London Medway – a key strategic location for bulks customers

Blog by London Medway Sales Manager, Andrew Hunter.

Next month I will be attending Breakbulk Europe 2019, one of the industry’s biggest events, attracting businesses from all over the world, to discuss the challenges and opportunities which affect the global supply chain. 

As Sales Manager for the Peel Ports London Medway cluster, there are issues which are raised time and time again when working with customers who require robust supply chain solutions. These challenges include unrestricted berth availability, efficient vessel discharge and adequate storage solutions.

My goal is to alleviate these challenges for our customers and develop long-term market leading solutions, using the unique geographic and technological benefits that London Medway offers.

Location, Location, Location….

A key strategic location, Peel Ports London Medway cluster includes the ports of Sheerness and Chatham and provides unrivalled connectivity to the South East. The cluster also includes 450 acres of storage and a further 200 acres of land for development – all of which support our commitment to deliver port-centric strategies for our customers. 

Recent investments completed this year means we have completely removed weight restrictions on all our lock systems at the port of Chatham. This has helped reduce delays and maximise efficiencies for customers, providing a more attractive proposition and UK entry point over other southern ports.

A much larger port in terms of size and scale, Sheerness provides the perfect location for customers with import and export requirements, with 24 hour unrestricted berthing, large scale storage capabilities and rapid access to the London market via the M2 and M20. The port-centric location offers a variety of import and export options for national and international distribution.

Diversifying our offering 

But strategic location alone is not enough. Over the last 3 years Peel Ports has invested over £50m into its London Medway ports, which has not only expanded the range of commodities we can handle, but also created further opportunities for our customers through diversification.  

Recent investments in infrastructure and technologies such as new Grain Store facilities, a state-of-the-art Liebherr crane to improve handling capabilities and efficient discharge of bulks, and a new £5m floating pontoon which can accommodate two Stern Ramp vessels, will also enable us to support the import, export, storage and distribution of paper, plywood, aggregates, various forms of steel commodities, and other bulk products.  

At Sheerness, we have developed the UK’s largest forest products terminals, handling around 1.3million tonnes of timber, plywood, paper and pulp a year. This will be boosted by the completion of our Wellmarsh site, part of a 20-year master plan of growth for the port. 

In addition to other sectors, the 50-acre site will support the growing market for forest products in the region, driven by the booming construction sector and growing number of timber merchants, construction projects and requirements for construction materials in the area.

These port centric developments are already resulting in strategic customer partnerships, in particular Rowlinson Timber which recently announced the relocation of their timber treatment facility and import operations to Sheerness. Working together we developed a bespoke distribution, storage and timber treatment facility, to meet their current and predicted future expansion requirements.

For me, London Medway is proof that by amalgamating strategic location with a diverse range of technologies, material handling, value add services and management, we can create flexible, purpose-built logistics facilities for key bulk customers.  

To find out more how London Medway can support your bulks business, visit me at Stand Q77 at this year’s Breakbulk Europe. To book a meeting you can click HERE.

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