Major Scottish export terminal invests £750,000 to boost refrigerated cargo capabilities

17/05/2024
Port Of Greenock

THE Port of Greenock has expanded its reefer point infrastructure from 32 to 220, significantly enhancing its refrigerated cargo storage and distribution capacity

Scottish exporters of perishable goods are set to benefit from a £750,000 investment into reefer point infrastructure at the Port of Greenock, which marks a significant upgrade to the country’s refrigerated cargo capabilities.

The substantial increase in reefer points, from 32 to 220, solidifies the port’s position as a leading hub for refrigerated and frozen cargo on the West Coast. It will significantly increase 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 huge benefits to pharmaceuticals manufacturers, the agriculture industry and other enterprises dealing with temperature-sensitive goods.

The investment has facilitated various upgrades, including 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.

The expanded reefer points infrastructure at the Port of Greenock offers a range of benefits to manufacturers, cargo owners, freight forwarders, and shipping lines alike, including opening up alternative routes to market and additional capacity to export larger volumes of refrigerated cargo.

The expansion 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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