PD Ports secures long-term contract at Immingham with leading UK sheet pile specialist
PD Ports has secured a long-term agreement at its Immingham site with Sheet Piling UK Limited, the UK’s leading specialist sheet pile installer and supplier, to store and handle the company’s steel sheet piles ready for use within construction industry.
The new arrangement is set to assist Sheet Piling UK with its mission to strengthen its position as the UK’s number one sheet piling contractor.
Building on an already strong relationship with the sheet pile specialists, PD Ports will now store and handle up to 16,000 tonnes of imported sheet pile materials at its prime East Coast location. Further value added services such as clutch sealing, cutting and welding will also be undertaken at the facility, demonstrating how integral the port group is to post-COVID economic recovery across the UK.
Sheet Piling UK’s imports and supply chain was unaffected by both Covid-19 and Brexit, due to its unique position as the exclusive strategic partner of Emirates Steel throughout the UK and Ireland. This stability has enabled Sheet Piling UK to extend its storage arrangements with PD Ports, to maximise the benefits of its strong and secure supply chain relationships.
Sheet Piling UK’s imports, which arrive directly into Immingham from Abu Dhabi, will now be stored and worked on-site before onward distribution. Previously, they were imported, transported via road, worked and then re-distributed. The new arrangement saves the need for the double-handling of cargo and provides a truly consolidated, sustainable solution, in keeping with both PD Ports’ and Sheet Piling UK’s sustainability practices.
Dedicated PD Ports staff on site will also be allocated to the contract, offering added value services such as pick and pack, all through one central point of contact, a factor that Chief Commercial Officer Geoff Lippitt said was key to securing the deal.
“We are thrilled that our commitment to our customers has once again enabled us to secure a long-term deal with valued partners Sheet Piling UK Limited, to continue their operations at Immingham,” said Geoff.
“At PD Ports we pride ourselves on exceeding customer expectations. By offering added value services, we can save Sheet Piling UK valuable time in administrative processing, provide a single, reliable point of contact and improve the sustainability of the supply chain. We very much look forward to continuing this relationship going forward.”
Sheet Piling UK originally started moving imports through Immingham in 2016. Managing Director, Andrew Cotton, says: “This new stage of the relationship with PD Ports will strengthen our commitment to provide a flexible stockholding of steel sheet piles within the UK construction sector and make the supply of steel sheet piles to customers even more seamless and swift.
“We are proud of how resilient our supply chain has been during Covid-19 and Brexit but are not resting on our laurels. This new arrangement is a sign of our looking to the future and further growth and influence within our sector.”
PD Ports is strategically positioned on the Humber with five key, well-connected and complimentary sites including Immingham, Keadby, Hull, Howden and Groveport.