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New £50m car terminal opens in Southampton

Southampton is already the country's busiest port and now it is getting even busier with the opening of a new car terminal.

The £50 million project will allow even more cars built in Oxford and Swindon to be exported around the world.

Richard Slee reports.

Richard spoke to Michael Rye, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Terminals, Alistair Welch, Director of the Port of Southampton and Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Trade Minister.

Port expands creating 200 new jobs

A 50 million pound expansion at the Port of Sheerness should create 200 new jobs, according to operators Peel Ports.

The former Thamesteel site, which had been derelict for five years, is being redeveloped allowing the port to expand it's cargo imports. 350 people lost their jobs there when the plant closed in 2012.

Demolition of the old buildings is now nearly complete which means work can begin this summer. Sarah Saunders reports.


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Suspect immigrants found in Essex shipping container

A man has died and several others are in hospital - after more than thirty adults and children were found inside a shipping container.

It arrived at Tilbury Docks in Essex on a ship from Belgium this morning. One man was found dead and the others are said to have significant health problems.

David Johns reports, speaking to Daniel Gore of East of England Ambulance Service, and Supt Trevor Rowe of Essex Police.

Dover Port's travel centre to close after 30 years

The Port of Dover's travel centre will close on the 30th April Credit: Port of Dover

A travel centre at the Port of Dover that has welcomed millions of passengers over the past 30 years will close next week.

The building will be demolished as part of a Traffic Management Project that is transforming the port.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: "Freight vehicle numbers have virtually trebled over the past thirty years and we want to create a new welcome for our customers, one that delivers enhanced efficiency, flexibility and fantastic customer service."

The travel centre is due to be demolished next week Credit: Port of Dover

The demolition is due to be completed by mid-September 2014 to allow two outbound traffic lanes to be maintained during peak teams with minimal impact on inbound traffic.

Following the centre's closure. a new passenger lounge has opened and the Arrivals Area has been refurbished.

Mr Waggott added: "The Travel Centre has faithfully served our customers over a long period of time, but in order to be the best port in the world, we need to move with the times and that means keeping the £89 billion of goods that come through the Port moving."

Dover remains Europe's busiest port

Dover has had another successful year in 2013 Credit: PA Wire

The port of Dover remains the busiest port in Europe after taking 60% of the market share.

The port's success has also seen Eurotunnel's truck volumes drop by 7% in this key market.

A £85m capital plan with the transformational Traffic Management Improvement Project will improve efficiency and resilience of the port operation.

Dover is leading the way in cross-Channel freight market with a growth of 11% in the first six months.

Tim Waggot, Chief Executive of the port of Dover, said: "Such growth reflects the confidence of our customers in the excellent facilities and service we are all striving to deliver."


World's biggest cranes on way to port

Huge quay cranes will be used at London Gateway port Credit: London Gateway

3 cranes are on their way to a new port off the Essex coast. The £3.5 million port in the Thames Estuary opens at the end of this year, and will handle the biggest container ships. The cranes which are taller than the London Eye, will be used to move containers from ship to shore.

Site of new port, South Essex Credit: ITV Meridian

Port workers balloted for industrial action over "inferior contracts"

Unite, the UK’s largest union, has informed Portsmouth city council that its members are being balloted for industrial action over its decision to dismiss and rehire them on new contracts.The ballot for industrial action, due to conclude on Monday 16 July, involves the port’s quay assistants.

The quay assistants, responsible for tying up and releasing cross channel ferries, are fighting the council's plan to dismiss them and implement a new contract. The new contract will demand that quay assistants guarantee to service vessels beyond their contractual finishing time of midnight.