Forth Ports gets a lift from new fleet

Forth Ports have made a major investment at Grangemouth Docks
Forth Ports have made a major investment at Grangemouth Docks

Forth Ports forked out millions of pounds to upgrade Grangemouth Docks and a new fleet of specialist vehicles are ready to take things up a notch.

The 15 Hyster forklift trucks, provided by Briggs Equipment, have now replaced the port’s existing machines.

All the new trucks benefit from the latest Euro 6 diesel engines and will help the port to meet its target of reducing CO2 emissions generated through its operations.

Port manager Derek Knox said: “This is another major investment for the Port of Grangemouth which will further secure our position as Scotland’s largest container terminal.

‘‘More than £6 billion worth of goods passes through Grangemouth each year including steel plate, timber, paper and equipment for the oil and gas industry.

“We also handle some of the country’s most valuable exports, such as fine foods and drinks, so flexibility and durability was a key priority when specifying the new trucks for our business.”

The arrival of the new machines follows the announcement in June of a major investment programme at the port to increase its capacity for storing both conventional containers and reefers (refrigerated containers) and the commissioning of a feasibility study into deepening the shipping channel within the port to handle larger vessels.

The resurfacing at the terminal was also completed last month and it now boasts a heavy duty concrete pavement.