A new and larger freight yard near Southampton Container Terminal is tipped to grow port cargo operations.

A deal between Southampton Container Terminal operator DP World and maritime business, Williams Shipping, has led to the creation of this new yard, which is twice the size of Williams Shipping's current yard located outside the port.

The expansion and proximate relocation are anticipated to at least double the cargo flow.

Well-known for their 22 truck fleet, Williams Shipping regularly transports loads ranging from 44 tonnes up to 150 tonnes gross.

Daily Echo: The Williams Yard Release teamThe Williams Yard Release team (Image: Supplied)

In a further investment, seven DAF trucks are set to join the fleet this year. The firm often handles non-conventionally shaped industrial items that usually pose a challenge to simply fit inside a container.

Heavy and broad cable reels requiring heavy haulage, a considerable count of vast industrial batteries and a Rolls Royce aircraft engine are among recent loads.

Daily Echo: Operations at the Williams Shipping yardOperations at the Williams Shipping yard (Image: Supplied)

The existing Williams Shipping Millbrook cargo yard will continue serving as a long-term open-air storage and additional equipment space.

Furthermore, Williams Shipping plans to exhibit its new yard's capabilities at Breakbulk Europe and at Multimodal in Birmingham from June 11 to 13. Both are exhibitions specifically targeted to the cargo and project cargo industries.

Daily Echo: Jonathan Williams, managing director of the Cargo Division of Williams ShippingJonathan Williams, managing director of the Cargo Division of Williams Shipping (Image: Supplied)

Jonathan Williams, managing director of the Cargo Division of Williams Shipping, said: "We have been running cargo operations for decades, but this side of our work has grown significantly in recent years.

"It is a really good fit for our maritime customer base, creating a more efficient shipping experience for them, from import into the docks and on to road haulage, or the reverse for goods for export.

"The increased capacity that this creates in port haulage operations will be a significant benefit to freight forwarding companies and shipping lines that have often been forced onto a waiting list for their chance to move their goods."