Brexit opportunity pushed home by ports giant ABP
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 17 Dec 2018
The Humber ports, with Immingham at the fore, are being marketed hard by ABP as a potential hard Brexit closes in.
With a no deal scenario potentially a step closer following the past fortnight’s activity in Westminster, bosses have launched a digital campaign to underline the resilience offered by the cluster.
In a statement urging major shippers or cargo owners to get in touch if they have concerns about smooth passage, the company said: “ABP’s network of 21 ports around Britain offer resilient and reliable supply chain solutions. Our ports on the Humber connect a wide range of destinations in Europe, and are capable of enabling businesses avoid the risk of disruption at Dover in the event of a no-deal Brexit.”
As reported, ABP has already committed £36 million of investment to Immingham Container Terminal, as it looks to double capacity after experiencing strong growth in recent years.
This is likely to accelerate further as businesses seek to avoid cross-Channel delays in the congested South East.
DFDS, the largest third party operator on Port of Immingham has also extended its footprint by a further 10 per cent, with Killingholme also being eyed up as a potential fifth Humber port to ease hold-ups and meet demand. It has been suggested as an option for urgent medicines, with North Lincolnshire Council keen to make it a permanent player in the ports sector.
Humber Sea Terminal is a roll-on, roll-off port that has been extended several times since launching in 1999 at the site of a former naval fuel jetty. It borders Able marine Energy Park, which has yet to develop quayside facilities.
Recent statistics suggest that despite 50 per cent of manufacturing, warehousing and the population being in the north, 90 per cent of container ro-ro and 75 per cent of all container traffic goes through southern ports, due to high frequency shorter crossing times, until now seen as a safe option.