Partners in Construction - Nine Elmes on the South Bank

Ross Walker, Business Development Manager at Peel Ports explains the importance of supply chain collaboration to drive value in order to support the delivery of major UK infrastructure projects.

What links the largest regeneration zone in central London, covering 561 acres, has attracted billions of pounds of private sector investment and will see this area transform on mass scale* with the Isle of Sheppey in Kent?

The port of Sheerness is earmarked to do just that and will see approximately 130,000 tonnes of rebar imported during 2019/20. This is estimated to be around 40% of the South-East market for imported rebar and will support construction projects across the country, similar to the one in Nine Elms.

How does Peel Ports achieve this? Supply chain collaboration. Whilst this isn’t new, its importance is becoming more common and more critical. At Peel Ports, we work with major fabricators in the construction sector such as Thames Reinforcement Limited (TRL), who will supply around 30,000 tonnes of cut, bent and fabricated rebar cages into this project.

Not only does Peel Ports take great pride in delivering a professional service to our customers, but equally important, is our contribution to such a significant UK project such as Nine Elmes. In return, this allows our valued customers to compete effectively in their respective sector, drive added value and maximise their potential. TRL’s operations director, Des Conaty, explains the importance of a robust supply chain with collaboration at every stage. 

“Working in partnership with Peel Ports in Sheerness enables us to maximise shipping and haulage efficiencies and the associated commercial benefits. The close working relationship we have forged, allows us to jointly develop procedures and practices. This results in our feedstock being discharged, handled and stored to our agreed standards and is available on demand. As one of the most advanced rebar manufacturers in the country we require a continuous feed of CARES approved steel rebar in both bar and coil form to supply our state-of-the-art facilities in Kent”.

The Port of Sheerness, located on the south-east coast, is perfectly positioned to receive rebar from right across continental Europe, the Middle East and as European Safeguarding quotas begin to bite, from further afield. Similarly, our proximity to London and the South East construction market makes us ideally located to serve the largest construction market in the country.

The port boasts state-of-the-art equipment including the recently purchased Liebherr LHM280 mobile harbour crane. Providing an 84 tonne lifting capacity, the crane has a discharge rate of up to 2,000 tonnes per day of rebar and 3,000 tonnes of coil - bolstering our quayside productivity and increasing import capacity and capability at the port. Furthermore, our dedicated and experienced team of stevedore’s means that we can handle the largest to the smallest rebar cargoes. Working in partnership with our valued customers and their load-ports enables us to provide vessel discharge rates that are the best in the UK.

So what’s the link? A passion to provide robust, collaborative and innovative supply chain services to support the delivery of major UK infrastructure projects for our customers in the construction sector and beyond.

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