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Spaciotempo helps Ports to get ship shape

By 27 January 2017September 8th, 2017Industrial, Logistics & Transport

The international maritime trade industry is predicting calmer waters post Brexit compared to many other business sectors. With that in mind, British ports are experiencing unprecedented levels of investment to keep them ship shape and globally competitive. These opportunities present their own distinct logistical and warehousing challenges, with the need for cost-effective and speedy port building services set to become paramount, according to leading temporary buildings specialist Spaciotempo.

Port construction projects

Scott Jameson, Managing Director of Spaciotempo commented: “Ports such as Liverpool, which recently opened Liverpool2 to complement the existing Royal Seaforth Container Terminal, a state-of-the-art ocean gateway for UK importers and exporters with road, rail and canal connections to the UK mainland, will undoubtedly see companies operating in and around the port face the positive prospect of expanding operations. This will mean building further warehousing to cope with the demands the increased trade will bring.”

As firms in the North West gear up with the increased trade boost from Liverpool2, and as other ports around the UK are similarly investing, companies are looking at examples such as the port construction project that Spaciotempo completed at the Port of Felixstowe. This will help them to see how temporary buildings provide a viable, rapid and cost-effective solution.

Temporary port buildings

Over 3000 ships arrive at the Port of Felixstowe each year, with around 30 shipping lines offering over 90 services to ports around the world. When a new permanent building was being constructed, the port needed a solution where goods could be unloaded from multiple individual shipping containers simultaneously and stored in a suitable facility.

Spaciotempo’s temporary port building provided a bespoke, versatile and protective solution with five integrated tunnels that work as a whole, or independently if required, providing maximum storage capacity.

Scott Jameson, continued: “The Port of Felixstowe had very specific project requirements and we designed a detailed, bespoke solution that is ideal for their needs. Because our aluminum structures do not require groundworks, we are able to install both the main building, and the tunnels that lead into it, very quickly.  The temporary port building will stay in place while the port is modifying its current facilities, enabling a seamless transition from temporary to permanent.”

Port building services

Port building services that make not just operational sense, but commercial sense too, drive Spaciotempo to continually innovate and develop structures that meet the ever growing demand from industry for a real alternative to permanent buildings.

Scott concluded: “Our work in many industries has ensured businesses are provided with immediate, cost-effective, innovative solutions; solutions which have translated perfectly to the port industry. As exports continue to grow, particularly in the agricultural and automotive sector, not being able to quickly respond could potentially provide many with a headache.

“Space always becomes an issue and can have a very limiting effect on day-to-day operations. Thus, having the flexibility to carry on operations with minimal disruption is fundamental. What we are finding is that port operators and their customers are looking to temporary buildings as the most efficient way of tackling expansion challenges whilst carrying on with business as usual.”

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