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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Associated British Ports News

The CMV operated cruise vessel Marco Polo will be making several calls to Cardiff over the summer. Photo: Associated British Ports

Cardiff Port Preps for 2019 Cruise Season

The Port of Cardiff is expecting a busy cruise season which starts with the visit of the Cruise and Maritime Voyages-operated Marco Polo on Monday (22nd April), said Associated British Ports (ABP).Between May and June 2019, three cruise calls and over 2000 passengers will utilise port facilities and services provided by ABP South Wales at the Port of Cardiff.Richard Butler, Commercial Manager, ABP South Wales, said: “We are looking forward to once again welcoming thousands of passengers to the Port of Cardiff.

Wood pulp delivery at ABP’s Port of Silloth. Photo: Associated British Ports

Silloth Port Welcomes Jap Packaging Giant

Associated British Ports (ABP) said that its Port of Silloth has handled the first delivery of wood pulp for its new customer, Futamura Group, a Japanese manufacturer of cellulose and polymeric films for the packaging industry who have a major production site in Cumbria.The 2,500 tonne wood pulp delivery has been imported from South America and will be transported to the company’s production site in Wigton, Cumbria, which employs around 270 people. The wood pulp will be used to make Cellophane™ and NatureFlex™…

The vessel Skandi Captain on its maiden visit to the Port of Lowestoft. Image: Associated British Ports

Skandi Captain's Maiden Visit to Lowestoft

Associated British Ports (ABP) said that its Port of Lowestoft welcomed the Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) the Skandi Captain this week on its maiden call to the port.The visit is the latest in ABP’s partnership with Peterson UK Limited, the major logistics and service provider to the offshore energy industry.The Skandi Captain is the 50th additional call to Lowestoft since the Peterson agreement which was signed in January 2019, bringing vessel visits into the inner harbour on…

Aerial photograph of the Port of Ayr by Associated British Ports (ABP)

ABP Invests in New Agribulk Terminal at Port of Ayr

Associated British Ports Holdings (ABP), which owns and operates 21 ports in the United Kingdom, has announced a GBP 2.2 million investment in a new state-of-the-art warehouse at the Port of Ayr which will improve its customer offering.According to a press release from the port company, Work on the new 4,000 sqm agribulk terminal began in 2018 to support South West Scotland's growing agricultural sector.

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R.M. Maritime to Use Port of Immingham

Associated British Ports (ABP) has secured new business handling 40,000 tonnes of steel each year at the UK’s biggest port, the Port of Immingham.Freight forwarding company R.M. Maritime, has chosen ABP to expertly handle steel destined to be used in the construction industry in the UK.The first shipment saw ABP successfully discharge over 12,579 tonnes of steel beams from the 147-metre-long New Age vessel.The steel imported from United Arab Emirates will be stored externally and then distributed by road to Rainham Steel based in Scunthorpe.Simon Bird…

Ahead of Brexit, ABP Increases Investment in Port of Hull

Port operator Associated British Ports (ABP) said on Monday it had boosted investments at its Port of Hull, bringing the total to 250 million pounds ($321.78 million) since the country's 2016 decision to leave the European Union.ABP said it was working to support businesses that are anxious about a no-deal Brexit and the potential "severe disruption" that it may cause with the March 29 exit date ticking closer."We have already seen volumes begin to rise at our ports on the Humber as customers look for alternatives to Dover," said ABP, which has 21 ports across England, Scotland and Wales.Prime

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ABP, Thor Shipping Sign New Port of Hull Contract

Associated British Ports (ABP) announced a major new agreement which sees Dutch shortsea specialist Thor Shipping & Transport commit 10 years to The Port of Hull.In addition, ABP has invested GBP6 million 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 £3.5 million Liebherr harbour crane will arrive, to bolster eco-friendly…

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ABP Bags Maersk Trade Deal

As agreement between Associated British Ports (ABP) container terminal located in Hull and Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping line,  to open a trading link between the north of England and the Far East.The service begins in the New Year into the 21-acre container terminal in Hull which has seen significant recent investment by ABP. The weekly feeder vessels will see ABP handle around 240 boxes per week, equivalent to 12,000 containers per year.“Unlocking this new trade gateway to the rest of the world is not only significant for the local economy…

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Maersk Moves North-East England Coverage to Hull

A.P. Moller - Maersk, an integrated container logistics company, announced that it is moving its  North-East England coverage from Immingham to Hull.The existing connection between Immingham and continental Europe, will change to Hull, enabling better accessibility for local shippers and offering convenient connection with mainline services."Starting January 12th, 2019, the short sea service, operated by BG Freight and currently calling Immingham, will be moved to Hull Container Terminal in East Yorkshire…

Port of Rotterdam Authority wins the ESPO Award 2018. Photo: European Sea Ports Organisation

