Incredible bulk! Immingham terminal brings home top sector award

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 27 Nov 2018

Immingham Bulk Park has grabbed global recognition after being crowned the best in its class.

The facility – subject to significant investment as it is expanded to serve growing customers – has been named as the Best Dry Bulk Port at the International Bulk Journal Awards.

Predominantly serving the UK agricultural sector, the 1.5 million sq ft storage and handling facility saw off competition from Germany, Finland and the United Arab Emirates. 

Judges heard how it can handle any conceivable type of dry bulk cargo, from bagged or loose fertiliser, to pumice or soya. At peak times the team can bag 3,000 tonnes of fertiliser a day – the only place in the UK with that capability.

MV Montrose moored at a berth beside Immingham Bulk Park, delivering 26,000 tonnes of fertiliser from Egypt earlier this month.

Mark Frith, port manager for ABP at Immingham, attended the ceremony in Ghent, Belgium. He said: “Given the hugely impressive international competition Immingham was up against, this award demonstrates just how important our facility in the Humber is for the bulks sector. It’s a huge vote of confidence in our operations and is down to the terrific partnership that has been established between our staff, management and customers.”

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Facilities at Hamburg, Kokkola and Abu Dhabi had been in contention. 

In 2015 the Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal, the world’s biggest dedicated biomass handling facility, was shortlisted for Best Specialist Dry Bulk Port or Terminal, Cargo Handling and Bulk Logistics Excellence, and at the 2013 event a Special Achievement Award was bestowed on the entire port to mark a highly successful centenary year.

Last month saw a £1 million investment announced for Immingham Bulk Park, after a new five-year agreement was signed with Brigg-based Thomas Bell & Sons Ltd. 

It guaranteed an additional 80,000 tonnes of fertiliser being brought through the port each year.

A fourth bagging plant and further new equipment for the facility, including loading shovels and forklift trucks, will be added.

It comes as Immingham Bulk Terminal, the riverside facility serving British Steel, prepares for a £65 million overhaul, and hot on the heels of the £36 million investment into Immingham Container Terminal as it adds 50 per cent more capacity.

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