Scotland’s Largest Port

Forth Ports Grangemouth is Scotland’s largest port handling 9 million tonnes of cargo each year through specialist container, liquid and general cargo terminals. This cargo flow represents as much as 30% of Scotland’s gross domestic product (GDP), highlighting the port’s essential role as an economic facilitator for Scotland. Situated midway between Scotland’s main cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, the port is the ideal logistics and distribution hub with 70% of Scotland’s population within 1 hour’s drive and unrivalled connectivity via road, rail and sea.

As an integral part of their supply chain, Grangemouth is a trusted partner of many major UK companies. Providing a gateway for Scottish trade, the port facilitates the flow of more than £6 billion worth of goods each year including fine food and drink, machinery, fuel, steel products, timber, paper and equipment for the oil and gas industry. Through our supply chain expertise and commitment to efficiency we help our customers not only trade internationally but also consolidate operations, increasing their flexibility, productivity and capacity – saving them time and money.

Port of Grangemouth at a glance:

7 weekly feeder services
Top 10  global shipping lines utilise the port
Liquid bulk terminal for Oil & Gas
70% of Scotland’s population within an hour’s drive
500,000 square foot of warehousing
Rail linked to main East and West Coast lines

Scotland’s largest container and reefer terminal


 

Grangemouth is home to Scotland’s largest container terminal and reefer facility handling over 250,000 TEUs each year. The port works with all major deep sea shipping lines, as well as European short sea, multimodal and tank operators. This broad range of customers is serviced by 7 weekly feeder vessel calls linking Scotland with worldwide deep sea markets and European and Baltic short sea destinations. Our efficient, highly trained and qualified team have the skills, experience and machinery on hand to safely, efficiently and speedily handle your cargo needs. As part of our multi-million pound investment programme at Grangemouth we have extended storage lanes for conventional and refrigerated containers, improved access to landside and shipside operations and fully automated container weighing. Our ISPS accredited port operates 24/7, 365 days a year to get your goods where they need to be, exactly when they need to be there.

Shipping in and out of Grangemouth delivers proven green economic benefits. Linking directly to the commercial heartlands of Scotland, our portcentric approach reduces double handling and unnecessary road miles creating significant savings in logistics costs and improved environmental benefits for our customers. We provide cost effective cargo handling, warehousing, storage and portcentric solutions to customers who want to move goods efficiently. At Grangemouth we work with and support a range of industries including food and drink, chemicals, agriculture, recycling, FMCG, construction, oil and gas and renewables, all of which are serviced via dedicated and multiuser facilities which cater for containers, bulks, forest products, liquids and project cargoes. With experience in handling a wide variety of unitised and non-unitised goods and out of gauge cargo handling capabilities, we offer a one-stop sustainable logistics solution.

We offer a weekly rail link between the Port of Grangemouth and the Port of Tilbury in partnership with Direct Rail Services and Eddie Stobart. With a capacity of 36 containers in each direction, the rail service provides Forth Ports’ customers with a cost effective and sustainable means of moving goods between ports while benefitting from reduced carbon emissions without using the already congested UK road network. This new service highlights our commitment to providing sustainable and cost-effective logistics solutions for our customers, helping them to grow and increasing their competitiveness in the supply chain.

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Forth Ports Grangemouth Services

