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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Forth Ports News

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ALE, OM Heavy Lift to Raise Dundee Offshore Profile

Global heavy lift and transportation specialist ALE has expanded its heavy lifting services by establishing a non-disclosure agreement with the Port of Dundee, which is owned by Forth Ports, and lifting, jacking and storage specialist OM Heavy Lift to provide the full service of port operations.ALE signed the agreement with OM Heavy Lift, a subsidary of OilMac who recently bought ALE’s Gottwald MK1500 crane, and the Port of Dundee.ALE will be working alongside OM Heavy Lift, with the use of their heavy crane…

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Forth Ports Welcomes New Work Boats

Forth Ports, the UK’s third largest port group, has officially welcomed two new multimillion pound vessels to join their fleet of tugs and pilot boats working on the River Forth.The GBP 6 million investment in the two vessels to work on Scotland’s largest waterway sees the arrival of a powerful Sanmar tug and a state-of-the-art pilot boat from Holyhead Marine.The tug was built by leading ship builder Sanmar, is 28 metres long with two engines producing 2,700 brake horsepower and a bollard pull of 70 tonnes. It also has fire-fighting capabilities.

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Forth Ports Traning Academy Construction Begins

Forth Port’s Chief Executive was joined by apprentices, graduates and Skills Development Scotland for a ‘turf-cutting’ ceremony to officially mark the start of construction of a new, purpose-built, Training Academy located within the Port of Grangemouth, Scotland’s biggest port. The Training Academy is being built to ensure that the right skills are in place to support the future growth of the business and sustainability of the ports, as well as providing opportunities and flexibility for employees to broaden their skills and enhance their careers and job satisfaction.

Ann Rooney Photo Forth Ports

Rooney Appointed Business Development Manager, Forth Port

Forth Ports, the UK’s third largest ports group, has appointed Ann Rooney as its new Business Development Manager to focus on oil and gas support and decommissioning activity for Scotland. Ann is a senior executive experienced in business development and operational functions within the shipping, logistics and marine sector. She previously worked with DB Schenker for seven years in various roles and also with GAC Shipping Limited as project coordinator and ships agent. Ann, who has started with the business…

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Forth Ports Secures Scotland's First AEO Accreditation

Forth Ports, one of the UK’s largest port groups, has been awarded an internationally recognized quality mark – the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) - issued by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) – for its major ports on the River Forth. The AEO accreditation recognizes that the customs controls and procedures at each of the ports are efficient and compliant and most importantly, secure. The ports of Grangemouth, Leith and Rosyth are the first ports in Scotland to receive full AEO status for security and customs simplification processes.

Marie-Louise Clayton Photo courtesny Zotefoams plc

Clayton To Join Clarkson Board

Clarkson PLC announced that Marie-Louise Clayton will join the Board as a Non-Executive Director with effect from 1 January 2017. She will take over as Chair of the Audit Committee following the Annual General Meeting in May 2017 when James Morley, who has been a Non-Executive Director for nine years, will retire from the Board. Marie-Louise Clayton brings a wealth of financial and strategic experience from a broad range of businesses from technology and manufacturing to sugar processing, power and energy.

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Grangemouth Port Workers to Take Strike Action

Staff at the Port of Grangemouth - one of the country’s biggest ports handling 150,000 containers each year - have voted for strike action over changes to conditions by employer Forth Ports, reports Daily Record. Workers at Scotland's largest container port are to begin a two-week strike on Tuesday in a dispute over rotas and pay. The union Unite said all but two of 75 "operatives" based at the Port of Grangemouth had voted for action in a ballot. The workers include crane drivers and loaders.

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London Looking to Expand Team of Marine Pilots

The Port of London Authority (PLA) is recruiting 12 new pilots this year to respond to increased traffic on the Thames. The PLA is looking for candidates with a Class 1 Unlimited Certificate of Competency. Other suitably qualified candidate who can demonstrate experience relative to marine pilotage will also be considered. The candidates will typically undertake a 28-week training course consisting of training on the PLA’s ship bridge simulator and tug simulator, training in Vessel Traffic Services and on board tugs and ships, with regular reviews, assessments and oral exams.

New quayside to prepare port for North Sea oil & gas Courtesy Port of Dundee

Largest Investment in Dundee Port

Forth Ports Limited announced today that it plans to make the largest investment in the history of the Port of Dundee. The port owner is to invest more than £10 million to create a new quayside with an industry-leading “heavy lift” capability, coupled with a significant onshore operational area. This will position the Port of Dundee at the forefront of the North Sea oil & gas decommissioning and offshore wind sectors. This privately funded investment will result in the development of the quayside at the East end of the port, connecting to the existing Prince Charles Wharf.

