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ABP Humber container terminals open for business

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The newly expanded ABP Humber container terminals are now open for business following a £50 million investment. The investment has seen a reduction in carbon, increased capacity and a more efficient service for customers

The Humber’s location on the East Coast of England was already a popular option for international businesses, but the expansion has seen growth in new customers and new sailing routes.

The £50 million investment is split between two sites, Hull and Immingham. In 2018, the container terminal in Hull expanded which saw sailings increase from five to 15 per week in a short space of time, adding new destinations as partners.

The £33 million upgrade and improvement programme at the Immingham container terminal has future proofed the terminal, extended its footprint, maximised efficiencies and improved the service to customers. Within a year, two new ship-to-shore cranes worth £11.5 million arrived, six electric rubber tyre gantry cranes worth £7 million arrived, a safer car park was upgraded, and security gates were completely replaced for the increased traffic at the terminal.

The electric rubber tyre gantry cranes that arrived a year ago have reduced fuel consumption by 95% and will therefore complement ABP’s efforts to reduce emissions.

A recent academic study has shown that by moving cargo from southern ports to the Humber, businesses can save thousands of tpy of CO2e by enabling traders to reduce journey times by bringing cargoes closer to their final destinations in the North of England and the Midlands.

Simon Bird, Regional Director for ABP Humber, said: “A huge congratulations to our partners and colleagues who have completed the investment during a pandemic. It’s been a challenging year, but our teams have worked hard in keeping Britain trading. The investment in the Humber container terminal is a great enabler for businesses to grow in the North and reduce their carbon emissions and therefore save money. We have already seen new customers choose to bring containers to the Humber as a result, and with more growth expected this could really help customers achieve their carbon reduction ambitions as well as save them time and money."

These expansions mean that the Humber now has the best equipped and located container port offer for retailers and suppliers to access their goods across the Midlands and the North of England.

In addition, the Humber offers road and rail access, providing customers with swift and efficient transport of cargo to major distribution hubs and centres of production in Britain. There are high frequency services that connect the ports to EU, the Baltics and Scandinavia, and are connected to base ports via feeders, linking with the global trades.

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