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Grangemouth has a track record of supporting supply chains for major construction projects, sports events, and energy sector developments. As a result, the port has experience handling a broad range of breakbulk cargo including equipment, machinery, vehicles, turbines, modules, steel pipe, plate and bar. The Port’s operational capability, location, road, rail and sea connectivity and extensive storage and laydown space for large equipment makes it the ideal logistics hub for project based cargo. Grangemouth is also supported by heavy haulage, lift and freight forwarding specialists within the port estate and wider port hinterland which strengthens the port’s capabilities.
Grangemouth has supported major construction supply chains throughout Scotland and as a result is experienced handling a broad range of equipment, machinery, modules, and steel products. The port’s operational capabilities, location, connectivity and extensive storage and laydown space makes it the ideal logistics hub for construction projects across the country. Distribution and consolidation of commodities at the port has delivered cost savings, environmental benefits and supply chain efficiencies to innovative customers.
In 1966 Grangemouth became the first port in the UK to handle a transatlantic ship carrying only containers and has handled in excess of 3 million containers since the first vessel. Over the past 50 years the port has developed through investment and is the UK’s largest feeder port and Scotland’s fundamental logistics hub for efficient, eco-friendly and cost effective container trade activity. The terminal is connected to Europe’s major deep-sea hub ports through 7 weekly feeder services which are utilised by the World’s top ten shipping lines and many more. The terminal handles over 250,000 TEUs per annum and has facilities for all container types and sizes including over 400 reefer power points. The terminal is well equipped with 3 modern gantry cranes, 16 straddle carriers, 4 empty handlers and 2 top-lifters, which are capable of handling boxes between 20ft and 45ft. In addition, there is a fleet of 12 tonne, 7 tonne, 5 tonne and 3 tonne forklift trucks. A designated Container Freight Station (CFS) offers a one stop shop for customers containerised cargo requirements providing added value container devanning, loading and securing. The terminal has a modern driver’s reception, Vehicle Booking System (VBS) and integrated Terminal Operating System designed to enhance efficiency, transparency and planning for port and supply chain partners. The terminal is also rail linked to main East and West Coast lines, which are free of any gauge constraints.
Grangemouth has a dedicated forest products terminal offering devanning, loading, warehousing and stock management services for plywood products. We also regularly handle breakbulk shipments of sawn timber and round logs. Several of Scotland’s biggest timber and construction products suppliers benefit from our central location and excellent onward transportation links. Grangemouth is also very experienced in handling recycled woodchip – for more information see waste products
Grangemouth handles approximately 250,000 tonnes of bulk cargo per annum including fish meal, soda ash, salt, cullet and biomass. Bulk cargos are handled across dedicated general cargo berths by specialist mobile material handlers equipped with interchangeable grabs and a fleet of forklift trucks. The berths are in close proximity to open and covered storage facilities and an onsite weigh bridge. All cargo operations are monitored and controlled by a stock management system.
Forth Ports Grangemouth has excellent facilities to accommodate a range of barge operations onsite, with access to a range of quays and a fleet of harbour mobile cranes to support any handling requirements.
Forth Estuary Towage is available to support waterborne freight and barge movements in and out of the estuaries and between our ports.
Forth Ports Grangemouth is home to our new, purpose built Skills and Business Centre offering a range of training and educational programmes from technical and health and safety, through to graduate and modern apprenticeships. The Skills and Business Centre seeks to support local communities and businesses with the development and promotion of local skills and long term careers through the provision of modern training and business facilities.
Grangemouth has private and common user oil jetties and liquid bulk storage facilities available. The facilities can handle a range of liquid bulks including crude oil, petroleum, chemicals, oil derivatives, vegetables, animal feeds and molasses. The container terminal handles a significant volume of tanktainers on behalf of the Scottish distilling and chemical sectors and tank cleaning service providers are located onsite.
Grangemouth provides vessel brokers the facilities to cold or warm stack vessels whilst they are not in operation. Vessels can call upon local expertise in the oil and gas sector, ship repair, towage, agency, chandlery, supply, warehousing and distribution.
