Covering almost 350 hectares, the Port of Tilbury is an important distribution center with access to the entire United Kingdom. It offers over 7.5 kilometers of quay with 34 berths, more than 16 working terminals, and over 500 thousand square meters of warehouse space.
The Port of Tilbury is the country’s major port for paper products, serving London’s print houses and publishers. It moves more than three million tons of paper products each year, with trade routes in Europe, Russia, the Baltic, and the Americas. Cargoes include newsprint, reeled and baled pulp, magazine print, and palletized cut paper.
The Port of Tilbury is also important for trade of forest products with the Americas, the Far East, Africa, and the Baltic states. Offering over 10 hectares of covered storage in transit sheds and distribution centers, it handles a wide range of forest products that include sheet materials, doors, moldings, and specialist timber products. It offers an on-site wood treatment plant for timber and sheet materials.
The Port of Tilbury’s Short-Sea Container Terminal is an important hub that handles more than 300 thousand TEUs of containerized cargo per year, with regular sailings to and from Rotterdam, Duisburg, Bilbao, and many other Baltic ports. The city of Tilbury is a one-third shareholder in Tilbury Container Services Limited. A second deep-sea facility caters to roll-on/roll-off traffic and general cargo.
The Port of Tilbury’s Grain Terminal handles up to 1.4 million tons of grain a year, serving both exports and imports to local and regional flour mills. The terminal is supported by a state-of-the-art computerized operation and high-speed loading facilities for coasters and Panamax vessels, and it is approved for handling organic products by the Organic Food Federation. The grain terminal offers storage for 120 million tons with more than 200 separate silos.
Dry bulk cargoes have become a significant port of the cargo handled at stored at the Port of Tilbury, particularly animal feed imports. With purpose-built bulk warehouse space for 60 thousand tons of animal feed and agribulks, the port offers two berths for these operations that can accommodate Panamax vessels to with maximum of 10.5 meters draft.
The Port of Tilbury’s London Cruise Terminal handles regular sailings between England, mainland Europe, and the Baltic region through two major cruise companies. Its deep-water cruise terminal is the nearest terminal to London. It offers a unique 256-meter long floating landing stage with no depth, beam, or air draft restrictions and two covered passenger walkways. The facility also offers a large memorial hall and lounge for private functions and conferences.