ABP's top Hull port deals in 2018/19 which keep the city trading

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 16 Apr 2019

The Humber's port links are still at the heart of the region's economy.

The estuary - with ports at Hull, Grimsby, Goole and Immingham - is one of the busiest and fastest-growing trade areas in Europe.

Almost a quarter of the UK's sea trade happens right here in the Humber. Every year, more than 30,000 international shipments come in and out of the region's ports.

The Port of Hull is no exception to the region's success.

A trip down to the docks will show you very quickly just how busy life is at ABP.

But where are cargo ships leaving Hull destined for?

Hull Live has compiled some of the biggest port deals announced by ABP in the city in the 2018/19 year.

They span across the entire globe, from the Caribbean to the Far East.

Unlocking the Far East with Maersk

The port deal with Maersk will unlock a trade link to the Far East and beyond (ABP)

A major new port service with the world’s biggest container shipping line was announced by ABP last December.

It will establish a crucial trade link between Hull and the Far East.

Read more: Major port deal will unlock new trade link between Hull and the Far East

Associated British Port’s agreement with Maersk will see around 12,000 containers come in and out of the Port of Hull every year.

It means Hull’s Container Terminal now has deep-sea connections to the rest of the world for the first time in its history.

£6m investment reaps rewards

Chris Green, ABP Port Manager for Hull and Goole (right) hands over the extended terminal to Thomas Bryan, managing director at Thor (ABP)

At the start of this year, ABP announced a major 10-year port deal with Thor Shipping on the back of a £6m investment in Hull.

The port operator pledged millions of pounds into the terminal used by the shipping company, which has also seen a new £3.5m crane arrive at the docks.

Since 2014, Thor has trebled its tonnage through the terminal on King George Dock, and runs regular services connecting Hull with Belgium and Sweden.

Read more: ABP seals 10-year Thor Shipping deal after £6m Hull investment

Chris Green, ABP port manager for Hull and Goole, said: “The key to realising our potential and helping our valued customers to grow, is ensuring that we continually work closely with them and support their future aspirations.

“This agreement shows that both ABP and Thor are confident in committing to support the Humber region for a substantial amount of time, so much so, it’s double the length of the previous contract agreed in 2014.”

Helping Drax power 18,000 homes

Port workers moving biomass pellets in the storage unit on King George Dock (Peter Harbour)

The largest shipment of biomass pellets ever to arrive at the Port of Hull was announced last month.

Destined for Drax Power Station, near Goole, it is expected the pellets will generate enough clean energy to power 18,000 homes for a year.

The operation to move the pellets from the Isadora vessel to the shore took 77 hours.

Some of the pellets were also stored at ABP’s state-of-the-art biomass facility, known as 26 Shed.

Read more: ABP handles largest ever biomass pellet shipment at Port of Hull

The Port of Hull is home to a dedicated rail-load-out facility for Drax, and in 40 minutes can load a train with 1,600 tonnes of wood pellets.

Up to 17 biomass trains per week can deliver fuel to Drax, near Goole, from the city’s docks.

Connecting Hull to the Caribbean

General cargo vessel The Beautriumph will be amongst the fleet of vessels making monthly calls at the Port of Hull (ABP)

The Port of Hull forged new links with the Caribbean in February in a deal which will see thousands of tonnes of cargo shipped every year.

International shipping service Europe Caribbean Line (ECL) visited ABP’s Hull port for the first time earlier this year, with over 300 tonnes of heavy vehicles and industrial components exported to Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad.

Read more: Port deal forges new links between Hull and the Caribbean

The well-established line has relocated to Hull after over 15 years of continuous service, to bolster customer accessibility in the Humber, Midlands and Northern regions, whilst continuing to serve the rest of the UK.

Humber based company - Global Shipping - has been contracted for the stevedoring of the King George Dock based operation.

Hull strengthens Belgium links

Global logistics giant Samskip is committed to the Humber

The Port of Hull last year further strengthened its ties with Belgium after ABP announced a new container service connecting the city with Antwerp.

Global logistics company Samskip has opened up a new route between Hull and Belgium’s biggest port, which will see 15,000 extra containers come into the region.

The news came just months after a similar deal involving I-Motion Shipping saw a new connection forged between the ports of Hull and Ghent.

Read more: Hull strengthens ties with Belgium with new port connection

ABP Humber director, Simon Bird, said: "It's fantastic news that Samskip has selected the Port of Hull once again as their premier short-sea departure destination.

"ABP has continued to drive substantial investments in its Hull Container Terminal, increasing container storage space and acquiring state-of-the-art equipment."

Hull starts fresh chapter with paper deal

ABP has signed a two-year agreement with VPK Packaging Group for handling its paper reels destined for sustainable industrial and consumer goods packaging. (ABP)

A new contract announced at the Port of Hull in February will see more than 30,000 tonnes of paper pass through the city’s docks every year.

Associated British Ports has signed the deal with Belgium-based manufacturer VPK Packaging Group.

Read more: ABP deal will see 30,000 tonnes of paper shipped through Port of Hull

The agreement will see the major port operator handle paper reels shipped from Ghent, as they arrive into the Hull Container Terminal on Queen Elizabeth Dock.

The Belgian company has also said it expects its volumes of paper to increase in the coming years.

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