121-tonne steel roller cargo puts Immingham port team to the test

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 27 Jun 2018

The heavy lift of project cargo brought praise for Immingham’s port operatives as a 121 tonne steel roller was safely exported from the quayside.

Specialist Goole-based team ICT Logistics worked with the ABP crew on a delicate element of the journey, which won’t complete until mid-July.

The solid cast steel product, built by Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd, was brought to the UK’s busiest port on the first leg of a 4,500 nautical mile journey to Mariupol in Ukraine.

Cargo vessel MV Zuidvliet is taking the back-up roll to the Black Sea port via the Mediterranean, with a first port stop of Bilbao scheduled for Saturday.

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She’d arrived at Immingham from Sweden, setting sail from North East Lincolnshire on Tuesday night. 

Mark Frith, port manager for Grimsby and Immingham, said: “We’re very pleased but not surprised with how smoothly this new operation went. We pride ourselves on being able to handle any type of cargo through our port and with the support and assistance from ICTL, we were able to satisfy another happy customer.”

The cargo was expertly transported to the port from Sheffield via the M180 and A180. Due to the size of the cargo, roads had to be temporarily closed on Monday night as it made the passage.

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Mike Medden, director of ICT Logistics, said: “We have a lot of enquires for both the export and import of project cargo into and out of the UK and the Humber ports are ideally situated for this type of traffic, particularly the Port of Immingham.  

“ABP’s operational team at Immingham are extremely professional and always willing to help where ever they can and both ICTL and our clients are grateful for the support we receive – long may it continue.”

Efforts are being made to raise awareness of the Humber ports’ accessibility to manufacturers across the North.

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