October 31 - Peel Ports has announced a 20-year strategy for growth at the Port of Sheerness as part of a Master Plan which details options for expansion on the port estate.

The plan includes strategy for the sustainable expansion of the port, including improvements in the transportation and access as well as increased socio-economic benefits for the region.

Sheerness already handles around 1.3 million tonnes of cargo every year. Industry forecasts suggest that this figure could increase by as much as 130 percent over the next 20 years, enabling the port to handle 3.1 million tonnes of cargo a year.

The plan identifies the amount of land needed to accommodate the port's growth and explains how investment in new facilities will serve the growing steel, forest products and automative sectors, and allow for the upgrade of the port's existing infrastructure.

Peel Ports are also continuing to explore opportunities within the renewable energy sector.

Over the next six weeks Peel ports will discuss its Master Plan with the public, asking for their views on five options for growth.

More information on any of the company's consultation events can be found at www.peelports.com/sheerness-master-plan