Official Government trade statistics have confirmed the central role that the Humber ports in general and Immingham in particular play in the economic life of the region and country.
The figures show an increase in tonnage handled at Grimsby and Immingham in 2013 to 62.6 million tonnes, a 4% increase on 2012. Hull and Goole saw an 8% increase to 12.2 million tonnes.
The figures underline the vital regional and national economic role played by all the Humber ports.
ABP’s ports on the Humber support 23, 000 jobs in the area and contribute £1.5 billion to the regional economy, with ABP Grimsby and Immingham alone supporting 14, 000 local jobs and contributing almost £1 billion to the regional economy. Nationally, ABP’s Humber ports support 33, 000 jobs and contribute £2.2 billion to the UK economy.
A series of significant investments by ABP in the Humber ports has driven development of the business. Last year saw the opening of the £26m Grimsby River Terminal to support the growing vehicle handling trade and ABP is investing £150m in biomass handling facilities at Immingham and Hull in a Humber wide agreement with Drax Power Ltd. Together with Siemens, ABP is also investing £310m in new manufacturing facilities for the offshore wind industry in Hull and East Riding.
John Fitzgerald, ABP Director, Humber said: “The Port of Immingham has once again managed to grow its business whilst the UK port sector as a whole stagnated. This is testament to the efforts our customers make to move traffic through this vital gateway.
“Since 2000, throughput at Grimsby and Immingham has grown 20% on the back of hundreds of millions of private sector investment in infrastructure and equipment. Our customers, the region and the UK’s economy as a whole need ABP to continue to invest in Immingham to develop facilities that support trade and deliver jobs.”
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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