Grimsby Telegraph

PD Ports secures deal to handle Gulf State steel



PD Ports has secured a major long-term deal to handle Gulf state steel at Immingham. The stevedorin­g specialist has signed up with Sheet Piling UK Ltd, the exclusive strategic partner of Emirates Steel, to serve the needs of the constructi­on industry in the UK and Ireland.

It will store and handle up to 16,000 tonnes of piles while also bringing added-value services such as clutch sealing, cutting and welding to the port-centric location. This work had previously been carried out at a secondary distributi­on point since Immingham was first used in 2016. Dedicated PD Ports staff will also be allocated to the contract for pick and pack, via a central point of contact. Chief commercial officer Geoff Lippitt said this was key to securing the deal. “We are thrilled that our commitment to our customers has once again enabled us to secure a long-term deal with valued partners Sheet Piling UK Limited, to continue their operations at Immingham,” he said.

“At PD Ports we pride ourselves on exceeding customer expectatio­ns. By offering added-value services, we can save Sheet Piling UK valuable time in administra­tive processing, provide a single, reliable point of contact and improve the sustainabi­lity of the supply chain. We very much look forward to continuing this relationsh­ip going forward.”

The Preston-based company’s imports and supply chain was unaffected by both Covid-19 and Brexit, due to its unique position with the Abu Dhabi manufactur­er. Managing director Andrew Cotton said the stability had enabled Sheet Piling UK to extend its storage arrangemen­ts, “maximising the benefits of its strong and secure supply chain relationsh­ips”.

The new arrangemen­t also saves the need for the double-handling of cargo and provides a truly consolidat­ed, sustainabl­e solution, in keeping with both companies’ sustainabi­lity practices. “This new stage of the relationsh­ip with PD Ports will strengthen our commitment to provide a flexible stockholdi­ng of steel sheet piles within the UK constructi­on sector and make the supply of steel sheet piles to customers even more seamless and swift,” Mr Cotton said.

“We are proud of how resilient our supply chain has been during Covid-19 and Brexit but are not resting on our laurels.

“This new arrangemen­t is a sign of our looking to the future and further growth and influence within our sector.”

 ??  ?? Sheet Piling UK work by PD Ports in Immingham.
Sheet Piling UK work by PD Ports in Immingham.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from United Kingdom