Port of London Authority
Operator: Port of Tilbury London Ltd

UK Ports Association

The UK Major Ports Group


Wholly owned Subsidiary of Forths Ports PLC


Leslie Ford House
Tilbury Freeport
Essex RM18 7EH
Tel: 01375 852200
Fax: 01375 855106
Email: perry.glading@potl.com
Website:  www.forthports.co.uk


Compulsory for all vessels over 80m LOA. Exemption certificates possible.

Approx annual tonnage


Principal traffic

Containers (lo/lo);

London Container Terminal

Forth Ports owns and operates London Container Terminal, following the outright purchase of the business (previously known as Tilbury Container Services/TCS) in 2012.

Since acquiring TCS Forth Ports have committed a £35 million programme of investment and development of the terminal. Recent investments have positioned LCT for growth in core markets, delivering the country’s newest short sea container cranes, specialist facilities for CON-RO vessels and a new fleet of straddle carriers integrated with a fully automated road truck reception gate and bespoke terminal operating system.

The terminal is Europe’s largest terminal for refrigerated containers, with 1,400 reefer plugs on terminal and access to a 25,000 pallet space cold store facility operated by NFT.

LCT handles both deepsea and shortsea containerships across berths inside the dock and at the deepwater riverside berth, which have depths alongside to 13.7 metres. The terminal has a total of 1.72 km of berthage and will accommodate vessels of up to10,000 teus.

London Container Terminal Offers:

  • Capability to handle in excess of half a million containers each year.
  • The only UK port with facilities to serve both deep sea and European short sea customers.
  • Significant trading position with the North and South reefer (refrigerated container) trades, primarily South America, India, North Africa and Australasia with a strong presence in other deep sea trades.
  • Serves short sea businesses, which provides links to Continental Europe and to other UK coastal feeder locations.
  • 24/7 working

Unit loads (ro/ro);
Vehicles/ wheeled cargoes;
Dry bulks;
Refrigerated & frozen products;
Hazardous Cargoes;
Forest products;
General cargo;
Project cargo (heavy lift)

The proposed main components of Tilbury2 are as follows:

A Roll-On/Roll-Off (RoRo) terminal for importing and exporting containers and trailers and also containing a warehouse. This will be located at the southern part of the site.

A “Construction Materials and Aggregates Terminal” (CMAT) for handling and processing bulk construction materials. This will be located at the northern part of the site.

Other parts of the site will be used for storage of bulk goods or vehicles, much as seen on the existing Port.


Enclosed Docks
Max depth: 11.5m
Max size of vessel accepted:
Beam: 32.3m; LOA: 262m; draft: 11.3m
No of berths: 30
Berths total length: 4000 m

River/Tidal Berths
Max depth: 20m at HW
Max size of vessel accepted:
LOA: 310m; draft: 13m
No of berths: 4
Berths total length: 910m

Port of Tilbury


Lat: 51⁰ 27’ N; Long: 00⁰ 21’ E North bank of River Thames, 26 miles from centre of London

Port contacts

Managing Director: Perry Glading
Harbour Master: Capt Bob Baker
Chief Engineer: Adrian Downs
Normal hours: 24 hrs 24-hr Tel: 01375 846781

Mr Paul Dale, Asset and Site Director
Email: paul.dale@potll.com
Mr Peter Ward, Commercial Director
Email: peter.ward@potll.com
Mr John Speakman, Senior Asset Manager (Property)
Email: john.speakman@potll.com
London Container Terminal (LCT)
Mr Ross McKissock, Asset Manager
Email: ross.mckissock@londoncontainerterminal.com


Open: 68 hectares
Covered: 32 hectares
Refrigerated: Pallet Spaces, Ambient 2,000 Pallets; Chilled 16,500 Pallets; Frozen 10,000 Pallets

Transport connections

Roads: A1089 dual/A13 dual
Rail connected/Rail freight terminal
Nearest passenger rail: Tilbury Town 0.25km
Nearest int’l airport: Stansted, Gatwick, Heathrow, London City.
Other connections: River Thames

Commercial cargo handling facilities

Stevedoring facilities provided by port authority and private operators.

Mobile: 100T capacity
Rail mounted: 20 max 10T; 11 max 45T
1 max capacity 7.5 tonnes per axle load
Other ro-ro: ability to handle stern, side, quarter ramps.

Other handling equipment
Forklifts: 120 max capacity 44T
Tugmasters: 30

Facilities & services

Lay up berths; Bunkering; Seamen’s Mission

Waste Disposal
Oil, sewage, garbage – 24 hrs notice.
PGR Waste Management: 01268 523387
S Walsh (garbage only): 01375 859751
LJ Environmental: 01708 520208
Cory Environmental: 01375 654228
PJ & PW Robinson: 01277 810873
Tanker Waste (Oil only): 01634 252190
Thames Global (Oil only): 01634 254464

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00:07 - Low Tide ( 1.84m )
06:45 - High Tide ( 5.20m )
13:03 - Low Tide ( 1.38m )
19:34 - High Tide ( 5.41m )

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