18 November 2011

In January Shoreham Port secured an agreement with Stobart Biomass to export large quantities of woodchip to Northern Europe and Scandinavia for use in producing power. The woodchip is recycled from the construction and forestry industries in the south east and would otherwise be destined for UK landfill sites.

In order to adapt to the volume and requirements of this cargo Shoreham Port has made significant investment in their bulk storage facility. The first phase of investment included the installation of a sprinkler suppression system which has been working efficiently and suppressing the dust from the woodchip. It can be activated on any cycle or continuous , and we are currently experimenting to see what works best, depending on weather and wind direction.

Shoreham Port then expanded their bulk storage facility by constructing an additional two bund walls out of Legio blocks. Shoreham Port invested in the Legio Block construction as it generated a much needed additional 2,000 sq metres of storage for all types of bulk materials. Shoreham Port has also extended their sprinkler system and they are currently constructing netting onto existing fences to act as a barrier from strong southerly winds.

Alan Motterham, Commercial/Operations Director said “we are committed to developing our infrastructure to suit the needs of our customers and readily adapt our equipment and facilities to provide a first rate service. In addition, we want to ensure that any dust from the cargo is kept to an absolute minimum, so not to be a nuisance to our neighbours”.