New Thames crossing is vital, says Tilbury chief

Forth Ports chief executive Charles Hammond has described the Lower Thames Crossing as crucial to the port of Tilbury, as the ten-week statutory consultation for the scheme got underway on 10 October. He said: "As the fastest growing UK port, it is crucial that this project enhances Tilbury's northbound and southbound connectivity. We remain committed to achieving a direct road connection off the proposed LTC Tilbury junction into the expanding port area. "To ... [+]

Pensioners in control at Forth Ports

Arcus European Infrastructure Fund is to sell its shares in Forth Ports to the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP). It said the move would allow it to partner with other long-term investors who are well aligned to support the future growth of the Scottish and English operator. Forth Ports owns and ... [+]

Third crane for Forth’s Grangemouth

Forth Ports has taken delivery of a third Liebherr ship to shore crane at over the weekend of 25/26 August. It is part of a major investment programme at the port to increase handling capacity and service for customers. The 45 metre high crane, which weighs 524 tonnes, arrived in ... [+]

Island in the stream

Forth ports has continued its tradition of naming its tugs after islands in the estuary when it christened its new Sanmar-built, 28-metre long vessel Craigleith. The ceremony was performed on 27 July by Janice Hammond, wife of Forth Ports chief executive Charles Hammond. The company also named its new pilot boat, ... [+]

Forth Ports lands agri hub role for Rosyth

Agri firm Cefetra has signed a long- term contract to use the port of Rosyth in central Scotland. Owners Forth Ports will develop Rosyth to provide Cefetra with a purpose-built facility that will become the company’s main agri-hub in Scotland, handling an extensive range of products. Forth Ports said that Rosyth’s ... [+]

Grangemouth gets ready for the rush

Scotland’s main container port Grangemouth says it is well underway with a multi-million pound investment programme to boost its capacity by around 1,000teu. The programme includes container terminal surfacing upgrades, a new terminal operating system, warehouse development and a ship to shore crane. The £2m investment will be finished later this ... [+]

DFDS axes Scotland ro ro link

DFDS has  abruptly shut down its freight ro ro service from Zeebrugge to Rosyth, near Edinburgh after a fire broke out in the engine room of the sole vessel on 16 April. An injured crew member was airlifted to hospital from the Finlandia Seaways for treatment of smoke inhalation. Within days ... [+]

Port Academy 2

Forth Ports group chief executive Charles Hammond was joined by apprentices, graduates and Skills Development Scotland for a ‘turf-cutting’ ceremony to mark the start of construction of a new, purpose built, training academy at Grangemouth. The 420m sq site will provide additional in-house facilities for equipment skills training and new classrooms ... [+]

Scots ports win AEO status

Forth Ports has gained Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status for its facilities at Grangemouth, Leith and Rosyth, the first ports in Scotland to achieve it. The AEO accreditation recognises that the customs controls and procedures at each of the ports are efficient, compliant and secure. Tilbury was awarded AEO last ... [+]

All-round experience for Tilbury trainees

The Port of Tilbury’s Logistics Training Academy and Tilbury on the Thames Trust have taken delivery of a new ‘fully immersive’ training simulator as part of the ‘Attention to Logistics’ training programme. The ‘Attention to Logistics’ training programme and bursary scheme, launched last year by the Trust, has been created to ... [+]

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