ABP’s Immingham Container Terminal (ICT) welcomed the MS Vanquish into the port of Immingham last week. The newly chartered vessel is working on behalf of A2B to meet the growing demand of the container business in the UK.
The Vanquish will increase A2B’s presence at Immingham’s Container Terminal from 9 to11 calls per week. This commitment to Immingham reflects the positive transformations and significant investment made at the terminal in the last 12 months to meet growing customer needs.
ABP own and operate Immingham and Hull container terminals on the Humber. With future investment plans due to be made at ICT, improvements and expansion plans mean that the capacity of containers through the terminal is expected to increase.
The facility operates on a 24/7 basis and boasts three ship to shore gantry cranes, four rubber tyred gantry cranes and is supported by seven brand new Kilmar reach stackers. This impressive line up on machinery enables short sea shipments to be discharged, loaded and sailing once again within a matter of hours.
Mark Frith, Port Manager for Grimsby and Immingham said: “The success of the Immingham Container Terminal is largely down to the staff that we have working there. We have recently recruited some exceptionally talented individuals to add to an already talented team whose key focus is on ensuring our customers are happy.”
The staff at ICT have been heavily focussing their attention on improvements around the site such as enabling advanced electronic data collection, improving IT infrastructure, setting KPI’s and continually improving their haulier booking-in system.
The vessel was welcomed into the port of Immingham where a traditional port plaque handover ceremony took place between the Port Manager and the Chief Officer of the vessel.
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.
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.
- Handles over 1.5 million vehicles every year
• 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
• Handles around 90m tonnes of cargo each year
• Owns 5,000 hectares of port estate
• Has 87km of quay
Our five year investment programme is worth £1 billion. Our investment is designed to respond to the needs of our customers whose business relies on our ports for access to international and, in some cases, domestic markets.
About ABP Humber
The four ports of Grimsby, Immingham, Hull and Goole handle more than 58 million tonnes of cargo between them each year worth approximately £75 billion.
Grimsby and Immingham form the UK’s busiest trading gateway and move around 50 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 focal point for the development of the UK’s largest offshore wind turbine manufacturing, construction, assembly, and service facility, which is located on the Port’s Alexandra Dock. This new facility represents a £310 million investment and ahs created around 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.