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Southampton firm hits new heights

[ September 16, 2016   //   ]

Southampton-based Williams Shipping is investing £250,000 in cargo handling equipment, including a Hyster reach stacker, and a new cargo handling yard.
Development of its new yard included demolition of a warehouse, the construction of a heavy duty concrete slab and creation of new workspace. The reach stacker allows stacking of containers weighing up to 45 tonnes.
The Millbrook-based business also aims to recruit six new employees.
Managing director of the Williams Shipping logistics division, Jonathan Williams said: “Cargo handling and transport are a major growth area for us and this investment allows us to grow the business as part of our strategic long-term plan…For a long time we have provided heavy haulage, and this new service allows us to link this service directly to the port which is on our doorstep.
“It also ties in with our marine facilities, where we already handle loads on and off the quay with our 100 tonne crane and 200m of quayside.”
The investment has been supported by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
The 80-strong Williams Shipping group includes marine services, transport and storage, marine lubricants and container hire and sales.
Clients include freight forwarders, logistics firms, shipping lines and shipping agents.
A proportion of funding for the expansion came via the Solent LEP.
Williams Shipping has two sites in the city as well as a marine base at Pembroke Dock in south-west Wales.