King's Lynn is fastest growing port in Britain
King's Lynn is the fastest growing port in Britain, new figures from the Department for Transport show - boosted by a bumper harvest and crop export boom.
Trade through the East Anglian inland port in 2008 increased by a staggering 33 per cent at a time when many of the major ports saw a drop.Alastair MacFarlane, manager for the port, which is owned by Associated British Ports said: "There is no doubt that Britain's roads are suffering from spiralling congestion. At King's Lynn we have marketed the town's port to encourage business to use water as opposed to roads."Much of the increased business that passed over the port's wharves and docks was due to the bumper 2008 crop: 465 thousand tonnes of cargo was exported to both EU and non-EU destinations, which was 48 per cent more than the previous year."The port has considerable expertise in handling agribulks, forest products, steel and break-bulk cargoes, using a range of specialised berths and facilities.It has benefited from investment by ABP that has created a high-capacity, dock-side silo complex that facilitates efficient processing of grain exclusively with Openfield Agriculture, who delivered almost half of the tonnage exported through King's Lynn last year.King's Lynn also provides a range of value-added services to customers, such as ship's agency, haulage, store management, stock-control and cereals-laboratory services. And the port can accommodate special project and heavy-lift cargoes while offering an award-winning stevedoring service.