Grangemouth company helps Glasgow go for gold

Forth Ports is helping with the preparations for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games
Forth Ports is helping with the preparations for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games

Grangemouth dock operator Forth Ports is lending its expertise and equipment to help Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games run smoothly.

The firm has been appointed supplier of port services for next year’s event and will provide 350 shipping containers to pack and store items purchased from London 2012 organisers.

These vital items include beds, tables and sports equipment for use in the Glasgow 2014 athletes villages.

Charles Hammond, Forth Ports chief executive, said: “We are delighted to be working with Glasgow 2014 to ensure a greener supply chain for the event.

“Shipping is the most carbon-friendly form of transportation and with our short-sea-shipping expertise and the key location of our port in Grangemouth, it is the perfect location to service the events in Glasgow.

“We look forward to a successful Games next year and to playing our part in this prestigious sporting event.”

The containers are being kept in secure storage space in the Port of Grangemouth, where they will remain until they are required to be transported to Games venues when the final countdown to the massive sporting spectacle gets underway.

Ty Speer, Glasgow 2014 deputy chief executive, said: “We take our sustainability targets very seriously. This furniture and equipment will play an integral part in staging a successful Games in 2014.”

Forth Ports will also provide facilities to enable organisers to conduct inspections of goods and ensure that containers are lifted onto trailers prior to equipment entering venues.

Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald said: “This reinforces Grangemouth’s importance as Scotland’s largest container port and an essential east coast link for the west of Scotland.”