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New agri-hub fully operational at the Port of Rosyth

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Scotland’s largest agricultural products hub (agri-hub) is now fully operational at the Port of Rosyth, with the arrival of the Baltic Mantis bulk cargo ship and her load of over 30 000 t of animal feed from Argentina.

As part of a long-term partnership with Forth Ports and Cefetra Ltd, the Fife port has now become the main Scotland’s principal agri-hub, handling an extensive range of agricultural products for the Scottish animal feed, food and drink and farming industries.

To create the unrivalled agri-hub, the Port of Rosyth has been deepened to provide a true deep-water port capable of taking vessels carrying up to 50 000 t of cargo. Its existing storage facilities have been significantly extended with the addition of a new, 200 000 ft2 purpose built agricultural products terminal, increasing the port’s storage capacity to around 100 000 t. The terminal was built by Luddon Construction, and the port manages all the operations in the store.

The port has invested in a new Liebherr mobile harbour crane for bulk handling capability at the agri-hub. This new mobile harbour crane has powerful transmission and advanced electronics for bulk handing.

To further enhance the port’s bulk handling process, and to manage dust emissions, a new SAMSON ecological hopper is also now in place at the port. The eco hopper is the first of its kind in the UK and forms a key component of the new agri-bulk hub facility.

Derek Knox, Senior Port Manager, The Port of Rosyth said: “This is an exciting time for the Port of Rosyth as it sees another significant investment programme for its customer, Cefetra, reflecting the strategy of working in partnership to deliver supply chain solutions reach fruition. This new agri-hub and Liebherr mobile harbour crane bring together the port’s logistics links, as well as its marine capability. The new SAMSON eco hopper is also a key part of the company’s dust control at the port.”

Andrew Mackay, Managing Director at Cefetra Ltd, said: “The company is pleased with the new Rosyth agri-hub development. It would like to thank Forth Ports and their contractors Luddon, Liebherr and Samson for delivering the purpose-built facilities. The agri-hub will increase the efficiency of its supply chains, allowing the company to take advantage of scale and location, bringing additional benefits to its customers and to Scottish agriculture for the long term.”

Rosyth’s location and logistical links to the motorway network, make it ideally suited to supply all areas of Scotland and Northern England. In addition, Rosyth, being near to continental Europe, has advantages in short sea freight.

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