Port of London Authority Names Chief Harbor Master

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has appointed Bob Baker as chief harbor master. Bob Baker will join the PLA from Forth Ports, where he has been chief harbor master since 2001. He will succeed David Phillips, who is retiring from the PLA in April, after nine years’ service. Bob Baker’s seagoing career lasted from 1975 to 1991, before he came ashore to work at the Port of Tilbury, latterly as general manager, conventional operations and harbor master. He has been chief harbor master at Forth Ports and a director of Forth Estuary Towage since 2001.

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Economic Importance of River Thames

The vital role that the River Thames plays in the economy, the movement of freight and the transport of passengers – and also in the wellbeing of the capital’s residents – has been made clear in two new reports launched by the Port of London Authority (PLA) this week during London International Shipping Week. PLA chief executive Robin Mortimer revealed some significant data relating to the river, which is home to the UK’s second biggest port. The tidal Thames and the Port of London generate 43…

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Forth Ports Invests in Grangemouth Refrigeration Containers

As part of the move to boost for importers and exporters of fresh produce using Scotland’s largest container terminal , the port of Grangemouth is to receive investment from its owners, Forth Ports Ltd to increase its capacity for refrigerated containers. Forth Ports is significantly investing in extending the electricity supply infrastructure at Grangemouth from 126 specialist power supply points to 432. Refrigerated containers – known as ‘reefers’ – need power immediately on…

Port of Grangemouth. Photo by Forth Ports

Port of Grangemouth Expands Container Capacity

The Port of Grangemouth is the largest container terminal in Scotland and the port’s owner, Forth Ports Limited, has announced that it’s going to get even bigger. Forth Ports will invest GBP £1.5 million investment at Grangemouth in surface upgrading works on an area of about 6,325 square metres. Forth Ports said that the investment was designed to increase the terminal's total capacity to 12,000 TEUs, the industry standard container size of 20-foot equivalent units. This latest expansion of the container storage area…

Nicholas Scott-Gray. Picture: Montrose Port Authority (MPA)

Montrose Port Authority Appoints New Executive

Nicholas Scott-Gray has been appointed as the head of UK-based Montrose Port Authority (MPA)  – bringing with him more than 26 years’ experience within the port and shipping sectors. He brings with him over 26 years of experience within the port and shipping sectors, said a statement. Scott-Gray was most recently the business development manager at Forth Ports Ltd where he successfully developed the company’s commercial strategy for the development of the ports under its umbrella.

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Dales Marine Fills Its Scotland Docks

Ship repair and specialist fabrication firm Dales Marine reports a first time achievement as all of its seven docks around Scotland are full for the first time today. Dales Marine’s docks are filled with vessels ranging from offshore supply vessels to ferries, and are all owned by different firms. The work being carried out at Dales Marine’s six bases in Aberdeen, Leith (which has two docks), Grangemouth, Montrose, Greenock and Troon is a mixture of planned repair and maintenance, along with weather-related unplanned repairs.

Forth Ports and Port of Zeebrugge Join Forces in a Strategic Agreement

MoU signed to explore new container cargo opportunities. Forth Ports Limited and Port of Zeebrugge / MBZ have (18 June 2013) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which marks the start of a strategic agreement between the Port companies with the aim of the exploring mutual opportunities to attract new container cargo volumes. Both ports have complementary assets both in current trade arrangements and geographical positioning and through this MoU, Forth Ports and Port of Zeebrugge have agreed to explore initiatives to develop these current trade links and connections.

UK Port Orders 14 Cargotec Straddle Carriers

UK based Forth Ports orders the carriers for its upgrade of the London Container Terminal (LCT) at Tilbury. Forth Ports is investing in substantial equipment and site upgrading to LCT to ensure customers continue to receive a first rate and enhanced service. It is also integrating LCT with the busy short-sea terminal, also located at Tilbury. Part of the investment plan is the purchase of 14 new Kalmar ESC 450W straddle carriers from Cargotec. LCT handles in excess of half a million containers per year and is the only UK port servicing both deep sea and short sea customers.

New Scottish Cargo Service

Scottish cargo customers are benefiting from the launch of a new domestic service, linking the Port of Grangemouth to strategic east coast English ports. Forth Ports has recently teamed up with Feederlink to provide a service from Grangemouth – the UK’s largest feeder port – to Southampton, offering an opportunity for Scottish customers with export, import and domestic cargo needs. The new route meets the demands of a range of industry sectors – in particular retail and supermarket trade – and port centred logistics.