ONE of the latest expansion developments at the Port of Tilbury has now been completed.
A new major storage facility at the port’s Grain Terminal is in operation. It store increases the capacity at the terminal by an additional 16,000 metric tonnes of both import and export wheat.
The terminal, which handles more than 1.4million tonnes annually of combinable crops for both for the export and UK markets, is one of the UK’s largest and celebrates its 50th year of operation in June this year.
Key customers include Frontier and Millford Grain who have taken a long term commitment to store their grains at the terminal.
The new flat storage facility is 36m x 66m and six metres in height.
It is built adjacent to the existing grain terminal and utilises the mill gallery conveyor system with overhead conveyors feeding the new storage unit automatically.
The port’s commercial director Peter Ward said: “As we celebrate the grain terminal’s 50th year, this new flat store provides us with more capacity to support our customer’s growing volumes.
“We are one of the UK’s largest grain stores with over 35million tonnes of product handled over the past 50 years and we hope to continue to play a significant part in the sector in the next half century.
“Our flexibility, capacity and quality accreditations, including AIB, TASCC and Organic Certified, allows us to deal with any changing trade patterns.”
Commenting on the expansion, Alistair Groves from Millford Grain said: “The addition of this new flat store facility considerably helps Millford Grain as a business, and our customers’ requirements. It also underlines the port’s commitment to long term investment for our sector.”
The grain terminal has more than 200 silos ranging in size from 60 to over 2,000 metric tonnes, supporting the flour and ingredient market for the southeast, London and up to the Midlands.
The terminal also operates a monthly coastal shipping service from Tilbury to its sister port in Kirkcaldy, Scotland for Carr’s Milling.