The Port of Tilbury’s proposed new port terminal Tilbury2 is set to become a ro-ro ferry terminal for importing and exporting containers and trailers, the London port confirmed this week.
After completing its preliminary community consultation events this month, which sought views on its proposals to build a new port terminal adjacent to the current port, the port said it would further develop the scheme in light of the feedback received during the pre-planning consultation process, before undertaking a statutory or formal consultation during this summer.
The proposed new port terminal, known as Tilbury2, is planned to be built on a 51-hectare site, which was part of the former Tilbury Power Station and will include a new deep-water jetty.
Port operator Forth Ports said:
“The proposed terminal at Tilbury2 will act as a satellite of the main port and it is proposed that it will comprise a roll on/roll off ferry terminal for importing and exporting containers and trailers. Tilbury2 is also likely to include a facility for importing and processing bulk construction materials as well as storage of a variety of goods, including cars.
“It is anticipated that an application for a development consent order to permit the new port terminal will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (acting on behalf of the Department for Transport) in late 2017.”
The five community consultation events took place during March at locations and dates across the area and attracted over 400 people, who shared their views on the proposals.
Commenting on the events, Peter Ward, commercial director at the Port of Tilbury said:
“We have been encouraged by the level of engagement from the community to our proposals for a new port in Tilbury, which will help us to continue to grow and bring economic benefit and jobs to the area. Over the summer, we will be further developing the scheme in light of the feedback received during the preliminary consultation process then we will undertake the statutory/formal consultations on the detail for our ambitious plan.”
The Port of Tilbury handles a wide range of cargo, with specialist expertise in the handling of paper and forest products, containers, ro-ro, grain and bulk commodities and construction and building materials.
Tilbury2 will add 152 acres of land, including a proposed further deep water jetty, close to the east of the existing Port of Tilbury, which Forth Ports intends to use to extend their current operations with the creation of a new port terminal, to grow to meet the needs of their customers and market demands. It would bring the total port acreage to 1,100 acres. It is envisaged that Tilbury2 will be a construction materials and short-sea shipping hub, handling imported and exported materials and goods, Forth Ports said.
Separately, Forth Ports’ David Thomson has been presented with the prestigious Worshipful Company of Carmen’s Environmental Award. The award was presented to David at the annual awards dinner this week which recognises significant achievements, contributions and innovation of individuals, companies and the armed forces.
David, who is the Group IT Project Manager for Forth Ports, was presented with the award for the innovative system developed for haulier customers. The Vehicle Booking System (VBS) system is the UK’s first fully integrated mobile app and currently available for use by London Container Terminal’s hauliers. The system is complementary to a full desktop version of the VBS which is available over the internet, with the Mobile App being particularly suited to the smaller haulier, allowing the creation, moving of bookings, as well as checking the status of the containers while on the move via their mobile phone or iPad, and as a consequence overall assisting in minimising wasted journeys; reducing queues at the terminal and contributing to reducing air pollution.
Winning the award, David Thomson said:
"I am honoured to collect this award from such a prestigious organisation and even more so on their 500th Anniversary. Very few awards are down to one person and my case this is no different with some excellent contributions from my team in both Scotland and Tilbury as well as our third party vendor TCS (based in Hyderabad). The mobile app development is a first for Forth Ports and we are very pleased with the result and the positive feedback we have received. We wanted to capture the opportunity to improve our service for our customers and gave special attention to ensuring it was simple, efficient and easy to use while also paying attention to the aesthetics.”
The VBS system and the mobile app have already undergone further development with progress currently underway to implement a VBS solution at the Grangemouth Container Terminal in April 2017 involving a modified multi Terminal / Asset version that provides the option for extending its use across the group.
Source: Lloyd's Loading List
Forth Ports is exhibiting at Multimodal on stand 3010