Automotive boost for the Port of Southampton

Automotive boost for the Port of Southampton

The Port of Southampton is to build a new £15 million multi-storey facility to provide storage for a further 3,000 vehicles.
 
The port is already the UK’s busiest hub for automotive with 11 lines undertaking 110 calls to 52 ports in 40 countries every month.
 
The new terminal in the Eastern Dock is part of a £50 million investment announced by owners ABP. Alastair Welch, ABP Southampton Director, said: “ABP has already invested more than £32 million over the past five years to support the automotive industry.
 
“We continue to work closely with our customers to ensure that this growth can be sustained. The investment is testimony to the performance of the Port of Southampton and will help increase the port’s vital contribution to the regional and national economy and keeping Britain trading.”
 
ABP recently unveiled some of its latest quality control measures at the port including high-tech digital imaging technology and a new spray booth facility. Two drive-in booths have been built in the multi-deck areas and the facilities will be used to monitor all BMW and MINI vehicles arriving at and departing from the port. The cars will pass through an imaging booth, where strategically placed cameras will capture 360-degree images of the vehicles.
 
Ed Jones, Managing Director of Degould Ltd, the company that has developed the technology, said: “It is great to see the new booths installed at the Port of Southampton for BMW. We use the latest digital imaging technology and automation to capture super-high resolution, 360-degree condition reports of the vehicles. The process takes just a few seconds and the data is available in real-time to review on any device.”
 
A spokesman for BMW Group said the technology would enable them to keep instantly accessible records of all its vehicles arriving at and departing from the port.
 
Alastair Welch said: “This is an important milestone for the port and we were delighted to install the latest technology for to one of our valued customers. With many thousands of vehicles passing through the port each year, it is vital to ensure they leave us in the best possible condition.”