Thor Shipping & Transport is committing 10 years to The Port of Hull, while Peterson UK Limited has concluded a long-term agreement to establish a new operational and logistics base in the Port of Lowestoft
Associated British Ports (ABP) has invested £6M into Thor’s 10-acre leased terminal, allowing substantial infrastructure improvement works and an additional 2.5 acres of container storage space. As part of this key investment, in March 2019, a hybrid £3.5M Liebherr harbour crane will arrive.
Since July 2014 Thor has trebled its tonnage through the two-berth terminal on King George Dock. Its shortsea affiliate Sunline operates a regular container and breakbulk service connecting the UK with the East Coast of Sweden twice a week. It also facilitates vessels three times a week to Zeebrugge and a breakbulk liner service every fortnight from Finland and Iceland.
“The key to realising our potential and helping our valued customers to grow, is ensuring that we continually work closely with them and support their future aspirations,” said Chris Green, ABP Port Manager for Hull and Goole.
“This agreement shows that both ABP and Thor are confident in committing to support the Humber region for a substantial amount of time, so much so, it’s double the length of the previous contract agreed in 2014.”
ABP’s investment in the Port of Hull continues, recently including the installation of LED efficient mast lighting, the implementation of new heavy-duty paving and the demolition of a building to make way for new container storage.
This year Thor hopes to see its strongest performance yet, and expects to handle one million tonnes of cargo. In addition to containers, Thor’s other core business concerns steel and timber, both of which benefit from the rail links directly to the terminal at the port, which boost the efficiency of the operation and reduce carbon footprint.
Thomas Bryan, Thor Shipping and Transport Managing Director, added: “Throughout the years we have gone from strength-to-strength and it’s great to see that ABP recognises this by heavily investing into our terminal."
The Hull announcement comes hard on the heels of news of a new agreement that will see Peterson UK Ltd. a major logistics and service provider to the offshore energy industry, operate a wide range of warehouse, cargo and logistic services from ABP Lowestoft, including fuel bunkering to support the oil & gas and renewable energy sectors being supplied from their Lowestoft Supply Base.
Paul Smith, Peterson Business Manager East of England, said: “We are delighted to establish a new operations base in the Port of Lowestoft. We have a strong track record in servicing the Southern North Sea from both the UK and Netherlands and the Port of Lowestoft is an ideal location from which to support our existing Southern North Sea customer base and potential new customers.
"Our move to Lowestoft has been supported by our major stakeholders and we look forward to continuing to work closely with ABP to establish a best in class facility.”
ABP Lowestoft is expanding its provision of services to the offshore energy industry, with recent investments by Scottish Power to develop their permanent operations and maintenance base. The agreement will see increased activity in the port’s Inner Harbour.
Andrew Harston, ABP Director Short Sea Ports, said: “Our team has worked very hard with Peterson to conclude this agreement. We know that Peterson chose the Port of Lowestoft for its vessel handling capabilities and space to grow, as well as ABP’s commitment to continuing investment and the quality of the local management team."
A spokeswoman for ABP confirmed to worldcargonews online that the business is being transferred by Peterson from the Port of Great Yarmouth, describing it as a "great win for Lowestoft."