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Solent Stevedores looks across the Channel – and extends London Gateway site

[ February 8, 2021   //   ]

Southampton-based Solent Stevedores has set up a subsidiary company, Saint-Malo Stevedores.

It has committed to invest €1million in new equipment in the French Channel Port and has secured a €200,000 grant from the Brittany region. The investment includes the purchase of new tugs for ro ro operations, forklifts and a loading shovel.

Operations by 14 dockers and a two-strong management team will see up to 200,000 tonnes of dry bulk and break bulk cargo pass through the port each year and in excess of 500,000 passengers.

Director of Saint-Malo Stevedores, Hans Uiterdijk, said: “We have a real opportunity to develop operations beyond the current cargo traffic that we’re seeing and we hope that with the experience brought into the port from Solent Stevedores, we could potentially create some synergies to import cargo from the UK.”

Solent Stevedores active in stevedoring, fresh produce and bulk cargo and cruise and operates a rail terminal in the port of Southampton.

Solent Stevedores has also expanded its existing London Gateway with a £5 million investment in empty container handling, storage maintenance, repair and shunting operations. It increases the size of the site from 5 to 8 acres and raises storage capability by about 40% to 3,500teu.

The number of container lifts each day increases from 200 to over 300.