£750,000 Investment In Port Of Greenock’s Refrigerated Infrastructure

17 May, 2024 | Clyde Shipping, Local

The Port of Greenock today with cargo ship Aila and cruise ship Le Bellot

THE Port of Greenock has significantly improved its refrigerated cargo storage and distribution capacity.

Around £750,000 has been invested in the infrastructure used to handle refrigerated containers, also known as reefers.

The number of reefer points has increased from 32 to 220.

The project has increased ease of access to global markets for food and drink manufacturers, with commodities like seed potatoes, meats, fish, fruit and vegetables and dairy products directly benefiting from the upgrades.

The expansion also brings benefits to pharmaceuticals manufacturers, the agriculture industry and other enterprises dealing with temperature-sensitive goods.

The investment includes the addition of a new substation to the port’s network, the construction of new purpose-built reefer gantries, and the upgrade of existing reefer facilities.

It also eliminates the need for diesel generators, helping exporters to reduce the carbon emissions produced by their operations.

Jim McSporran, port director, Peel Ports Clydeport, said: “This significant investment into the Port of Greenock’s reefer points infrastructure underscores our commitment to providing world-class facilities to support the needs of our customers in Scotland.

“We are excited about the opportunities this investment brings for businesses involved in exporting perishable goods, especially at a time when demand for temperature-sensitive goods is growing. We look forward to playing an even bigger role in Scotland’s export success.”

Craig Scrimgeour, Scotland director at Drac Logistics, a firm which supports the import and export of perishable foods across the world, said: “We’re really pleased to hear about this reefer investment at the Port of Greenock ahead of the imminent arrival of its two new ship-to-shore cranes later this year.

“This will significantly increase our ability to store and transfer our cargo, as well as our access to global markets.

“It’s really positive news for import and export companies across the country, and we believe it will support and attract new services into Scotland’s only deep water container port.”

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