£3 million investment in vital equipment for Humber port
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 16 Jul 2018
More than £3 million has been invested at the Port of Hull as it grows to meet increased demand.
Owner Associatied British Ports has recently completed the purchase of more than 30 pieces of bespoke machinery to support extra business and to assist the new operation of in-house haulage for the container, dry bulks and Finland terminals.
The growing trade of containers has seen the port handle seven additional vessels a week and recently, shipping company I-Motion has heralded a new trading link between Hull and Ghent, Belgium.
New state-of-the-art tug boats have been added at the port, along with the introduction of a bigger workforce to cater for the demand.
Simon Bird, ABP Humber director, said: “There are so many advantages to building permanent teams at our ports.
“By creating secure jobs for our community, we also maintain high levels of expertise in the port, increase efficiency and develop a lasting camaraderie among our people.
“This major investment in manpower and horse power means that our customer base will continue to be provided with the most efficient services available.
“We believe that it also highlights our confidence in the port’s future as we continue to invest in growth.
“It’s fantastic news that we’re seeing this boost, as growth at the Port of Hull means more jobs and growth in the wider community.”
Recent figures show that the Port of Hull has increased its contribution to the UK economy to £813 million, and it now supports 12,000 jobs nationally, in various departments including finance, marine and engineering.
The Humber supports about 33,000 vessel movements each year.
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