Figures published recently show that Associated British Ports’ (ABP) Immingham Container Terminal (ICT) has enjoyed its most successful month ever.
More than 10, 000 units were handled at the facility in July, with numbers increasing steadily since the beginning of the year. July saw more than 27, 000 terminal movements, which is also a record for ICT.
Steve Horton, Planning Manager said: “We had a really good start to the year with volumes rising progressively and 10, 000 units is a figure we’ve never passed before.
“A number of our customers have exceeded their budgets for 2014 and we’ve already handled more containers to date this year than during the whole of 2013.”
As well as an increase in volumes, ABP has also invested in systems which have succeeded in bringing turnaround times down to 24 minutes.
The economic upturn and increasing consumer confidence is thought to be a contributing factor to this recent success, which will allow the terminal to develop and expand.
“The improved turnaround time is testament to the hard work and commitment of the terminal staff and we’re increasing our resources in order to drive further efficiency, ” Steve Horton continued. “The increase in volume has allowed us to invest in new equipment which will also help the business grow and thrive.”
ABP is the UK’s leading ports operator with 21 ports and other transport related businesses creating a unique national network capable of handling a vast array of cargo.
Around one quarter of the UK’s seaborne trade passes through ABP’s Statutory Harbour Areas. ABP contributes £5.6 billion to the UK economy every year and supports 84, 000 jobs. Our current investment programme promises to deliver an extra £1.75 billion for the economy every year.
· Handled over 1.5 million vehicles in 2013.
· Generates around one quarter of the UK’s rail freight
· Has 1.4 million square metres of covered storage
· Has 1, 000 hectares of open storage
· Handled 119m tonnes of cargo in 2013
· Owns 5, 000 hectares of port estate
· Has 87km of quay
Over the next five years, ABP is investing over £650 million in a wide range of major projects across the group.
The four ports of Grimsby, Immingham, Hull and Goole handle more than 65 million tonnes of cargo each year. Between them they contribute £2.2 billion to the UK economy and support 33, 000 jobs nationally.
Grimsby and Immingham form the UK’s busiest trading gateway and move around 54 million tonnes of cargo per annum.
£75 million is currently being invested in the biomass handling terminal in Immingham, in a Humber-wide agreement with Drax Power Ltd that has seen £25 million invested in a biomass handling facility in Hull. The Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal will handle sustainable biomass shipments and will create over 100 permanent jobs once complete. The construction phase has also created 100 employment opportunities.
The Port of Hull handles 10 million tonnes of cargo per annum and is the is the focal point for the development of the UK’s largest offshore wind turbine construction, assembly, and service facility, which will be located on the Port’s Alexandra Dock. This new facility, coupled with a new rotor blade manufacturing base near Paull to the east of the port estate, represents a £310 million investment and could create up to 1000 direct jobs.
The Grimsby River Terminal represents an investment of £26 million and allows large car-carrying ships to berth outside the Port’s lock system. This development confirms the Port’s position as the UK’s leading automotive handling facility.
More than the equivalent of 1million teus (twenty foot equivalent unit) of unitised trade is shipped through ABP Humber ports.
Ro-ro and container traffic represents more than 30 sailings a week to Europe, Scandinavia the Baltic and beyond.
The Humber ports handle more than 70 freight train movements per day.
Goole is situated 50 miles upriver and is the UK’s premier inland port. It handles over two million tonnes of cargo annually.
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