Author: Gareth Colwell

Portico is taking action to minimise its impact on local air quality by powering its cargo handling operations with a low emission alternative fuel. The business is working with Certas Energy - the nation鈥檚 leading independent distributor of fuels and lubricants - to implement the use of a cleaner burning diesel alternative, Shell GTL Fuel, in its port side fleet, plant and machinery. Exclusively supplied in the UK by Certas Energy, Gas-To-Liquid (GTL) is a paraffinic fuel known for its improved combustion...

The annual Maritime Safety Week (6-10 July) provides an opportunity for the maritime industry to share their wealth of heath and safety knowledge, experience and best practice. It also aims to increase understanding of what the sector is already doing to respond to the safety challenges it faces, as well as plans for the future. As part of Portico's continued commitment to safety, we believe constant engagement with employees is crucial as they are always on the front line. Through this engagement...

Portico is helping Isle of Wight charity, the Roll Out the Barrel Trust, deliver a very special container to the C么te d'Ivoire. The customs agency at Portico have helped the charity get all the goods cleared ready for shipping for no charge. Adrian Brewer, founder of the trust, tells us more on how the container will change lives, and enable children to develop into adulthood providing for their families by securing meaningful jobs: "My charity, the Roll Out the Barrel Trust based...

Portico, Portsmouth's international cargo operator, is one of the few UK ports capable of managing the largest loads, following the arrival of a new 432-tonne mobile harbour crane. With an ability to provide tandem lifts up to 250-tonnes, constructed in the Netherlands this mobile crane will secure the future for Portico as it offers existing and potential customers greater opportunity to handle large scale goods. For Portico's current customer global offshore wind giant MHI Vestas, this new piece of equipment is essential...

Across the world, industry has made dynamic changes to overcome challenges that the coronavirus pandemic has brought to the fore, and ports are no exception. Portico contributed to the Tonight programme, to be broadcast on ITV 1 at 7.30pm on 23 April, which looks at food supply chains and challenges faced by the industry. Steve Williams, operations director at Portico, takes a look back at how he and his team have responded to ensure essential freight keeps moving. Ports are vital...

Steve Williams, operations director for Portsmouth鈥檚 international cargo operator Portico, has swapped his usual office view for one which is a few floors higher. Over 20 metres higher, roughly. Crane drivers are critical to unloading the goods from ships, which call into Portsmouth bringing thousands of fresh produce in pallets and containers. To help make sure this essential role can continue, Steve has taken a refresher course so he鈥檚 able to step into the cab once again and make sure supplies...

As we leave the European Union with the future trading relationship still to be shaped, we have a duty to help businesses prepare for all possible outcomes. Because of this, we are asking: "is your business prepared for Brexit?" This will help you mitigate any risks so you can prepare their business for all Brexit scenarios. Remember, from 2021 it is possible that all UK businesses will have to apply customs, excise VAT and procedures to goods traded with the EU,...

UPDATE (5 May 2020): We're pleased to announce we've reverted to the hours below. Please our coronavirus page for updates. We've revised our opening hours for container and refrigerated vehicle loading. This is following consultation with our customers. The terminal will be closed to hauliers from 0100-0700, 7 days a week, commencing 1 February 2020. Last entry will be at 0030. Vessel operations will continue 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. HGVs will continue to enter the terminal through the Wharf Road...

A new Portsmouth to Antwerp shipping route offers an alternative to anyone worried about a chaotic Brexit. Ben Harraway, commercial manager at Portico, explains why the route is so attractive. This feature originally appeared in The Times & Raconteur's 'Innovating the supply chain' supplement on 10 December 2019. What will Brexit bring to the UK鈥檚 ports? As a commercial manager at one of Britain鈥檚 busiest ports let me tell you this: no one knows. We don鈥檛 know what the export rules...

The first Geest Line ship docked at Portico on Friday 6 December after the firm announced it would be returning to the Hampshire port. Its cargo of bananas brought from the Caribbean will be distributed across the country. The ship Luzon Strait arrived after a transatlantic crossing of around nine days carrying 9,000 pallets of cargo. The decision to return has been positively received by both banana and general freight customers. Geest Line has been an exclusively Europe-to-Caribbean freight operator for more than 60...