'Rising star' in charge of the Port of Grimsby

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 1 Jun 2018

ASSOCIATED  British Ports (ABP) has announced the appointment of a new dedicated port manager for Grimsby.

Rising star Ashley Curnow takes over the helm of the port as major heritage projects commence and the port grows into new markets.

His appointment recognises “huge changes” taking place at the Port of Grimsby, according to operator ABP.

The port has a booming role in the offshore wind industry and is already one of the biggest ports in the UK for importing cars.

It is also going through major regeneration, with ABP recently announcing a key role in a £3.7m scheme to help restore the historic Kasbah.

Mr Curnow has been appointed to help manage the huge amount of activity taking place, and lead the port into the next chapter of its story.

He said: “It’s a great honour to take on the challenge of leading the regeneration of one of our most important ports.

“I’m looking forward to strengthening Grimsby’s proud heritage in fishing, whilst growing new business in cars, renewable energy and other sectors at the same time as ensuring we bring back to life some of the historic buildings that help to make the Port of Grimsby special.”

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Mr Curnow, 26, who has worked for ABP for the last four years, was recently shortlisted along with five others in the ‘Rising Star’ category of the Automotive Logistics Europe Awards.

This prestigious nomination places him as one of the leading operatives in automotive logistics in the world.

ABP Humber Ports Director Simon Bird, pictured above, said: “The Port of Grimsby is experiencing some exciting changes at the moment.

“As we breathe new life into the historic buildings in the Kasbah, we also need to focus our attention on the growth of the offshore wind sector and strengthening the position Grimsby holds as a major player in the car sector.

“Ashley Curnow is absolutely the right person for the moment and he will bring the dynamism and knowledge needed to seize the many opportunities ahead for Grimsby.”

Read more: Grimsby's historic Kasbah at centre of £3.7m investment to transform areas of docks and town for new bars and restaurants

Once Europe’s largest fishing port, Grimsby still plays a huge role in supporting the UK economy.

Around 7,000 jobs are associated with the port’s supply chain and around £465 million is generated for the economy.

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