New man at the helm of Humber International Terminal

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 13 Mar 2019

Humber International Terminal has a new man at the helm.

Martin Bardle, formerly Associated British Ports’ head of compliance, has taken the operational role, following Craig Barbour’s appointment as general manager at the company’s Southampton facilities. 

HIT, the in-river facility developed in three key phases, handles 10 per cent of the country’s energy cargoes and has the capacity to host Panamax size vessels as well as part-laden Capesize vessels, the largest dry bulk cargo ships.

In 2013, it handled around 13 million tonnes of coal however in 2015, an agreement was signed with Drax power station to provide a facility designed to handle biomass.

HIT now boasts the country’s largest biomass handling facility, Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal.

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Martin joined ABP on the Humber in 2015 and has successfully blended a number of departments together to create the compliance team, which comprises of health and safety, security, environment and quality.

Looking forward to getting started in his new career as head of HIT, taking over from Mr Barbour, pictured right, he said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to work with the Humber International Terminal team in further improving the services we offer to our customers.”

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Mr Bardle joined the British Army at the age of 16 as a plant and equipment fitter apprentice, and served for almost 15 years in the Royal Engineers. After leaving the Army, he worked in a succession of health and safety leadership roles with companies including Balfour Beatty, Rolls-Royce and Mace.

He holds a MBA from Warwick Business School and a Masters of Science Degree in Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Management.

Simon Bird, regional director for ABP Humber, said: “Martin has been a key member of the Humber’s senior leadership team for many years and has implemented safety initiatives across a number of operations. My colleagues and I are excited to support Martin in his new role with us and look forward to future developments at the HIT.”

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