Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) has invested £500,000 in a new independent grain store which is set to provide storage for up to 4,000 tonnes of grain, compared to PHC’s two existing storage sheds that together held 3,000 tonnes.
The new investment means PHC can now accept larger grain vessels which will ensure greater income to the port as a result.
PHC has seized the opportunity to build a shed which will cater entirely for grain in order to increase its storage offering to its animal feed customers. The new 1200-square-metre shed has been built on the port of Poole and will be hugely beneficial in attracting more customers.
Since the 1960’s, grain has been a principal import into Poole, along with timber, clay, steel and tarmac. The majority of the grain imported is from Europe and supplies PHC’s animal feed customers, including the south’s largest independent grain merchant, Wessex Grain.
Jim Stewart, chief executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners, said: “The new grain store is a an excellent investment which will keep us ahead of our customers’ future requirements and also enable us to builds on the excellent service which they will value in the long term.”