Peel Ports Medway has made a ten year partnership deal with the Volkswagen Group to build and oversee a new eight-acre Pre Delivery Inspection Centre at the Port of Sheerness.
Operations at the PDI Centre will include pre-delivery inspections to ensure vehicle compliance, as well as technical and enhancement services to modify vehicles and apply any customer-required options.
The new facilities at Sheerness will provide Volkswagen enhanced Roll-on Roll-off services to support the extra volumes and a range of port services and stevedoring.
The existing 80 acre vehicle import centre at Sheerness will be extended with a new port road entrance and access to extensive new compounds adjacent to the PDI Centre.
Hamish Scott, Peel Ports’ Strategy Director said: “The automotive sector in the UK is thriving. Manufacturing is expanding rapidly, exports are booming and sale of vehicles made here and overseas are approaching pre-recession levels.
“That rapid growth and optimism represents a major opportunity for Peel Ports to work with vehicle manufacturers, logistics companies and shipping lines to shorten supply chains, reduce carbon emissions and save money.”
The PDI facility will be operated by automotive logistics specialists, GBA Group.