Approximately 50 new jobs are to be created at Chatham and Ridham Docks after a transport company invests £8 million.
The two Kent docks are part of a multi-million pound deal between Simon Gibson Transport and Aggregate Industries, one of the largest importers of cement in the UK.
The new contract means that Simon Gibson Transport will pick up bulk cement from six UK import terminals over five years, including the two Kent sites.
As part of the new contract the haulier, based in Yorkshire, said it will increase its fleet of trucks from 85 to 147 and will recruit new drivers at each of the ports.
The others are at Plymouth, Glasgow, Ellesmere and Goole in East Yorkshire.
Managing director Simon Gibson said: “It’s fantastic news for us as a company and will see us drastically increase the size of our fleet from January 2017.
“It also means that we’ll be investing in each of the six areas of the UK where the ports are located, creating new jobs.
“We’ll be establishing a presence close to each of the port terminals, and will need to have drivers and management based there to deliver the contract.”
The company will move bulk cement through Southside 3 at Chatham Docks and Ridham Dock.
Paul Barker, port director at London Medway Ports for Peel Ports, which runs Chatham Docks, said: “Our 20-year masterplan for the port of Sheerness identified that there’s huge potential for aggregates shipments and we’re delighted to welcome this additional investment by Simon Gibson Transport to make full use of the excellent bulk facilities at Chatham Docks.
“With our redevelopment plans for the former Thamesteel site receiving planning permission, and the record-breaking grain shipment with the largest agribulk vessel to call at Sheerness, the latest announcement is yet more good news for the local economy.”
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