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 ports and a shortage of containers in Asia, with low container availability reported across Chinese ports.

So how can Portico help? With direct access to the motorway network, capacity to take your containers and quays that can comfortably accommodate sub-Panamax sized vessels, we are perfectly placed to help solve empty container headaches.

Jonathan Williams, commercial manager at Portico said: “We know that many shipping lines and hauliers are struggling to move their empty containers back to key markets. We want the industry to know we are ready to help.

“Portsmouth is centrally located, with the major motorways leading directly to our door. This means you can drop your containers and go, leaving them ready for a ship to move them on to where you need them.

“Our two deep water quays can accommodate a wide range vessels up to 230m in length. Our decades of experience in the container market means that you are in safe hands”.

Portico’s modern mobile harbour cranes can efficiently load and unload container vessels. Our towage partners, SMS Towage, are available to attend ships with as little as two hours notice. This offers an unrivalled level of flexibility for customers who need a quick turnaround.