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24.03.2014

London Container Terminal Handles Largest Ever Container Ship

(A Port of Tilbury News Release)

First Call at Tilbury with over 9600 TEUs


London Container Terminal in Tilbury, owned by Forth Ports Limited, this week welcomed the brand new Cap San Lorenzo with her cargo of over 9600 TEUs. At a dead weight of around 124,500t the vessel is the largest container ship to call at Tilbury’s deep sea berth.

Commenting on the arrival, Perry Glading, Chief Operating Officer of Forth Ports (owners of London Container Terminal) said: “LCT is the only port in the UK truly serving both deep sea and short sea customers. The arrival of the Cap San Lorenzo this week demonstrates our expertise and capability to handle large vessels with thousands of TEUs on board quickly and smoothly. The LCT team completed the work in 22 hours, which was 2 hours ahead of the planned scheduled departure, at a gross productivity rate of 26 moves per hour. We look forward to further calls in the coming months.”

The Cap San Lorenzo is part of the Hamburg Süd fleet of deep sea ships.

Media enquiries:

London Container Terminal / Forth Ports:
Debbie Johnston, Spreng & Co, +44 141 548 5191 / +44 7532 183811 / debbie@sprengandco.com


Notes to editors:

About London Container Terminal

  • Forth Ports acquired fully Tilbury Container Terminal in January 2012, having bought out then joint owners DP World and Associated British Ports. Now rebranded as London Container Terminal, it is the UK’s third largest container port. The deep-sea terminal is located on the Thames and is a key shipping and distribution location with unrivalled access to London and the South East. It is a busy terminal, handling around 320,000 containers last year, an increase of 2.4% from 2010, and has a strong trading position with the North/South reefer trades primarily South America and South Africa and has strong links with a number of other deep sea trades. The Port of Tilbury also runs a successful short sea business which handled around 130,000 containers in 2011, up 7.6% from 2010. The short sea business provides regular links to Continental Europe and to other UK coastal feeder locations.
  • The upgrading of the existing facilities at the Port of Tilbury and LCT are part of a larger project involving significant investment to ensure customers receive the best service possible.
  • Portcentric at Tilbury provides a unique combination of logistics advantages by reducing road miles and carbon emissions making it a very green and environmentally friendly transport solution. The Port aims to expand this type of service to embrace other trade areas and customers. www.londoncontainerterminal.co.uk

About Forth Ports

  • Forth Ports Limited owns and operates eight commercial ports in the UK – Tilbury on the Thames, Dundee on the Firth of Tay and six on the Firth of Forth – Leith, Grangemouth, Rosyth, Methil, Burntisland and Kirkcaldy. It also has a business, Nordic, which operates out of Chatham in Kent and Tilbury, which is engaged in port activities and recycling. www.forthports.co.uk