Port of Rotterdam Wins ESPO Award 2018

The largest port in Europe the Port of Rotterdam Authority has been awarded the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award 2018.The award was made in recognition of the port's engagement with the city or wider community through the creation of a good workplace environment for its current and future employees and the demonstration of its investment in a diverse and inclusive environment, facilitating mutual respect, non-discrimination and personal development.The ESPO Award was handed out by the Deputy Director-General of DG Move…

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Seafarers’ Mental Health is Focus of New Training Program

KVH Videotel introduced a new training package, “Seafarers Mental Health and Wellbeing,” during the 5th Annual International Shipowning & Shipmanagement Summit in London, and announced that the package will be available free of charge throughout the industry due to the critical importance of the topic.The program was produced in association with the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and comprises a short video, facilitator notes, and information booklets…

ABP’s Immingham Terminal (Photo courtesy of ABTO)

ABP Humber and RBT Join ABTO Membership

ABP Humber has joined the Association of Bulk Terminal Operators (ABTO) as a full member, in what marks a significant milestone for the newly formed trade association. Associated British Ports’ terminals in Hull, Grimsby, Goole and Immingham, which together handle more than 65 million tonnes of cargo annually, contributing over £2.2 billion  ($2.8bln) to the UK economy, join a growing ABTO membership-base that includes operators in the Americas, Europe and Asia. ABP Humber’s membership to ABTO follows that of another operator located on the UK’s east coast: Redcar Bulk Terminal…

Richard Adam (Photo: BMT)

Adam Joins BMT Board

Design, engineering and risk management consultancy BMT Group Ltd informs that Richard Adam has joined its board as a nonexecutive director. Qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1982, Adam has a wealth of financial acumen, M&A and international business experience, having served as finance director of private and listed businesses for nearly 30 years. From 2007 until retiring in 2016 he was group finance director of Carillion plc and previously, he held the same role at Associated British Ports Holdings plc for seven years.

The new Mantsinen 120M HybriLift hydraulic crane now in operation at the Port of Swansea.  (Photo:  Cooper Handling)

New Cranes for Port of Swansea

The second of five highly efficient hydraulic cranes destined for Associated British Ports (ABP) facilities across the UK has arrived at ABP Swansea. Supplied and installed by the country's largest independent provider of port equipment, Cooper Specialised Handling, the Mantsinen 120M crane is part of a £6million deal between the two companies. A smaller version of the acclaimed equipment was recently installed at the port operator's facility in Teignmouth, Devon and it is now unloading 2,000T vessels two hours quicker, using less fuel, than the crane it replaced.

ABP Chooses OceanWise Port-Log

Associated British Ports (ABP) has contracted OceanWise to install Port-Log across all of ABP's 21 UK ports. The project has not required any of ABP's existing sensors to be replaced. A major benefit of Port-Log.net is its ability to accommodate a wide range of sensors from different manufacturers. Consequently, pressing deadlines for installing and testing the system were able to be met. The service utilises OceanWise' Smart Telemetry units to transmit data to a cloud server…

Containers Cranes over the River Mersey. CREDIT: (c) Jim Giddens Adobe Stock

Liverpool Port Eyes Transatlantic Expansion

Liverpool's new container terminal expects to ramp up transatlantic shipping as British companies look to deepen business ties despite concerns that the U.S. election of Donald Trump could hinder free trade, the port operator's chief said. Private group Peel Ports has invested 400 million pounds ($510 million) in transforming Liverpool's existing facility into a deep-water container terminal that can receive bigger ships. The new development opened last month. Mark Whitworth, chief executive of Peel Ports…

Cooper to Supply Five Cranes for ABP

Cooper Specialized Handling, supplier of port equipment in the UK, has secured contracts with a total value of £6 million  ($7.7 mln) with Associated British Ports (ABP) for the supply of five Mantsinen hydraulic cranes. The five contracts include an order for the 200M, the world's largest hydraulic crane. Port operator ABP has a network of 21 ports across England, Scotland and Wales. In 2015 ABP and its customers handled 92 million tonnes of cargo ranging from bulks to containers and cars to coal. The new Mantsinen cranes will be deployed at five of ABP's short sea operations across the UK.

Shipping Minister John Hayes CBE MP (front row, third from left) at ABP Southampton with James Cooper, chief executive at Associated British Ports (front row, far left), Alastair Welch, port director at ABP Southampton port director (back row, far right) with staff at ABP Southampton (Photo: ABP)

New Vessel Traffic Equipment at ABP Southampton

Associated British Ports marked the latest in a series of multi-million dollar investments in the port of Southampton by inviting the Rt Hon John Hayes CBE MP to open its brand new vessel traffic service (VTS) operating room, (September 21). The Minister of State at the Department of Transport was in attendance as Britain's leading ports company revealed its $5.2m investment in a new office with state-of-the-art equipment at Ocean Gate, Southampton, which will be manned on a 24/7 basis.

Southampton port in the UK, managed by Associated British Ports (ABP). Pic: ABP

Southampton Port to Take off with New Boss

As announced in November, Nick Ridehalgh, