Associated British Ports (ABP) has invested in the Port of Garston for the construction of a £2.2m bulk terminal, aimed at strengthening the port's operational capacity.
With the new facility, the port will be able to offer an additional 3,950m² worth of storage for bulk commodities such as wheat, rice, fertiliser and organic feed.
ABP Short Sea Ports director Andrew Harston said: "Our investment at Garston is yet another example of ABP's ongoing strategy to add state-of-the-art bulk stores across our ports in order to better serve our customers.
"ABP has built new stores in Ayr, Ipswich and now Garston and Teignmouth."
The new terminal features solar panels to supply a clean energy generating capacity of 200kW, reducing environmental impact.
In addition, the solar panels are linked to the network that delivers power to the port estate, offering sustainable energy for customers and minimising the port's carbon footprint.
Being built by 3b Construction, completion of the work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Harston also added: "We are investing £6m to provide additional facilities to our short sea customers by the end of 2015, and it reaffirms our commitment to keep Britain trading."
In June, Port of Ipswich opened its new £2.2m dry bulk warehouse terminal, offering enhanced facilities to ABP customers.
The new Orwell Bulk Terminal offers an acre of storage capacity for bulk commodities such as grain, barley and other agribulks. It also features solar panels that will be able to deliver a clean energy generating capacity of 120kW.
Image: The £2.2m bulk terminal under construct ion will provide an additional 3,950m² worth of storage. Photo: courtesy of Associated British Ports.