Monday, February 26, 2018

New RoRo Ferry Terminal Will Boost Freight Capacity from River Thames Port

600,000 Units per Year from Planned Berth is Aim of Vessel and Logistics Group
Shipping News Feature
UK – EUROPE – P&O Ferries, which last month reported that it carried more freight between Zeebrugge and Tilbury in 2017 than in any other year in the history of the route, is to increase its capacity at the Thames Port with a new purpose-built £150 million RoRo river berth which will treble its freight capacity to 600,000 units a year by 2020. The ferry company, together with its logistics sibling P&O Ferrymasters, says it expects the new capacity at Tilbury to give it an unrivalled service for anyone exporting to or from London and the South East.

An agreement has been reached with Forth Ports after an application for a development consent order (DCO) for Tilbury2 was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in October 2017. Tilbury2 intends to build on a 152 acre site which was part of the former Tilbury Power Station and will include a new deep water jetty in the river Thames. The new terminal is conditional upon the granting of planning permission. Janette Bell, Chief Executive of P&O Ferries, said:

"I am looking forward to working closely with the team at Forth Ports to relocate our operation on the Thames to a state of the art new terminal and river berth. Together with our market leading services across the English Channel, this new facility will enable P&O Ferries to offer customers exporting to or from London and the South East genuine alternatives, whether they choose to move their loads in self-drive vehicles or as unaccompanied freight.

"The river berth will enable us to cut our crossing time by one hour to seven hours, meaning that our customers will be discharged an hour earlier at 5am, enabling them to bypass the morning rush hour on the M25. The punctuality and reliability of the quay to quay service will be further enhanced by no longer having to negotiate a lock to exit the port."

As with the neighbouring development of DP World’s London Gateway deep water port at Stanford le Hope, the planned new terminal will be linked directly to the A13 via a new road, providing quick and easy access. It will also have a bespoke layout with a view to enabling customers to locate their unit promptly as part of a 30 minute gate to gate turnaround. Charles Hammond, Group Chief Executive of Forth Ports, said:

"As we prepare for the examination of our development consent order for Tilbury2, this new long-term partnership with P&O Ferries provides a strong economic and market underpinning of our intended development plans to grow UK trade and create further employment opportunities within Tilbury.”