A major investment programme is underway at the Port of Grangemouth, Scotland’s largest container port, to increase its capacity for storing containers.
Owner, Forth Ports Limited, is upgrading a 6,325 square metre area to increase the terminal’s total capacity to 12,000 containers – making a 50% increase since 2005.
The project involves the construction of a heavy duty pavement and additional storage lanes for laden containers, and is expected to be ready for business in October 2015.
The work represents the second phase of a five year investment plan to improve the terminal’s storage capacity. In line with market demand, it is expected that capacity will increase by a further 10% over this period.
A feasibility study to assess the viability and cost of deepening the shipping channel within the port has also been commissioned. This would allow larger, heavier container ships and bulk vessels at the quayside. The work is expected to entail a multi-million pound investment and take around three years to complete.
Charles Hammond, Group Chief Executive of Forth Ports, said: “This is an important investment for the business which will further secure Grangemouth’s position as Scotland’s largest container terminal.
“We have analysed the shipping trends and identified the growing demand to accommodate larger vessels from around the world. Through this investment, we will ensure that the Port of Grangemouth remains front and centre for Scotland’s importers and exporters.”