Scotland’s largest container facility, the Port of Grangemouth, is undergoing resurfacing development as part of an expansion.
This investment of £1m (US$1.3m) will upgrade the container terminal’s surfacing to increase the quality, capacity and speed of servicing vessels with further investment planned for 2018.
The work is being carried out by Luddon Construction and will be finished in October. The new resurfaced area is expected to add around 1,000 teu of additional capacity.
Derek Knox, Grangemouth’s port manager, said: “It is important that we deliver fast turnaround times to maintain container vessel schedules and ensure their reliability to service the Scottish export market.”
Grangemouth currently has an annual capacity of 220,000 teu with more than £6bn (US$7.9bn) worth of goods passing through the port each year.
The port has also placed an order with Liebherr for a new ship-to-shore (STS) container crane and is developing a new IT terminal operating system (TOS) both of which are due in service in 2018.
The port also welcomed three new ESC340 straddle carriers earlier this year, increasing the fleet at the container terminal to 16. It added a new Hyster empty container handler as well.