Steamship Group Commits To Improving Food Freight Service To Scilly
Scilly could finally be getting upgrades to its freight handling system following an investment by the Steamship Group.
The company says it is spending £150,000 on chilled and freezer container storage, ensuring that perishable chilled and frozen goods are delivered to the islands at the same temperature that they arrive on the quayside in Penzance.
It follows the announcement in May that the 35-year-old Gry Maritha freight ship is being replaced by a newer, larger vessel, the Mali Rose.
That’s due to make its first trip to the islands in the autumn.
Chief Executive Rob Goldsmith said: “These investments will vastly improve the cold chain delivery service and is part of our commitment to improve the lifeline freight services we provide.
“With the increase in capacity we will be able to load freight and store items in a more accessible location, which means we can unload faster and offer more flexibility.”
Rob said the company is also planning to introduce a new freight booking system during the winter, which will allow them to track freight from the point of receipt to the point of delivery or collection by others.
He believes this will be “a significant benefit” for island residents.