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

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 20 Dec 2018

A major new port service with the world’s biggest container shipping line will establish a crucial 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 will have deep-sea connections to the rest of the world for the first time in its history.

Simon Bird, ABP Humber director, said: “Unlocking this new trade gateway to the rest of the world is not only significant for the local economy, but also for the national and international economy.

“We’re proud to welcome the world’s largest container shipping line, Maersk, on board to the Hull Container Terminal, and we look forward to strengthening our partnership and building further trade links.

“We believe that the Humber Container Terminals - Hull and Immingham - are now the premier container destinations in the North of England, offering an unrivalled service.

“We have recently invested £50 million into these terminals including our two £10.5 million gantry cranes at the Hull Container Terminal.”

The new service with Maersk will begin in 2019, and will see ABP handle around 240 boxes a week.

Simon Bird, regional director for ABP Humber

The Container Terminal has seen significant investment from ABP in recent times, and has gone from strength to strength ever since.

It can now handle double its container capacity – almost a quarter of a million every year.

Read more: Major new port deal will see 30,000 more containers enter and leave Hull every year

This year, it has gone from five sailings per week to a maximum of 16 sailings per week, testament to the fact that Hull is increasingly becoming a premier container trade destination.

Chris Vause, commercial manager at ABP, said: “We have recently opened up connections to Ghent, Rotterdam and Amsterdam and the fact that we now have a significant world-wide container line on board, proves that Hull Container Terminal is a powerhouse in its own right.”

ABP’s four ports on the Humber (Grimsby, Goole, Immingham and Hull) handle around 17 per cent of all of the UK’s seaborne trade.

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Every year the ports handle £75bn worth of trade, more than the Mersey, Tyne and Tees combined.

Asbjorn Kops, Maersk’s product manager for UK & Ireland, said: “At Maersk, we continuously work on improving our local product offering, ensuring that our portfolio meets the expectations of our customers and helps them grow their business.

“Our short-sea connections complement our ocean services and connect our customers with markets around the world.”

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