By kjfitz @ 2006-12-21 12:36:48
Forth Ports plc is one of the largest port operators in the United Kingdom. It is based in Edinburgh in Scotland, which is situated on the Firth of Forth. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.
Leith is the largest enclosed deepwater port in Scotland and has the capability to handle handymax ships up to 50,000 DWT. The port offers a full stevedoring and cargo handling service. It is well equipped with modern cranes and equipment and storage is available in modern, secure, single span transit sheds or in surfaced open compounds. The port is well served by road and rail links. Access and egress to the main working area of the port is through a security checkpoint providing 24 hour coverage where passes are issued and documentation checked to ensure the large amount of goods moving through this area is properly controlled. A computerised stock keeping system is in place for all commodities that allows customers fast access to updated stock reports. The port offers excellent rail and road connections and Central Edinburgh is easily accessible.
Leith has been a port since at least the 12th century and although conscious of its history, the port today is a modern, vibrant maritime getaway.