Ripe opportunity! Port of Dover’s cargo terminal plans align with growth in reefer trades

Plans for the Port of Dover to build two new £120 million cargo berths and a distribution facility at the Western Docks are proving well timed as investment in banana plantations literally bears fruit! 

The Port of Dover handles over 25% of all UK banana imports.  As volumes increase, the owners and operators of the specialist reefer (refrigerated) container ships that transport fruit are responding with ever larger tonnage.

Seatrade, the world’s largest reefer operator and owner discharges at the Port of Dover year-round on its weekly Costa Rica/Colombia/Europe, and Ecuador/Peru/Europe trade routes.   The Port of Dover offers the shortest transit time to European markets from South America.  Seatrade is investing in new tonnage, including two new 2,200 TEU reefer container vessels currently under construction in China for delivery in 2016.   

The Port of Dover also features on Africa Express Line’s weekly service using a fleet of 8 reefers.  Plans are underway for the capacity of its vessels to be increased by 25%.

With increasing demand from UK consumers, higher crop production, and the need for fast and efficient delivery from quayside to supermarket shelf, the Port of Dover’s cargo business looks set for positive growth.

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Posted on 21/10/2014