Expansion for Port of London
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• Although conventional general cargo is likely to decline, the increase in bulk cargo and unit loads will lead to an overall increase in the tonnage handled in the Port of London, said the PLA yesterday in a report forecasting developments in the next five years.
A halving of general cargo berths will be matched by development of new container facilities, while Millwall docks are regarded as suitable for development of palletized and similar unit-load traffic which is not containerized.
The PLA says it has failed to persuade container ship operators to come up river as far as the Royal Docks, despite offering facilities there for this traffic; but packaged timber berths may be developed within the Royal group. More container and packaged timber berths are planned for Tilbury, where the new grain terminal has already handled more in seven months than it was expected to do in its first year. Further growth of bulk grain is expected.