One of Scotland’s oldest cargo ports is set to benefit from a boost in productivity as operator Peel Ports has ordered two new cranes.
The multi-million pound investment in Greenock Ocean Terminal is expected to help future-proof the port as it prepares to meet increased demand from cargo owners.
Peel Ports has launched a £17million tender for the cranes – the biggest investment made in the container terminal since it opened in 1969.
It will also help provide global shipping companies with continued access to key import and export hubs in the heart of the UK.
The commissioning of the cranes at Scotland’s deepest container terminal comes amid ongoing construction of a purpose-built multi-agency border checkpoint.
This was a requirement to allow all goods to be imported and exported from the port in the face of changing legislative requirements due to Brexit.
The terminal currently handles 60,000 containers a year, a third of all containers entering Scotland.
The terminal has also recently added additional storage capacity of up to 2,500 twenty-foot container units.
As part of the transition, the terminal will subsequently decommission its No. 3 crane, which will be replaced in the short term by a multi-docker crane specialized in the handling of forest products.
Once the contract is awarded, the work is expected to last 18 months. Once the two new cranes are complete and on site, the group will then decommission the other two cranes currently at the terminal.
Port of Clydeport Director Jim McSporran said: “This investment underscores our commitment to ensuring that Greenock Ocean Terminal continues to provide an efficient service to our customers.
“Over the past two years we have seen significant changes in the supply chain and business models due to Covid-19 and Brexit and by investing in our infrastructure we are securing the future of the terminal.
“Greenock Ocean Terminal is a pillar of the local community and it is important that we look to the future and continue to provide employment and economic opportunities for local businesses”
Located on the Firth of Clyde, the terminal has been at the heart of Scotland’s maritime industry since 1876.
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