Jens Skibsted Nielsen has joined Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s leading port operator, as Commercial Director.
Jens joins ABP with more than 30 years’ experience of Europe’s marine, transport and logistics industries.
Jens will be working with colleagues on ABP’s Board to help drive further growth of the business by continuing to deliver the highest standards of customer service and building on ABP’s unique network of 21 ports around Britain.
Prior to joining ABP, Jens worked for Blue Water Shipping for 12 years before joining DFDS where he was variously UK & Ireland Managing Director of DFDS Transport; Managing Director of DFDS Seaways; and, latterly, Vice President of Freight Sales Solutions.
Jens said: “I am proud to join ABP, which has such a strong reputation in the industry and a fantastic operational track record.
“I’m really looking forward to working with our customers to ensure we support and contribute to delivering their business objectives while meeting our own demanding aspirations. It’s an exciting time in a fast developing sector ripe with opportunity. My aim will be to make sure we seize those opportunities. We have a great team and a portfolio of 21 ports, which together boast 87km of quay, 1, 000 hectares of open storage and 1.4 million square metres of covered storage as well as 900 hectares of strategic development land.”
ABP contributes £5.6 billion to the UK economy every year and supports 84, 000 jobs. In the coming years ABP plans to invest £1.75 billion in developing its business.
ABP Chief Executive James Cooper said: “We are delighted to welcome Jens onboard. With plans to invest over £800 million in the years ahead, ABP is already delivering significant growth in the business. Jens’ appointment reflects our determination to deliver even more by continuing to make sure we provide the highest possible standards of service for our customers.”
ABP’s 21 ports, together with the other transport-related businesses that constitute the ABP group, form a UK-wide network capable of handling a vast array of cargo. ABP is backed by investment in modern facilities and equipment, and supported by experienced staff. The group’s other activities include rail terminal operations (Hams Hall), dredging (UK Dredging Ltd) and marine consultancy (ABPmer).
ABP’s port estate totals 5, 000ha, including some 900ha of development land at key strategic locations around Britain.
ABP’s assets include:
· 87km of quay
· 1, 000ha of open storage
· 1.4m sqm of covered storage
In 2013 ABP handled around 148, 000 vessel movements.
Over the next five years, ABP plans to invest over £450 million in a wide range of major projects across the group