The Port of Tilbury will begin its pre-planning community consultation in March to seek local views on its proposals to build a new terminal adjacent to the current port.
The new facility, known as Tilbury2, will be built on a 152 acre site, which was part of the former Tilbury Power Station, and will include a new pontoon and deep water jetty if plans come to fruition.
The proposals see the terminal acting as a satellite of the main port, comprising a roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) ferry terminal for importing and exporting containers and trailers.
Tilbury2 is also likely to include a facility for importing and processing bulk construction materials to support demands from the UK’s building sector.
In the northern part of the site there is land available for the potential storage of a variety of goods, including cars.
Peter Ward, commercial director at the Port of Tilbury, said: “Our customers are looking for expansion opportunities in Tilbury and Tilbury 2 is a part of the port’s overall investment strategy.”
He added that that the port’s performance in recent years meant it now needs more land close to the port to grow.
The community consultation is the first stage of seeking views from the local communities and will be followed by statutory/formal consultation during the summer.