DAN Shipping & Chartering, part of the John Good group of companies, recently handled the first vessel carrying imported shipments of steel piling into Grimsby for the construction of the £25million Ro-Ro Grimsby Riverside Terminal (GRT), after being appointed as ship’s agent on behalf of Graham Construction.
Specialist car-carrying ships currently berth in Grimsby’s Alexandra Dock, accessed through the port’s original Royal Lock built in 1852. The lock entrance limits ship size capacity to a maximum of 800 cars per vessel. GRT will offer lock-free access for two vessels carrying up to 3,000 cars each, significantly increasing the port’s capacity and making it more attractive to car manufacturers and shipping lines. It will link directly into the port’s extensive car storage facilities.
Steve Pullen of DAN Shipping explains: “With over 25 years’ experience looking after all requirements of vessels calling at the port, including documentation, repatriation and customs procedures, DAN Shipping uses its local knowledge to ensure a safe arrival and departure whilst co-ordinating operations and services for a speedy turnaround of the vessel. We are confident that Graham Construction chose DAN Shipping in the knowledge that the vessel would be handled in a professional and efficient manner.”
The Port of Grimsby & Immingham is the UK’s busiest car-handling port, with over 632,000 units shipped in 2011. Manufacturers serviced at Grimsby include Volkswagen Group, Toyota and Peugeot Citroen.
The first riverside terminal to be developed in the Port of Grimsby will have the added benefit of offering new berthing capacity to vessels deployed in supporting the fast-growing offshore wind operations and maintenance business.
The first ships are expected to berth at the new facility in the first half of 2013.