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ABP Humber ports in the spotlight

The Port of Hull has recently completed the largest shipment of wood pellets ever handled at ABP’s Dry Bulks Terminal. Meanwhile, ABP has sold over 40 acres of land in Stallingborough, close to its Port of Immingham, to support local expansion by Kia Motors

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The land at Stallingborough is just two miles from the Port of Immingham and will enable Kia to expand their existing car storage facility.


Kia has centralised all its UK imports from Korea through ABP Immingham. Its current storage facility can hold up to 17,000 cars and the extra land could allow an extra 8,000 cars to be stored within the secure compound.

Kia cars from Korea being offloaded in Immingham
Kia cars from Korea being offloaded in Immingham

ABP Humber Head of Property, David Morriss, said: “Here on the Humber we have a substantial land bank of 900 acres in prime locations, with fantastic links to marine and land-based transport infrastructure. We are strategically marketing these areas to offer solutions to customers from all sectors.


“We can provide excellent expansion and development opportunities for a range of different businesses, without any impact on the efficiency or flexibility of our port operations.”

Kia has a 190-strong UK dealer network and in 2018 delivered more than 95,000 new cars to British motorists. The UK is its fifth-largest global market.


The Dry Bulks Terminal operations team successfully discharged nearly 30,000 tonnes from the 200m long ISADORA destined for the Drax Power Station in Selby. The shipment will generate enough sustainable electricity for almost 18,000 homes for a year.


Fully complete in over 77 hours (including stoppages), the weather-sensitive cargo of compressed wood pellets was directly loaded to trucks and the remainder of stock is stored in the terminal’s modern 26 Shed.

The shipment was enough to power 18,000 hoes for one year
The shipment was enough to power 18,000 hoes for one year

ABP Humber Director, Simon Bird, said: “It’s important to work in partnership with our customers to enable to them to grow and achieve fundamental business objectives.


The Port of Hull is home to a dedicated rail-load-out facility for Drax and in 40 minutes it can load a train with 1,600 tonnes of wood pellets. Up to 17 biomass trains per week can deliver fuel to Drax from the Port of Hull.


Drax Head of Logistics, Mark Gibbens, said: “Developing a supply chain able to deliver the sustainable biomass in the quantities required was central to us being able to convert two thirds of the power station to use biomass instead of coal, transforming the business to become the largest decarbonisation project in Europe.


“We have supported investment of £300M in our port facilities and our operations support 5,700 jobs in the supply chain in the north and contribute £600M to the region’s economy. The Port of Hull is an important part of the Drax supply chain, and continues to handle biomass for us in a safe and reliable manner.”


The terminal is seeing increased business, and 2018 saw a strong performance with the UK’s leading crop production and grain marketing business - Frontier Agriculture.


Frontier Agriculture Operations Director, Richard Pollard, said: “Access to efficient import and export services is important to us as it enables us to manage the grain supply chain effectively for our farmer and grain consumer customers.


“ABP has provided vital support to this aspect of our business; handling up to three times more throughput than planned last year and at times exceeding the expected tonnes-per-hour performance rate by up to 50%.”


Other terminal investments include the introduction of the new in-house haulage team and state-of-the-art tipper trucks in July 2018.

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