Waterways # 4: Port of Tilbury

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The major gateway to London and the South East

The Port of Tilbury is London’s major port, providing fast, modern distribution services for the benefit of the south east of England and beyond. A dynamic and diverse port handling the full range of cargoes with specialist expertise in the handling of paper and forest products, containers & Ro Ro, grain and bulk commodities and construction and building materials.

Tilbury’s strategic location makes it the natural point for distribution with 18 million people living within 75 miles. Serving the UK’s market, the port offers customer’s excellent transport links to and from the capital and across the South East where over 50% of the population live and work.

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The Port is a diverse multi-modal hub, covering over 850 acres and is well positioned to access the M25 orbital motorway and the rest of the UK’s national motorway network. In addition, there are direct rail connections within the Port, with access to the whole of the UK and dedicated barge facilities.

The Port handles over 16m tonnes of cargo annually and can distribute within an hour to most businesses in London and the South East.

London Container Terminal, situated within Port of Tilbury, provides a unique combination of deep sea and European short sea trades at the same facility. It is the first of many connections the Port is making to join supply chains.

Port of Tilbury also handles significant levels of diverse cargo including the importation of paper, containers, grain (main terminal for the South East) and has various bulk handling facilities, all of which are handled at 34 operational berths in dock and on river facilities.

Flexible tailored service packages can be provided to meet all import, export and distribution requirements as a vital part of the supply chain with fully optimised computer traceability.
London Container Terminal (LCT) provides a unique combination of European Short Sea and Deep Sea services at the same facility.  As the UK’s third largest container terminal, Tilbury handles over half a million containers per year.

The London Construction Link (LCL) is collaboration between the Port of Tilbury and S. Walsh, one of the leading construction solutions companies in London.

The partnership is seeking to relieve congestion on the capital’s roads, with associated cycling safety and CO2 benefits, through promoting greater use of construction consolidation and the use of the river for construction projects on or near the Thames.
LCL builds upon the Tilbury’s pedigree as the logistics and distribution hub for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and S. Walsh’s success as the largest marine operator on the Thames. LCL is supported by British Cycling.

Sources | Forth Ports and London Disitribution Park 

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