London’s Major Port

The Port of Tilbury (London) is the largest of 8 ports owned by Forth Ports.

As London’s major port it is also the largest multi-modal port in the South East, and 3rd largest port in the UK. Sitting on the north bank of the Thames just 22 nautical miles east of central London, it is perfectly placed to handle cargo for London and the rest of the South East, with easy access to the M25 and 18 million people within 75 miles.

The port has an annual throughput of 16 million tonnes per annum and this is estimated to value around £8.7 billion; this makes it the largest port on the Thames. The varied cargoes are spread across an estate in excess of 1,000 acres and are imported and exported by a variety of short and deep sea vessels. Offering operational support for different cargoes, the port can support ro-ro, container, forest products, grain and bulks as well as cruises and property solutions.

Port of Tilbury at a glance:

estate in excess of 1,000 acres
56 operational berths
31 independent working terminals
10.2km of quay
5million sqft of warehouse space

Closest port to London


 

Through bespoke consolidation and portcentric solutions, the port provides supply chain solutions for a diverse range of sectors.  Underpinning these portcentric solutions is 5 million square feet of undercover warehousing and strong multimodal transportation links by road, rail and barge.  These connections remove complexity from the supply chain, reduce stock holding and journey miles and ultimately results in lower costs and a more environmentally friendly service for our customers.

The port’s distribution solutions are facilitated by three onsite railheads that allow connection to the main line directly into London or on to anywhere in the UK.  Excellent road connections, with the M25 accessible by less than 10 miles of dual carriageway and barging options straight into the heart of London, complete the port’s outstanding distribution network.  Barging is known to reduce CO² emissions, the number of vehicles on roads and also therefore the number of associated incidents and fatalities.

Furthermore, its conscientious approach to the environment makes the Port of Tilbury the UK’s greenest port: the majority of its electricity is generated through its 4 wind turbines, and there is ongoing investment in power, water, and fuel saving solutions at the port.  Not only has the port taken steps to reduce its energy footprint, the Port of Tilbury is an active member of Essex Wildlife Trust and achieved zero net loss of wildlife when developing the 70 acres of the London Distribution Park.

Such infrastructure links, portcentric methods, and environmentally aware operations ensure we provide cost-effective and ethically responsible solutions for our customers.

The port has operated for over 130 years and has a long relationship with Tilbury town around it, which continues today.  The port sponsors the local rugby and football clubs, it funds the wreaths for local remembrance parades, and senior managers work as governors at local schools and actively take part in other community-led initiatives.  The historical connection to the town is also shown through Britain’s oldest police force, which is funded by the port and has 15 warranted officers.

The port is a key employer in the local area and has offered over 100 apprenticeship programmes in the last 36 months.  Investment in staff and the community can be seen through the locality of the staff, where 60% of the key managers at the port live within 10 miles.  Encouraging growth and development, the port offers opportunities for fantastic long-term careers; 49% of staff now have over 10 years’ service and nearly 75% of the senior management started in a shop floor role.

The Port of Tilbury in February 2019 obtained approval under a development consent order (DCO) from the Planning Inspectorate to build a new terminal adjacent to the current port in Thurrock.  The proposed new port, known as Tilbury2, will be built on a 152-acre site which was part of the former Tilbury Power Station.  It is envisaged that Tilbury2 will act as a satellite of the main port, comprising of a:

  • Roll on/roll off ferry terminal for importing and exporting containers and trailers
  • Construction Materials and Aggregate Terminal (CMAT) for importing, processing, manufacturing and distributing construction materials
  • New nationally strategic rail and road connection into the site
 

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Port of Tilbury (London) Services

