MACDONALD WELCOMES BOOST FOR PORT OF GRANGEMOUTH
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 10:36
Port of Grangemouth operator, Forth Ports has been appointed as supplier of Port Services for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The contribution of Forth Ports will see them supply 350 40ft shipping containers to pack and store equipment purchased from London 2012 Organisers.
These vital items consist of furniture for use in the Glasgow 2014 Athletes Villages including beds, tables and lamps, as well as a selection of sports equipment, for use during the Games.
The containers are now kept in secure storage space in the Port of Grangemouth, where they will remain until they are required to be transported to Games venues closer to Games time.
The storage location allows for all furniture, fittings and equipment to be within close proximity of Games venues, allowing for a straightforward onward journey closer to Games Time.
Forth Ports will also provide facilities to conduct inspections of goods and ensure that containers are lifted onto trailers prior equipment entering venues.
Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald, said:
“I’m delight to see the facilities at Grangemouth being used for the 2014 games. This reinforces Grangemouth’s importance as Scotland's largest container port and an essential east coast link for the west of Scotland.”
Ty Speer, Glasgow 2014 Deputy Chief Executive said:
“The transportation and secure storage of the furniture, fittings and equipment for the Games is an important step on our journey to the Games.
“From the Athletes’ Village to sport competition venues, this furniture and equipment will play an integral part in staging a successful Games in 2014.
“We take our sustainability targets very seriously and after considering all options available to us, bringing the containers to Scotland by sea was the most cost-effective and environmentally-friendly approach.”
Charles Hammond, Chief Executive of Forth Ports said:
"We are thrilled to be appointed as the supplier of Port Services for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Our Port in Tilbury played a key role in logistics for LOCOG last year and we are delighted to be working with Glasgow 2014 to ensure a greener supply chain for the event.
"Shipping is the most carbon-friendly form of transportation and with our short sea shipping expertise and the key location of our Port in Grangemouth, it is the perfect location to service the events in Glasgow. We look forward to a successful Games next year and to playing our part of this prestigious sporting event."