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Ocean Terminal boss “proud” of new trade link with China

THE boss of Greenock Ocean Terminal says it will be a “proud moment” when he welcomes the first-ever direct container service linking China and Scotland.

The TV reported on Wednesday how the new service is being launched in response to global supply chain pressures.

This is a partnership between KC Liner Agencies, DKT Allseas and China Xpress, cutting transit times in half compared to collection services via mainland Europe or other southern UK ports.

Jim McSporran, Clydeport Director at Terminal Owners Peel Ports, said: “It is a real vote of confidence that we have been chosen for this connection.

“Greenock Ocean Terminal offers the flexibility to handle increased freight volumes and we look forward to working with KC Liner Agencies, DKT Allseas and China Xpress on this momentous partnership.”

The maiden voyage from Ningbo, China, is due to dock at Scotland’s deepest container terminal in late August.

It will lead to three crossings a month in each direction, calling at Ningbo and the Chinese city of Shenzhen, before arriving in Greenock via its “sister” container terminal in Liverpool.

The first container terminal on the west coast of Scotland, Ocean Terminal is responsible for the safe handling of a throughput of 100,000 twenty-foot equivalents per year.

Peel recently announced it would be installing two huge new cranes in the biggest investment at the terminal since it opened in 1969.