FORTH Ports Group
reported a 20% increase in unaccompanied freight volumes between Tilbury and
Zeebrugge in December using the newest port in the country, Tilbury2.
has added an additional freight ferry vessel to the route to cope with demand.
The new terminal
uses the latest booking and border technology and streamlined customs
procedures through AEO trusted trader status.
Supply chains are realigning as they seek low carbon route close to
chief executive of Forth Ports Group: “Supply chains are realigning as they
seek greater resilience and a low carbon route close to market, and our ports
are ideally placed to support through our recent £260 million investment in
infrastructure, market leading turnaround times and capacity for growth.
pandemic has brought the UK’s vulnerabilities to the fore. However, breakdown
presents an opportunity for breakthrough to create a more resilient UK.
COVID-19 compliant Tilbury2
completed the construction of a new £250 million Brexit-ready and COVID-19
compliant freight ferry terminal – Tilbury2 – at London’s major port, the
opportunities for unaccompanied freight are boundless.
production lines, unpredictable industrial relations and increasing
pan-European lorry driver shortages have led many in the logistics industry to
examine the reliability of their current delivery options.
Corona virus epidemic has completely changed the dynamics of the
largely disappearing from ferries across the North Sea, The Channel and the
Irish Sea, the coronavirus epidemic has completely changed the dynamics of the
“In the absence of
a cross-subsidy from passengers to freight units, greater exposure of the true
end-to-end cost of moving goods is emerging.
The momentum for change is growing
“Combine this with
the need to abate climate change, reduce road congestion, tackle poor air
quality and level up the economies of the regions, the momentum for change is
“By bringing goods
closer to the point of consumption or production, we could and should see new
ferry and container shipping routes springing up.
positive with the greater use of rail for inward distribution, unaccompanied
freight is the answer to a number of the questions of our time.”
Forth Ports is ready for Brexit
Forth Ports is
ready for Brexit, with capacity to continue supporting growth of core markets,
following £260 million of investment across the three unitised terminals at
Grangemouth, Tilbury and Tilbury2 and their rail connections.