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Scots port sees double

[ March 29, 2017   //   ]

Peel Ports says its Greenock Ocean Terminal near Glasgow expects to double its business in the next five years thanks to the opening of Liverpool2.

Greenock, which exports goods including Scotch whisky and Scottish food stuffs – is projected to handle 200,000teu a year by 2021, compared with 100,000teu currently.

Port director, Peel Ports’ Clydeport, Andrew Hemphill, explains: “The opening of Liverpool2 has transformed the playing field for us, bringing deep-sea connections much closer to Scotland and we are now in a unique position thanks to our Irish Sea Hubs. Mega ocean container ships can now call directly into Liverpool, which acts as a feeder hub to us in Greenock, Ireland and Manchester, allowing closer import and export routes to market.

“It is a more commercially viable, sustainable way to move goods around by sea. Our connections will take traffic off of Britain’s already busy motorways and offer a cheaper more environmentally friendly method of transportation. I expect shipping lines will see our Irish Sea Hub as an attractive alternative to the status quo.”

Clydeport recently recruited Gillian Johnson (pictured) as sales manager in January 2017, bringing with her 25 years’ industry experience. Also the current chair of the Glasgow Freight Club, she plans to challenge historic assumptions and encourage customers to take a good look at their existing supply chains to uncover time and cost savings.

Future plans include extending the quayside by 150 metres to support larger vessels; the three existing cranes can lift up to 40 tonnes and outreach across 13 containers.

The port also has 25,000sq mof modern multi-user warehousing and up to 80 reefer points.

Many of the Port’s customers use the facility to store imported and exported commodities as well as goods that have been unstuffed, in preparation for onward distribution.

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