Maritime Transport Ltd (Maritime) has opened its new rail connected distribution terminal at the Port of Tilbury. Maritime has been on site at Tilbury for 15 years and have relocated to a new facility with rail connectivity near London Container Terminal. Handling mostly steel for distribution to Europe and rest of the world, Maritime will use an existing terminal railhead which has been converted to allow both straddle carriers and reach stackers to operate simultaneously. It is expected to double the handling capacity of the terminal and will handle both intermodal and specialised steel wagons from the first day of operation. A 55,000 Sq ft Rubb shed was relocated from another part of the port to the site to provide rail connected undercover storage. Maritime can accommodate both domestic and International / EU trade in the new terminal. Commenting on the new facility, Peter Ward, Commercial Director at the Port of Tilbury said: “It’s great to see this new facility for Maritime open. We have worked with them for a long time and it was important that the port invested in this new facility for their growing business. Maritime’s terminal provides a bespoke facility with easy access to our rail connections. The site that Maritime were previously located on the port will now become part of the Tilbury2 development area” "We’re delighted with the new site and are confident that our relocation will benefit our customers," said Dave Boomer, Chief Executive Officer, Maritime Transport Ltd. "Being rail connected is essential for us, as we maintain current customer relationships and look to grow our intermodal business, which launched earlier this year, to help improve both ours and our customers eco credentials."