Port of Tilbury

Major port and multi modal logistics hub, port of Tilbury's position on the River Thames, just to the East of London, provides a major geographical advantage for transport to and out of London and the South East.

The Port is a significant multi modal distribution centre covering 850 acres and is well positioned to access the M25 orbital motorway and the rest of the UK's national motorway network. In addition, there are direct rail connections within the Port with access to the whole of the UK.

As part of Forth Ports Ltd, the Port has benefitted from significant on-going investment and is well equipped to best serve the demands of modern logistics. Renowned for world class service, the Port is continuously improving to benefit customers and maintain its status as a dynamic multi modal distribution hub.

The Port handles over 16m tonnes of cargo annually and can distribute within an hour to most businesses in London and the South East.

London Container Terminal, situated within Port of Tilbury, provides a unique combination of deep sea and European short sea trades at the same facility. It is the first of many connections the Port is making to join supply chains.

Port of Tilbury also handles significant levels of diverse cargo including the importation of paper, containers, grain (main terminal for the South East) and has various bulk handling facilities, all of which are handled at 34 operational berths in dock and on river facilities.

Flexible tailored service packages can be provided to meet all import, export and distribution requirements as a vital part of the supply chain with fully optimised computer traceability.

Port Centric

Port centric logistics which places distribution centres alongside main port activity, reduces double-handling and transportation by collating and directing goods more effectively on the next stage of their journey or direct to the consumer market, without moving away from the multimodal hub. This creates significant savings in supply chain costs and is beneficial for the environment.

Port of Tilbury is ideally placed to maximise the benefits of distributing directly from a port straight to the heart of the main UK population.

Tilbury offers a unique package of services with global trade routes via a single terminal. This enables, for example, a company to import directly to warehouse from such diverse areas as the Mediterranean and the Far East. Other customers may enjoy the benefits of importing, for example, from South America or Africa whilst exporting to near Continental Europe through the same facility.

Container Facilities

The Port's London Container Terminal (LCT) currently handles over 500,000 containers per annum. With daily sailings between Tilbury, Rotterdam, Bilbao, and the Baltic Ports and shipping lines serving all major Deep Sea trade routes, all import and export trades can be accommodated.

London Container Terminal (LCT) offers 600m of riverside quay with 13.5m depth, plus in dock facilities for smaller vessels with 10.5m depth.

  • LCT is the closest deep water container port to London, with dedicated daily rail services.
  • Throughout the Port there is access to a full range of on site service providers e.g. a choice of devanning operations, cargo processing and cross docking facilities.
  • LCT can provide uncontainerised cargo handling and lashing and a comprehensive ship planning service for load discharge of ships.

General Cargo and Ro Ro

The Port offers diverse cargo handling services for all types of general cargo and has a reputation for being the principle port of choice for general cargo handling in London and the South East.

Types of service include: car carriers, ferries, combi-ships and heavy lifts. There is a dedicated vehicle handling centre and twice daily ferry services to Europe.

Reefer Expertise

Port of Tilbury has one of the largest reefer facilities in Europe. It is expert in fresh produce logistics, preparing and presenting cargos for examination and inspections by statutory bodies prior to distribution to within the UK's South East Market and beyond.