Scotland’s largest container port, Port of Grangemouth, has opened a 50,000 sq.ft. warehouse development for EWOS Cargill Aqua Nutrition (CQN) Scotland.
The port, owned by Forth Ports, has invested over £2 million in the development of the bespoke storage warehouse for EWOS, which can accommodate over 6,000 tonnes of bulk raw materials at any one time. EWOS is based at Westfield, near Bathgate, which is around 20 minutes from the port, and manufactures aquafeed for fish farms across Scotland and for export to various other countries.
EWOS has commenced using the warehouse as part of a contract with the port to handle a significant amount of its bulk raw material requirements. The port will manage all of the cargo handling and warehouse management on behalf of EWOS.
The cargo was previously handled in Perth and, by transferring to the Port of Grangemouth, this allows larger vessels and volumes to be handled. This also reduces the carbon footprint of EWOS as there are less road miles from Grangemouth to their facility near Bathgate.
Commenting on the new facility, Derek Knox, Port Manager at the Port of Grangemouth said: “This new long-term partnership with EWOS demonstrates how businesses can achieve cost and carbon footprint savings by basing themselves at our port. This is a great example of our Portcentric approach in action as EWOS now benefit from a purpose built storage facility which is less than half an hour from their manufacturing business with direct access to the quayside for importing their goods. This also displays our commitment to supporting the Scottish food and drink sector to provide them with more efficient supply chain solutions at lower cost.”
David Morrice, Country Director of CQN Scotland, said: “The opening of this new warehouse at Grangemouth improves the flexibility in our supply chain and will greatly assist our service levels to our customers. This new investment clearly illustrates our commitment to fish feed production in Scotland.”