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Port of Tilbury’s grain terminal celebrates 50th anniversary

Port of Tilbury’s grain terminal celebrates 50th anniversary

The Port of Tilbury is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the grain terminal – the largest in the country for imports and exports of grain. When it was developed and opened in 1969, the costs would be as high as £53.5 million in modern GBP. The terminal can take on two million tonnes of grain, wheat, barley and beans each year – matching import/export requirements expected for trade.

The supplier is essential to brands across the globe who require consumables from the grain terminal. It plays a pivotal role in the agriculture of South East England along with bakeries and flour milling. Much of the cargo exported is often sent out to countries such as America, Canada, France, Thailand and Australia.

On the site, are two grain towers. These towers are able to discharge and load vessels at the same time securely. The facilities at the terminal have a 5 star rating for hygiene, being among the most trusted facilities for grain storage in the UK.

Commercial Director at the Port of Tilbury, Peter Ward, spoke on the matter: “This year marks a special anniversary for Port of Tilbury’s grain terminal which plays a huge role in supplying businesses from around the world with the grain needed to support their brands.

“In half a century the grain terminal has processed over 35 million tonnes of grain, wheat, barley and beans while also assisting in the production of flour in its two associated mills to provide supermarkets with some of their most popular products.

“Port of Tilbury continues to invest in this vital asset to ensure it continues as the largest terminal for the import and export of grain in the country for the next 50 years.”
The terminal is host to over 200 silos with a wide range of sizes to match storage requirements. As part of the port’s growth strategy, the Port of Tilbury’s grain terminal saw an expansion adding 16,000 tonnes to the capacity of wheat that can be imported/exported at once within the facilities.