Containers

Forth Ports owns and operates 2 container terminals strategically located at the heart of key UK industrial zones. These consist of the London Container Terminal at Tilbury, and Grangemouth Container Terminal in Scotland; the first UK port to berth the world’s first container ship, SS Fairland, in 1966.

Not only do we have the experience of our pioneering history, but we’ve come a long way since then. Combining unique locations, terminal operations, warehousing, and onsite handling equipment, with fast access to a road, rail, and sea distribution allows us to offer a truly multimodal portcentric solution. This, along with strong relationships within the logistics community, creates an unrivalled value; an integrated and streamlined service delivering greater cost savings while lessening environmental impact.

Please read how our current customers benefit from using a combination of our services.

 

London Container Terminal

The only UK port truly servicing both deep-sea and short-sea customers, London Container Terminal can berth ships both inside the dock and at its deep-water riverside berths, with depths alongside to 13.7 metres. The terminal has a total of 1.72 km of berthage and will accommodate vessels of up to 10,000 TEU.

Onshore, the container facility itself is equipped with 10 quayside cranes and 36 straddle carriers, which are capable of handling boxes between 20ft and 45ft. Every straddle carrier also provides an integrated EDI solution for SOLAS.

London Container Terminal Offers:

  • Capability to handle in excess of 500,000 containers each year
  • Significant trading position with the North and South reefer (refrigerated container) trades, primarily South America, India, North Africa and Australasia with a strong presence in other deep sea trades
  • Serves short sea businesses, which provides links to Continental Europe and to other UK coastal feeder locations
  • One of Europe’s largest terminals for refrigerated containers, with 1,400 reefer plugs on terminal and access to a 25,000 pallet space cold store facility operated by NFT
  • Container terminal is rail linked to main East and West Coast lines.

Find out more on the London Container Terminal website.

Grangemouth Container Terminal

Grangemouth is Scotland’s largest container port, specialising in short-sea feeder operations and linking Scotland to the UK and European deep-sea ports.

The container facility is well equipped, offering 3 modern gantry cranes as well as 16 straddle carriers, each of which are capable of handling boxes between 20ft and 45ft. Every straddle carrier also provides an integrated EDI solution for SOLAS.

Grangemouth Container Terminal offers:

  • Regular container services with sailings to major European deep sea connections at Rotterdam, Antwerp, Dunkirk and Felixstowe
  • 7 feeder calls per week
  • Throughput of over 225,000 TEU per annum
  • Various logistics packages available, including container de-vanning and stuffing, warehousing and distribution
  • Scotland’s largest terminal for refrigerated containers, with over 400 reefer plugs on terminal
  • Container terminal is rail linked to main East and West Coast lines, which are free of any gauge constraints.
 

Ports with Container Services:

  • Tilbury (London)
    Explore
  • Aerial image of Grangemouth Container Terminal
    Grangemouth
    Explore