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The port plays a vital role in the automotive sector with over 100,000 cars moving through the port each year. The UK’s only import centre for Hyundai vehicles is situated within the port with cars arriving by both deep sea and short sea. In addition to this, the port provides value added service to a number of car and heavy plant and equipment companies to support the import and export of automotives through the port.
The Port of Tilbury has been the gateway for several major projects: it was the Logistics consolidation hub for the London 2012 Olympic Games, Thames Tideway Tunnel, the building of Canary Wharf and Crossrail. However, it does not only focus on major infrastructure projects; it offers heavy lift services to a range of sectors handling everything from generators, wind turbines, tunnel boring machines to modular units.
The port operates London Construction link, which allows the transportation of construction materials to wharfs in central London. This allows direct transportation straight into London for raw material or finished products, but also offering storage and consolidation solutions, working on a number of iconic London projects including Battersea Power Station.
London Container Terminal is the fourth largest container terminal in the UK, with an annual throughput of 500,000 units. It has the fastest turnaround time in the UK for hauliers and optimised vehicle booking systems facilitated by 5 berths, split 3 on the river and 2 in dock. It ships to 96 ports and 50 countries worldwide and has 14 container calls per week. It offers flat rack services and has specialities in the perishable food industry with 1,400 reefer hook ups.
The only deep sea cruise terminal close to London is part of the Port of Tilbury; the historic London International Cruise Terminal is a listed building and over 100,000 passengers travel through the terminal per year. Capital Cruising (which operates through London International Cruise Terminal) has access to London City Moorings and therefore Capital Cruising can offer London City views on arrival.
The port plays a vital role in the UK grain market through the largest combined import and export grain terminal in the UK, which has its own dedicated riverside deep water berth and 200 separate silos capable of holding between 60 to 200mt of grain, resulting in a yearly capacity of 2 million tonnes split evenly between import and export. It is capable of handling deep sea vessels up to 70,000 mt with draughts of up to 12.5m on the river through its dedicated jetty and has two dedicated coaster loading berths – both for import or export. The Grain Terminal is currently expanding to include a flat store with capacity for a further 15,000 tonne capacity. 6 bulk handling berths and 7.4 acres cater for the range of dry bulk services and operations and are serviced by two harbour mobile and three Sennebogen hydraulic mobile cranes, making it a specialist in aggregates, cement, animal feed and recycled goods. The port handles 750,000 tonnes of bulk aggregates and 2 million tonnes of recycled products and facilitates these through its specialised warehousing such as its 60,000 tonne animal feed shed in addition to the 10,000 tonne of quay side storage. All of this storage is coupled with mobile hoppers and conveyors for quick and efficient discharge as well as a dedicated rail terminal with 5,600 tonne of stock piling space across 8 separate concrete bays. As part of the Tilbury2 development we will be building a Construction Materials and Aggregates Terminal (CMAT) for handling and processing bulk construction material with a new deep water aggregate river berth.
The Port of Tilbury is home to our award winning Logistics Training Academy, offering a range of training and educational programmes from technical and apprenticeship through to leadership and management, including a Supply Chain Logistics Degree. The Academy reaches out to local communities and businesses to promote the excellent opportunities for long term careers in the ports and logistics centre.
The port has capacity to handle non-hazardous liquid bulks for customers through bespoke silo based solutions, but also has licensing to handle all classes of dangerous goods in container form.  The port also offers bespoke silo storage solutions for individual customers.
The Port of Tilbury is located on the Lower Thames and is the largest Port on the River, handling over 20 million tonnes per annum. As a statutory Port Authority we offer a wide range of services for our customers. The Marine department offer a 24-7 service with a wide range of berths for a range of cargo types. Offering 47 berths the dock is accessed through as lock entrance 3 different lock options, with the ability to accommodate vessels of panamax size, and up to 10.5m draft. There are also 7 river berths which can take up to 12.5m draft vessels. Layby berths are also available on request.
The port has a wealth of expertise in the forest products sector, providing supply chain solution for a diverse range of companies in the paper and forest material industry. The port has two highly efficient paper terminals, making it a leader in the import and export of paper for short sea markets. The port owns the Enterprise Distribution Centre, a fully automated terminal providing a UK portcentric solution that handles 700,000 tonnes per year. In addition to Enterprise, the port owns London Paper Terminal, a specialised consolidation facility with a wealth of expertise and equipment to provide supply chain solutions for a number of forest product customers. The port is the main UK import location for the consolidation of Forest Products for a diverse range of forest product customers, with a strong history of supporting and providing value added services to customers handling plywood and timber through flooring and bespoke timber frame houses.
Spread over more than 1,000 acres, including 20 acres of HGV parks, the port offers a variety of property based solutions for logistics & maritime focused customers. It offers both in and out of dock facilities, including office facilities, haulage parking, warehousing and storage yards.
The port handles 2 million tonnes of recycled products each year and this makes up approximately 15% of its throughput. The port handles RDF/SRF waste, raw processed glass products and recycled woodchip. On top of this a tenanted operation specialising in scrap metal handles over 1 million tonnes a year.
With expertise in handling and storing a range of project cargo and carrying out heavy lift the port is well places to assist with renewable projects. Through the excellent worldwide service routes into the port and good intermodal connections, the port is able to offer the services to support consolidation centres and fit hubs for a diverse range of renewable projects. The port itself has 4 wind turbines located within the port providing up to 60% of the port’s electricity needs.
The port hosts 16 freight services per week from Europe, including two daily ferries from Zeebrugge for P&O, a bi-weekly service serving Scandinavia and a weekly calls from Africa and South America. The port handle the import and export of cars and heavy plant equipment for a number of market leaders. To support growth in this sectors, a new ro-ro Terminal will be built for P&O Ferries as part of the Tilbury2 development creating a new deep water ro-ro river berth.
The Port of Tilbury provides a variety of warehousing solutions for both inside and outside the Port’s boundary. Our warehousing solutions compliment our customers’ varied cargoes and provide the highest standards. All customers, regardless of the cargo type, have an effective portcentric solution that adds value and efficiencies within their supply chain and allows customers to be environmentally friendly.

