The new 90,000 sq ft cool store, operated by Go-Associates, will be equipped with four individually controlled chambers with a temperature range of -5°C to +14°C and will be able to accommodate produce four pallets high. The largest reefer vessels can be accommodated alongside the facility, which will have the capability to discharge a 4,000 pallet ship in 24 hours.
Lewis Clements, joint managing director of Go-Associates, said: “Ten million tonnes of fresh produce are shipped into the UK each year and half of it comes up to the North of England. It makes economic and environmental sense to bring that volume to the deep-sea port that is closest to the population of 30m people and is served by the best motorway network for rapid distribution direct to supermarkets.”
LPT expects to be operational by September, the start of the Spanish fresh produce season. Go-Associates plans to operate the terminal around the clock, employing a team of 30 full-time staff, supplemented to a total of 100 when a reefer vessel is discharging.