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Peel buys Quality in Cheshire

[ May 20, 2019   //   ]

Peel Ports has acquired Cheshire-based chartering and port services company Quality Freight for an undisclosed amount. It operates from a 40 acre multi modal facility at Ellesmere Port on the Manchester Ship Canal, where it operates six berths and has its own private rail siding.

It is a major operator in the windfarm and project freight sector, recently completing the logistics for Enercon’s windfarm project in mid Wales. The M53 and M56 motorways are a few yards from the port gate and it is the main point of entry for various project contracts.

Quality Freight also handles regular containers on the BG Freight service on the canal.

Commenting on the acquisition, Peel Ports chief exective Mark Whitworth (pictured, below), said: “Our strategy is to be a leading UK provider of port centric logistics solutions. The acquisition of Quality Freight is an important step in extending the range of value added services beyond the core stevedoring and storage services typically offered by Peel Ports. We are looking to drive additional volume through our infrastructure and the Quality Freight business model will allow us to deliver that objective.”

Sebastian Gardiner, will continue as managing director of the business which will continue to trade under the Quality Freight name. He commented: “I believe that this is an important milestone which will allow the Quality Freight business to both continue growing and allow it to explore other opportunities with existing and new customers.”