Other Activities at the Port

Take an aerial tour of Tilbury

Please take a look at Port of Tilbury from the air. Our aerial tour will guide you through the business areas within the Port of Tilbury.

 

Port of Tilbury Police

The Port of Tilbury Police is one of the oldest land Police force in the UK being established in 1802.  Up until the 1960’s the force was the third largest in the country.

Today the Port of Tilbury Police consists of fifteen warranted officers who are privately funded by Forth Ports.  They work closely alongside UK Border Force, The National Crime Agency and Special Branch.  Our officers are fully trained to Home Office Standards receiving their initial training alongside Essex colleagues with whom they maintain a close working relationship, regularly assisting them responding to emergency calls within the Tilbury area.

The Port of Tilbury Police provide a specialist policing function which includes investigating, detecting, arresting and prosecuting offenders; providing a safe and secure environment for all businesses and people working and operating within the port estate.

During the past 18 months, the Port of Tilbury Police have developed a community style policing role that has enabled the port to share best practice in areas such as intelligence gathering, crime prevention and its response to incidents.

Our modern vehicle fleet carries medical gases, defibrillators and comprehensive first aid kits as well as environmental spill protection equipment.

The port is covered and controlled by a modern equipped control room serving in excess of 500 cameras and 6 Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras.

In 2002 the Port of Tilbury Police were awarded the prestigious award of the Freeman of the Borough of Thurrock, one of only five holders of such distinguished award.

Key Contacts

Paul Dale
Asset & Site Director
Port of Tilbury London Limited
Leslie Ford House
Tilbury
Essex
RM18 7EH

Tel: +44 (0)1375 852218

paul.dale@potll.com

Peter Ward
Commercial Director
Port of Tilbury London Limited
Leslie Ford House
Tilbury
Essex
RM18 7EH

Tel: +44 (0)1375 852485

peter.ward@potll.com

Alison Hall
Commercial & Marketing Manager
Port of Tilbury London Limited
Leslie Ford House
Tilbury
Essex
RM18 7EH

Tel: +44 (0)1375 852486

alison.hall@potll.com

Danny Champion
Asset Manager, Enterprise Distribution Centre
Port of Tilbury London Limited
Leslie Ford House
Tilbury
Essex
RM18 7EH

Tel: +44 (0)1375 852403

danny.champion@potll.com

Mark Faraway
Asset Manager, Grain & Bulks
Port of Tilbury London Limited
Leslie Ford House
Tilbury
Essex
RM18 7EH

Tel: +44 (0)1375 852313

mark.faraway@potll.com

Steve Lyons
Head of Cruise and Senior Development Manager
Port of Tilbury London Limited
Leslie Ford House
Tilbury
Essex
RM18 7EH

Tel: +44 (0)1375 852308

steve.lyons@potll.com

Ross McKissock
Asset Manager, London Container Terminal
Port of Tilbury London Limited
Leslie Ford House
Tilbury
Essex
RM18 7EH

Tel: +44 (0)1375 854702

ross.mckissock@potll.com

John Russell
Asset Manager, London Paper Terminal
Port of Tilbury London Limited
Leslie Ford House
Tilbury
Essex
RM18 7EH

Tel: +44 (0)1375 852291

john.russell@potll.com

John Speakman
Senior Asset Manager, Property
Port of Tilbury London Limited
Leslie Ford House
Tilbury
Essex
RM18 7EH

Tel: +44 (0)1375 852379

john.speakman@potll.com

Shaun Wood
Asset Manager, Conventional
Port of Tilbury London Limited
Leslie Ford House
Tilbury
Essex
RM18 7EH

Tel: +44 (0)1375 852316

shaun.wood@potll.com

Geoff Holland
Harbour Master Tilbury
Port of Tilbury London Limited
Leslie Ford House
Tilbury
Essex
RM18 7EH

Tel: +44 (0)1375 852447

geoff.holland@potll.com

Simon Harper
Learning & Development Manager
Port of Tilbury London Limited
Leslie Ford House
Tilbury
Essex
RM18 7EH

Tel: +44 (0)1375 852401

simon.harper@potll.com

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