Expansion work underway at Grangemouth port

Forth Ports container terminal at Grangemouth Docks.
Forth Ports container terminal at Grangemouth Docks.

The Port of Grangemouth is the largest container terminal in Scotland and its bosses have just announced its going to get even bigger.

Forth Ports stated a major investment programme is under way at the port this month to increase the terminal’s capacity for storing containers.

The company is investing in significant surface upgrading works over an area of 6325 square metres to increase the terminal’s total capacity to 12,000 TEUs - twenty foot equivalent units.

Charles Hammond, Forth Ports chief executive, said: “This is an important investment for the business which will further secure Grangemouth’s position as Scotland’s largest container terminal.

“We have analysed the shipping trends and identified the growing demand to accommodate larger vessels from around the world. Through this investment, we will ensure the Port of Grangemouth remains front and centre for Scotland’s importers and exporters.”

The expansion work is expected to be completed in October and represents the second phase of a five year investment plan to improve the storage capabilities of the terminal.

Forth Ports expect the capacity will grow by a further 10 per cent over the five year period in line with market demand.

The company has also 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.