The Port of Grangemouth, Scotland’s largest container port, handles in excess of 150,000 containers per annum, with regular services to Rotterdam, Antwerp, Felixstowe and Hamburg. In the last week of November 2014 the port handled a record-breaking 4,200 containers, surpassing the previous record by over 200 containers.
The busy pre-Christmas period was boosted by a strong potato seed season and an increase in the drinks market of whisky and white spirit cargoes. A regular caller at Grangemouth from Rotterdam has been the 5,272dwt container vessel BF Aurelia, built in 1998 as Gerd Sibum. Owned by BF Ship-management GmbH, Germany, she has made regular sailings with a full complement of containers.