Immingham port open day makes a splash

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 31 Jul 2018

Port of Immingham opened its gates to allow the public to enjoy a rare glimpse at what goes on behind the scenes.

The blustery weather didn’t put off more than 500 people attending the UK's largest port across the weekend and fantastic feedback was given to ABP staff who volunteered across both days.

Guests were welcomed to the Civic Centre in Immingham where they received a warm welcome from port manager Mark Frith. He gave the groups background information on the port, its cargoes and its size.

With special site visits having been organised for the coaches, the guests were treated to a special look inside ABP’s world-class facilities and were able to find out a little more about the inner workings of the port operations.

Svitzer tugs gave a traditional salute to the visitors as they showed off their firefighting prowess by blasting out water through their high-pressure hoses.

Cranes and grabs were set to work, scooping up dock water and splashing it back into the quay, much to the amusement of the younger audiences who cheered throughout the displays.

Mr Frith said: “This is the first open weekend we’ve hosted in a long time at the port and the feedback we’ve received from the public has been phenomenal.

“The open days were predominantly hosted via a controlled bus tour which enabled our visitors to see the whole of the port estate, which meant that those who had worked on the port in the Sixties and Seventies who attended were able to reminisce and find out about how the port has transformed. It was great to give people the opportunity to find out about ABP’s past, present and future in such an engaging way.”

Attendees were also able to come along to a careers stand which had been set up at the Civic Centre, where ABP's human resources department were able to explain about the many different roles and opportunities that were on offer with the company.

"Throughout the successful event, the most common question asked by the public was 'When can we come again?'," Mr Frith added.

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