Associated British Ports (ABP) and Solent Stevedores have announced a joint investment of £17.5 million ($18.9 million) in a new container offering for deep sea shipping lines at the Port of Southampton.
The project will create an 18-acre facility, which will link the existing intermodal rail transport site with laden and empty container handling, storage, maintenance and repair within a single site boundary – a first for the Port of Southampton.
Due for completion in late 2023, the project broke ground in the Western Docks with contractors, Ryebridge Construction.
The project involves several site upgrades, including the introduction of 84 reefer plug points, extending the rail loading pad by 150 metres and a new track design to allow trains arrive and depart at the terminal independently on any of the three lines.
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The work will take place across three stages to enable the rail terminal to continue operating.
Stuart Cullen, Executive Chairman of Solent Stevedores, said: “This is a significant project for us and the latest phase of investment for the Solent Rail Terminal.
“We continue to upgrade and enhance our rail operations and infrastructure in partnership with the port to support the growth of cargo movement by rail and air quality initiatives.”
Alastair Welch, Regional Director at the Port of Southampton, said: “This investment not only enhances our containers customer offer, it is also part of the Port of Southampton’s multimodal strategy into the future and our commitment to help improve air quality in the local area.”
Last month Wärtsilä Voyage, part of the technology group Wärtsilä, signed a contract for a five-year framework agreement with ABP.