To satisfy growing customer demand for container storage and the complexities of their supply chains, Maritime Transport Ltd. has established a long-term agreement with Associated British Ports (ABP) to operate a six-acre loaded container storage facility at the Port of Ipswich.

Located off dock at West Bank Terminal and within easy reach of the A12 and A14, Maritime’s latest addition to its depot portfolio will provide space for up to 2,500 TEU, increasing overall container storage capacity across its network by 12%.

The new facility will be fully operational from 1st May 2022, and will represent one of eight strategically-placed container terminals that Maritime operates which provide either long or short-term storage for both loaded and empty containers, including its rail-connected terminals in Manchester, Mossend, Tamworth, Wakefield, Tilbury, and Castle Donnington, an offsite storage facility in Northampton, and a new storage yard currently under construction at the Port of Liverpool scheduled for completion in November 2022.

Two Kalmar reach stackers will be utilised onsite immediately to service container throughput. Both machines form part of an order for 12 new reach stackers which will be distributed across Maritime’s terminals throughout 2022, ensuring efficient and flexible loading and stacking of containers and other heavy goods. Two new SANY H9 reach stackers are scheduled to arrive at Maritime’s West Bank facility in July. 

John Williams, Group Executive Chairman, Maritime Transport:

‘Establishing a six-acre storage depot for loaded containers at West Bank marks the beginning of a long-term and strategic partnership with ABP. It also demonstrates our determination to deliver additional off dock storage, which complements our growing network of inland rail terminals, and provides even greater choice to our customers on a port-centric basis. We look forward to supporting the activities of a Port that handles more than two million tonnes of cargo per year by maximising storage options, and making a significant contribution to local, national, and international supply chains.’

Andrew Harston, ABP Wales and Short Sea Ports Director:

‘ABP is proud to work with Maritime, a leading provider of road and rail solutions in the area and across the rest of the UK. Our partnership highlights the huge demand for port-centric storage solutions, and the growing interest we have seen from logistics providers in basing storage facilities at the Port of Ipswich. ABP will continue to provide superbly connected space and the infrastructure to support our customers as they grow, and we are confident many, many businesses will maximise on this fantastic opportunity.’