A major investment program is currently underway at the Port of Grangemouth to increase the terminal’s capacity for storing containers.
The port’s owner, Forth Ports Limited, is investing in significant surface upgrading works on an area of some 6,325 square meters.
The investment is designed to increase the busy container terminal’s total capacity to 12,000 TEUs (the industry standard container size of twenty foot equivalent units) – a 50% increase since 2005 – and will deliver operational efficiencies to its landside and shipside operations.
In addition to this upgrade, the port has commissioned a feasibility study to assess the viability and cost of deepening the shipping channel within the port to enable it to bring larger, heavier container ships and bulk vessels to the quayside.
This deepening project, which would see the dock water depth taken from 7.5 meters to over 10 meters, is expected to entail a multi million pound capital investment and would take around three years to complete.
Both projects have been commissioned in response to changes in the container shipping market where there is a trend towards larger capacity feeder vessels which require deeper water to access the port’s quaysides.