Grangemouth plays a vital role in Scotland’s oil and gas industry through its liquid bulk, container and general cargo operations. The port accommodates an import facility for the adjacent oil refinery which facilitates the supply of Scotland’s aviation fuel and 70% of Scotland’s domestic fuel supplying filling stations. The container terminal regularly handles offshore and oilwell equipment and offers high-quality loading, lashing and securing services for out-of-gauge cargo destined for oilfields across the globe. The port’s general cargo berths also regularly receive and handle steel pipe shipments for the North Sea oil and gas market.
Grangemouth has experience in handling paper and forest products. We can offer devanning and warehousing services using our modern fleet of forklift trucks which are fitted with various clamp types for paper and pulp handling. As Grangemouth is an enclosed port, we can offer global connectivity through our container terminal as well as capability to service containerised, ro-ro and sideport shipments. Customers can also form the ultimate nationwide distribution offering through our onsite rail terminal, which connects the UK Paper Hub at the Port of Tilbury to Grangemouth.
The port estate spans an area in excess of 400 acres and is home to over 30 tenanted organisations benefitting from port infrastructure. The port accommodates importers, exporters, manufactures, carriers and cargo owners and works collaboratively with each organisation to meet growing market demands. The port offers warehousing, office space and 100 acres of development land for customers looking to join the port’s thriving economic collective.
We are pleased to offer a rail service between the Port of Tilbury and the Port of Grangemouth – Scotland’s largest container port – in partnership with Eddie Stobart and Direct Rail Services. The service provides a regular weekend link between the two ports, with the capacity to travel with 36 containers, and serves Forth Ports’ customers in the South of England and Central Scotland. The containers travelling from Tilbury carry cargo including retail goods, food and drink while the return journey supports Scotland’s export market with the movement of spirits, chemicals and fresh food. The two-way rail service provides Forth Ports’ customers with a cost effective and sustainable means of moving goods between ports while benefiting from reduced carbon emissions without using the already-congested UK road network. Further investment to the railhead here would allow longer freight trains to be used and even greater environmental and sustainability benefits to be realised.
Grangemouth holds Waste Management Licences for RDF and manages a common user RDF facility capable of handling over 60,000 tonnes of RDF waste per annum. Prior to any RDF being accepted at the port all regulatory protocols must be completed and documentation presented. The port has developed best practice for handling and storing a wide variety of waste and recycled products such as RDF, scrap, cullet and recycled woodchip.
Grangemouth has extensive experience handling wind turbine components through the port due to its ease of access and central location to Scotland’s motorway network. The port offers stevedoring, craneage, lifting, handling, and extensive storage and laydown space for all sizes of blade and component. A heavy haulage specialist selected the port as its strategic depot in Scotland and successfully handled over 324 wind turbine components in its first year. From their purpose build quayside depot they utilise the port’s full service offering and with continuous success.
Grangemouth docks are non-tidal, with impounded water being maintained at no more than one metre from the quay surface, all berths can handle roll on roll off vessels whether stern, bow or side port, although the specialist ro-ro berth is on the Grange Dock South Wall.
Grangemouth has over 500,000 sq. ft. of warehousing and provides storage solutions to a diverse range of cargo types including: fish meal, timber, plasterboard, pulp, insulation and specialised manufacturing. A comprehensive warehousing management service is available including devanning, stuffing, cross-docking and stock control. The port works closely with customers to understand their needs before providing bespoke portcentric solutions that deliver cost savings and environmental benefits to their supply chains.

Key Contacts

Derek Knox
Senior Port Manager – Grangemouth, Rosyth, Burntisland & Kirkcaldy
Grangemouth Port Office
Central Dock Road
Grangemouth
FK3 8UE

+44 (0)1324 668 400

derek.knox@forthports.co.uk

Ashley Nicholson
Senior Harbour Master

Grangemouth Port Office
Central Dock Road
Grangemouth
FK3 8UE

+44 (0)1324 668 400

ashley.nicholson@forthports.co.uk

Craig Torrance
Deputy Port Manager

Grangemouth Port Office
Central Dock Road
Grangemouth
FK3 8UE

+44 (0)1324 668 400

craig.torrance@forthports.co.uk

Robert Mason
Senior Commercial Manager

Head Office
1 Prince of Wales Dock
Port of Leith
Edinburgh
EH6 7DR

+44 (0)131 555 8790

robert.mason@forthports.co.uk

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