Following the recent announcement that Associated British Ports (ABP) Humber’s Alexandra Dock development has been shortlisted for a prestigious National Transport Award (NTA), it’s been revealed that the company’s biomass operations on the Humber have been shortlisted for three International Bulk Journal (IBJ) Awards.
ABP was also named Business of the Year at the recent Rail Freight Group awards as the company’s record for innovation lands the Humber region yet more industry plaudits.
The IBJ awards recognise outstanding achievement in the maritime bulk industry and ABP is the only company in the world to have all of its multiple entries shortlisted for IBJ Awards. The awards attract entries from businesses across the globe.
Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal, the world’s biggest dedicated biomass handling facility, and its sister terminal in Hull have been shortlisted in the categories Best Specialist Dry Bulk Port or Terminal, Cargo Handling and Bulk Logistics Excellence. Together the terminals will handle up to six million tonnes of biomass each year for Drax.
Other categories include the Award for Safety in Bulk Handling, Bulk Ships Agent Award, The People Development Award and Bulk Ship of the Year. The awards have attracted entries from as far afield as Canada, USA, Japan, Bermuda, UAE and Australia.
ABP Port Manager for Hull and Goole, Mark Frith said: “It’s enormously gratifying to see our projects shortlisted for yet more, very prestigious, industry awards. It’s testament to the hard work of ABP staff, our contractors and of course our customer Drax, that the delivery and operation of these particular facilities has attracted such high-profile recognition, and it’s very well deserved.
“We’re very much looking forward to the awards evening and despite facing some stiff competition, we’ll all be hoping for a positive outcome on the night.”
Mike Sellers, ABP Port Manager for Grimsby and Immingham said: “We take enormous pride in the work we do and for those efforts to be recognised by IBJ is fantastic. We’ve worked incredibly hard to establish both terminals and these accolades are very much deserved.
“The Humber ports are suffering the downturn in coal imports and given recent announcements to close power stations we are having to make difficult decisions. It is encouraging to know that the ports’ move towards renewable energy is being recognised and we will keep our fingers crossed for success on the day.”
To find out more about the IBJ Awards visit www.ibj-online.com
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.