Please be advised of the below notification from the Port of Grangemouth.
Over the course of this week, vehicle turnaround times continue to be impacted by the high volume of containers currently located within the terminal. The trend of more containers coming into the terminal than leaving has continued this week and in an attempt to address this matter there has been further reductions in VBS slots available. This reduced number will continue to be applied for a period of time and we request that only export containers intended to be shipped on vessels due in Port over the next few days are delivered. Import containers and Empty containers will continue to be handled within the parameters of the VBS system. The reduction in VBS slots will also assist in improving vehicle turnaround times.
Vessels currently in Port or due in Port over the next few days include the following:
- Heluan (on berth)
- BG Ireland (on berth)
- Anna G
- Alderbarn J
In recent weeks, there has been a surge in export volume arriving into the Port involving a combination of peak volume periods, Brexit contingency planning and some concerns over possible future lockdown restrictions with all of these contributing to the high demand for space. Unfortunately, the Port has limited visibility on projected volume flows but there is a need for further action to be taken given there is volume being delivered into the Port that is not for immediate shipment. The high capacity in the terminal is resulting in slower terminal operations for both landside and shipside activities, however, it is intended that by limiting the volume of export containers arriving into the Port will assist in freeing storage space in the terminal and move it to a position where more containers are leaving the Port than arriving which in turn will improve terminal performance. The measures taken will continue until such times as there is an improvement in storage space available in the terminal and we will provide further updates on this in due course.
Port of Grangemouth