Immingham port manager sails off to take a top US transport role

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 18 Apr 2019

The UK’s biggest port has lost its manager.

Mark Frith has left his role overseeing Associated British Ports’ Immingham operations, heading back across the pond to take a top role with transport giant First Group on the US West Coast. 

He has spent four years with ABP since his arrival from DHL, initially working in Hull before taking the helm of the company’s crown jewel in early 2017.

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A spokesperson for ABP said: “We can confirm that Mark Frith has moved on from his position in ABP to accept an exciting role in California where he lived before coming to us four years ago. “We would like to thank him for his service to the Humber ports and wish him well in his new job. 

“Immingham is being managed by an interim team while we consider Mark’s succession.”

He has overseen a huge expansion of bulk and container freight at the port, focusing on customer service.

Mr Frith, left, leading the team to the Best Dry Bulk Port Award for Immingham Bulk Park at the International Bulk Journal Awards in Ghent, Belgium, late last year. 

From York, Mr Frith went to university in Leeds then immediately joined DHL in Bahrain. He spent six years in the Persian Gulf, before posts in Las Vegas, California, Miami and Barbados, ending up managing western Canada operations, where he said he had envisaged himself retiring.

The dual ports of Grimsby and Immingham have a team of 500 employees, with more than 54 million tonnes handled in 2017. 

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Humber director Simon Bird heads up the entire complex, with managers responsible for the individual ports. Ashley Curnow is in Grimsby, where the major expansion of the car terminal has just been announced, with Chris Green looking after Hull and Goole.  

As reported, ABP’s head of corporate affairs and communications on the Humber, Dafydd Williams, has just taken the chair of North East Lincolnshire’s Development and Growth board, the private-led economy-focused steering group established by the local authority. 

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