Simon Shannon Terminal gears up for growth

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The appointment of a new manager at Simon’s Shannon Terminal underlines a period of growth and investment at the bulk liquid storage facility at Foynes on the Shannon estuary. John Craig, an experienced Civil Engineer, joins the team from a position as General Manager of Shannon Aviation Fuels, where his responsibilities ranged from managing the Shannon Airport’s fuel handling, fuel sales and bulk storage agreements to ensuring strict compliance with health and safety standards. His specialist knowledge of the fuel storage sector will be of significant value in his new role at Simon Storage, as will his considerable civil engineering skills and experience.

In addition to managing day-to-day activities, John is ideally suited to oversee an expansion of infrastructure at the Shannon Terminal to meet the needs of current and future storage and handling contracts. He comments, “We’re gearing up for growth. A recent full planning application for additional tankage has been successful, and new bioethanol blending and road loading facilities have recently been completed for Maxol, Ireland’s leading independent oil company.”

Developments at the Terminal reflect fundamental changes in the logistics of fuel and chemical distribution in Mid-West Ireland. Shannon Foynes Port Company is already experiencing growth, and ongoing investment in new commercial and shipping facilities along the Shannon estuary is set to bring further business to the area. Bulk cargo throughput at Foynes is reported to have reached a record 1.8 million tonnes during 2006.

Simon’s Shannon Terminal is strategically located on the deep water port of Foynes and the management and workforce have extensive experience in handling a wide range of products. John Craig added, “As part of the Simon Network, we have access to proven in-house engineering and project management expertise which enables us to deliver bespoke solutions in oil and chemical storage and handling, as well as blending activities. The key objective now is to continue to grow our business by developing long term relationships with new and existing strategic industry partners.”