Press release

Portico, the international cargo terminal based at Portsmouth International Port, are helping some of the world’s biggest shipping lines get their empty containers back to where they are needed most. Britain is currently awash with empty containers. This is causing congestion at UK ports and a shortage of containers in Asia for exports, with low container availability reported across Chinese and Indian ports. This issue has widespread implications for the worldwide economy, with multiple knock-on effects. The ongoing effect of the coronavirus pandemic, along...

Issues with moving and storing empty containers are causing headaches for shipping lines and hauliers across the country. Portico, based at Portsmouth International Port, stand ready to help. Some British ports have been seeing container traffic 30 per cent above normal levels. This is at a time when importers look to stock up ahead of Christmas. Combined with the ongoing effect of the coronavirus pandemic, it has led to a glut of empty containers across the UK. This is causing congestion at...

Steve Williams, 59, from Grimsby, Lincolnshire, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Covid-19 honours, for outstanding services during the pandemic. From the outset, when the government announced a lockdown, Portico’s operations director Steve Williams, made the decision to stay in Portsmouth and oversee operations at the UK’s major fresh produce port, 200 miles away from his family in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. He remained solely in Portsmouth for three months, so he could manage operations safely for his employees and be available...

With 90 days to go before the UK and EU transition period ends on 1 January 2021, Portico customs agency has expanded their team of experienced agents to help the estimated 145,000 businesses who'll need to complete customs paperwork for the first time.  From agriculture products to parts for x-ray machines, anyone importing and exporting goods to and from the EU will need to complete full customs declarations, regardless of whether a UK-EU trade deal is agreed. Portico customs has recruited 17...

Portico and Portsmouth International Port are partnering with award-winning firm ECOsubsea, to provide a comprehensive in-house hull cleaning service. ECOsubsea offer the latest, revolutionary cleaning technology that goes above and beyond global environmental standards. Hull cleaning not only makes vessels more efficient, but can reduce their carbon footprint by minimising levels of air pollution up to 15%. This new service at Portsmouth will add value to both new and existing customers, allowing ships to be cleaned in the port, removing the...

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’s 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 Côte 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...