Issue 2 2019 - Freight Business Journal


Green light for Tilbury2

Forth Ports’ Tilbury has gained development consent from the Secretary of State for Transport to build its £200 million Tilbury2 terminal adjacent to the current 930 acre site in Thurrock. Tilbury2 will cover over 150

acres on the former Tilbury Power Station site. When operational in Spring 2020, it will be the UK’s largest port,

unaccompanied ferry in conjunction with P&O

Ferries, and the country’s biggest construction processing hub. It will include a new rail and road connection, with 775-metre rail sidings, a deep water jetty and pontoon.

The development will allow

Tilbury to cope with rising demand for construction materials and aggregates, imported and exported cars, as well as an increase in commercial ferry traffic.

Thames Enterprise Park secures funding

Thames Enterprise Park, unveiled last October, has announced a further £8.5m of investment to transform the former Coryton Oil Refinery site into a logistics hub. The investment will fund land

preparation work on 44 hectares of the 168 hectare site by specialist remediation contractors DSM

Demolition. It will be focused on the ‘West Site’ which previously formed part of the Shell Haven Oil Refinery and Coryton Village, before its closure and demolition in the 1990s. This part of the site will be ready for development in 2020. Thames Enterprise Park, a joint venture between fuel firm

Forth Ports said Tilbury has

doubled the size of its business in the past 10 years and is expected to double cargo again from 16 million to 32 million tonnes over the next 10-15 years.

Greenergy and property developer iSec, aims to build a new 5m sq ſt logistics area including a dedicated Food Hub bringing together processing, packaging, storage and distribution. Highly automated warehouses of up to a million sq ſt would be available. The developers also plan to

attract renewable fuel and energy producers and the park will include a Sustainable Industries Hub for small and medium sized businesses

to research and

Liverpool wins Turkey and Canada links

MSC is to introduce a new call in Liverpool, as part of a rotation including Canada, Turkey and southern European ports. It follows the news that the 2M alliance, of which MSC is a member with Maersk, will make Liverpool a permanent call on its TA4 transatlantic service.

develop new technologies and techniques for the energy and food logistics industries. Seven hectares of land will

be safeguarded to provide an ecological enhanced corridor along the length of

the Shell

Haven Creek to compensate for any loss of habitats within land to be remediated. The planning application for the redevelopment of the whole of the site is currently with Thurrock Council and will be determined later this year. Chief executive of iSEC Group,

Stephen Lawrence told FBJ that while the planning process was taking a little longer than anticipated, mainly because of land ownership issues, he hoped for a council planning decision by July this year. The development

The new Canada Express2

service will serve Izmir, Gemlik, Gebze and Tekirdag in Turkey, then Genoa, Marseille, Barcelona, Valencia and Sines before heading to Liverpool. It continues to Montreal and then back to Liverpool and on to Europe. The route will be served by eight

was however completely in accordance with local planning policy and, if all goes to schedule, the first buildings on the site could be operational by late 2021. Interest from potential users has been brisk and heads of terms (subject to planning permission) have been agreed for 30 acres, with discussions for another 30 acres, which would come close to filling phase 1 of the development. Up to a further three phases of development would be made available later. Lawrence added that he did not

believe that any further sites could be developed on the same scale in the region and indeed, there were very few potential sites of similar size anywhere within a 50 mile radius of London.

5,500teu ships calling twice a week. The new service is also expected

to drive business growth in the company’s rail and short-sea feeder services to and from Scotland. Mark Whitworth, chief executive

of Liverpool owners Peel Ports said: “The tide continues to turn in Liverpool’s favour as shipping lines and their customers see the evidence for how our location can benefit the whole supply chain. This is another vote of confidence in the North West.”

He sees very strong demand

for logistics space in the area, saying: “London Gateway port has completely changed the logistics ‘gravity’ of the UK.” He points out that London Gateway container volumes

expected to


1.8m teu by the end of the year – getting on for half Felixstowe’s total. Whereas in the past it made sense to put hubs in the centre of the country, the whole model has altered, particular for food, for which London and the south-east account for 40% of the market. Lawrence argues: “The cost of

storage is tiny compared to the cost of distribution, so proximity to London makes sense, as it takes out a lot of primary and secondary distribution and helps to reduce the cost of logistics.”

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