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Two new cranes for Greenock

[ June 24, 2022   //   ]

Peel Ports is to order two new cranes for its Greenock Ocean Terminal (GOT) on the west coast of Scotland.

The £17m tender is the largest single investment made at the container terminal since it opened in 1969.

GOT will later decommission its Crane No.3 which will be replaced in the short term with a multi-docker specialist crane for forest products.  

Once the contract is awarded, the work is expected to take 18 months and, once the two new cranes are completed and on site, the group will later decommission the two other cranes currently at the terminal.

Peel’s Clydeport port director, Jim McSporran said: “The commission of two new cranes will be significant for Greenock Ocean Terminal and will contribute to the continuing growth seen in recent times.

“This investment also highlights our commitment to ensuring Greenock Ocean Terminal continues to provide an efficient service for our customers.

“Throughout the last two years, we have seen some significant changes in the supply chain and trading patterns due to COVID-19 and Brexit and by investing in our infrastructure, we are ensuring the future of the terminal.

“Greenock Ocean Terminal is a mainstay of the local community and it’s important that we look towards the future and continue to provide job prospects and economic opportunities for local businesses”

Peel is also building a multi agency Border Control Post at Greenock to cope with changing legislative requirements due to Brexit.

The terminal currently accounts for 60,000 containers per annum, a third of all containers coming into Scotland and recently created additional storage capacity of up to 2,500TEU.