added: “We see this new relationship with London Thamesport as a great opportunity to open up a new supply chain corridor for The Armitt Group to service European and Far Eastern markets and is a critical link in our plans to develop a fully integrated supply chain across the UK.”

The facility will has been designed specifically for the handling of high quality steel products. The investment is the first in a three stage plan by the Armitt Group to develop similar multimodal facilities in the Midlands and North of the UK within the next three years.

The terminal will include 15m water depth and be able to handle ships up to post-panamax size. Armitt hopes also to develop a similar facility for the North-west of England, although it already has extensive facilities in this part of the country.


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