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Planting punches to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK

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Terminal Shift Manager, Jonathan Plant gets ready to meet his opponent. (Image courtesy of ABP

Terminal Shift Manager, Jonathan Plant gets ready to meet his opponent. (Image courtesy of ABP

ABP will be helping to raise funds for Cancer Research UK (CRUK) after it agreed to support Terminal Shift Manager and boxing fanatic Jon Plant, who will be donning his gloves and climbing into the ring as part of a charity bout which is due to take place at the Grimsby Leisure Centre in April.

As well as sponsoring Jon, ABP will also be taking a table at the black-tie event and cheering Jon on as he tries to raise as much money as possible for CRUK after losing his father to the disease last summer.

Jon has been given just eight weeks to train for the match and said: “I will be fighting my opponent over 3 x 2 minute rounds after eight weeks gruelling training, all under the watchful eye of an experienced referee.

“I have always wanted to take part in an event like this but not had the chance, this seemed an ideal opportunity especially as it’s for an amazing charity. The support I’ve received has been brilliant and now it’s down to me to deliver cancer a knockout blow.”

Mike Sellers, Port Manager for Grimsby and Immingham said: “Jon has proven how passionate he is about raising money for this fantastic cause and we were more than happy to sponsor him. Everyone here at ABP wants to show how much they support Jon and wish him luck in his match.”

If you would be interested making a donation, please visit Jon’s JustGiving page (https://www.justgiving.com/Jonathan-Plant3)


  • 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.

ABP Humber

The four ports of Grimsby, Immingham, Hull and Goole handle more than 60 million tonnes of cargo between them each year.

Grimsby and Immingham form the UK’s busiest trading gateway and move around 49 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.

Goole is situated 50 miles upriver and is the UK’s premier inland port. It handles over one million tonnes of cargo annually

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