Opening of the UK's Largest Freight Ferry Terminal, Tilbury 2.

10 February 2022
Tilbury 2

The Prime Minister officially opens the UK’s newest port, Tilbury 2. For which Doran Consulting were delighted to have been appointed by GRAHAM as the Lead Designer for the permanent and temporary Marine Works.


The Thames-based port, Tilbury 2 is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) being the United Kingdom's newest port with the largest freight ferry terminal. The port investment programme is set to support economic growth at local, regional and international levels. Tilbury2 was built on a former power station site spanning 160-acres. The new facility was built during the height of the recent COVID-19 pandemic and will be fully operational in two months' time.

Tilbury2 is the result of a £250 million investment to create the UK’s largest construction materials terminal.  The terminal will use the latest technology and be capable of discharging the world’s largest deep-sea vessels. Using a bespoke 2km long aggregates conveyor system and a railhead capable of taking 775m freight trains. This will allow for construction materials to be delivered efficiently from the vessel to the terminal for processing, before moving onto building projects and public infrastructure schemes without the use of heavy road haulage.

The new development comprises of;

  • A Roll-on/Roll-off (RO/RO) terminal for the import and export of containers and trailers, and
  • A Construction Materials and Aggregates Terminal (‘CMAT’) for the handling and processing of bulk construction materials.

The facility was designed to accommodate vessels with a capacity of over 96,000 deadweight tonnage (carrying capacity) and length up to 250m. The Marine Works included;

  • 57.5m long linkspan with associated piled bankseat structure,
  • 55m x 45m floating pontoon with associated 2.4m diameter steel tubular restraint piles,
  • Dredge pocket sheet pile cut-off wall to facilitate a 77,000m3 capital dredge and,
  • 15No. berthing and mooring dolphins, including a 30m long articulated walkway