Forth Ports and Zeebrugge enter strategic agreement

  • UK terminal operator and Belgian port sign MoU to explore container cargo opportunities

UK port operator Forth Ports and the Belgian Port of Zeebrugge have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) marking the start of a strategic agreement aimed at driving container traffic at their respective facilities.

Through this MoU, Forth Ports and Port of Zeebrugge have agreed to explore initiatives to develop their current trade links and connections. The agreement will initially focus on enhancing container cargo volumes at the Port of Zeebrugge and London Container Terminal (LCT) in Tilbury which is the UK's 3rd largest container terminal.

“This is great news and a real opportunity to capitalise on synergies at both ports,” said Forth Ports’ chief operating officer, Perry Glading.

“Tilbury has a unique position in the UK at the heart of the London and South East markets.”

“Using a regular feeder service from Zeebrugge we offer an alternative to large deep sea vessels who need only make one call at the Belgium ports for the onward feed service to the UK.”

“We have a significant investment programme underway at LCT and have already installed a new ICT system, purchased 14 new straddle carriers and installed a new single lock gate.”

Independent business advisors Maritime & Transport Business Solutions (MTBS) completed the market analysis for LCT which has led to the MoU being agreed by both ports. MTBS will remain on board to provide further support as the project develops.

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