Multimillion pound investment continues in Grangemouth, Scotland's premier port
The Port of Grangemouth is well underway with a multi-million pound investment programme to strengthen its position as Scotland’s premier port. The programme includes container terminal surfacing upgrades, new terminal operating system, warehouse development and a ship to shore crane investment.
Resurfacing development is under construction which will further increase the capacity of the busy container terminal by around 1,000 TEUs to position the port ahead of the market. This investment of £2million will be finished later this year in time for the peak volume period and will also cater for any additional demands that may be placed on container storage times as a result of changes to customs processes through Brexit.
Construction has begun on a new 100,000 sq.ft. warehouse development within the port estate which is due to be complete by December this year. Directly linked to the container terminal and with access to the rail siding, the warehouse will offer portcentric solutions to our customer base and extend the Container Freight Station service offering.
The port is also due to welcome a new Liebherr multimillion pound ship to shore container crane in August. There is also further investment in a new IT Terminal operating system with the first phase of this to be implemented in June. A second phase will take place in August which aims to build on the success of the Vehicle Booking Service introduced in April 2017 by automating the receipt and delivery process for containers in order to further ensure quick turnaround times of haulage vehicles at the port.
The resurfacing work will ensure that the landside operation supports the investment in the crane and Terminal operating system which will deliver faster terminal performance.
Grangemouth is Scotland’s largest container port, with an overall capacity of 220,000 containers per annum. More than £6 billion worth of goods pass through the port each year including chemicals, steel plate, timber, paper and equipment for the oil and gas industry. Grangemouth is also Scotland’s largest reefer port principally from Scotland’s fresh food exporters, created by a significantly longer season for the shipping of such produce as potatoes, cheese, fish and seafood to markets across the world.