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
Port of Tilbury (London) Services
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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.