Associated British Ports’ (ABP) Port of Hull has been shortlisted in the Port of the Year category in the prestigious National Transport Awards 2015.
Supported by the Department of Transport and Passenger Focus, the ceremony will take place on October 8 at Westminster Park Plaza, London, to honour the country’s leading transport service providers.
ABP’s Alexandra Dock development, part of the wider Green Port Hull project, is up against last year’s winner, Port of Tyne, as well as ABP’s Port of Southampton, Peel Ports Group’s Port of Liverpool and Manchester Ship Canal and Port of Dover.
There are 19 other award categories including Rail Station of the Year, Freight Operator of the Year, Ferry Operator of the Year and Integrated Transport Authority of the Year.
The awards ceremony will be hosted by impressionist Rory Bremner and feature a speech by keynote speaker Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, the Secretary of State for Transport.
ABP Head of Projects Simon Brett said: “This is a truly transformational project and it’s very satisfying to see the work of our ABP team and those of Siemens and our main contractor the GRAHAM Lagan Construction Group Joint Venture, recognised by the Department for Transport and Passenger Focus.
“This development is already having a positive impact on the regional economy and is already creating jobs for local people. It also confirms Hull’s place at the centre of the energy estuary. We’re very much looking forward to the event in September and celebrating some very impressive projects.”
The 15th Annual National Transport Awards celebrates the successes that have been achieved on both national and local transport projects. The shortlisted projects have shown the judges the tangible results they’ve achieved, improving the experience for their transport users and ultimately adding to the successful development of the nation’s transport infrastructure.
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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 1.6 million vehicles in 2014.
- Generates around one quarter of the UK’s rail freight
- Has 1.4 million square metres of covered storage
- Has 1000 hectares of open storage
- Handled 94.5m tonnes of cargo in 2014
- Owns 5000 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 63 million tonnes of cargo between them each year.
Grimsby and Immingham form the UK’s busiest trading gateway and move around 51 million tonnes of cargo per annum.
£130-plus 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 handles sustainable biomass shipments and will create over 100 permanent jobs once complete. The construction phase 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 manufacturing, construction, assembly, and service facility, which will be located on the Port’s Alexandra Dock. This new facility represents a £310 million investment and will 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 one million tonnes of cargo annually.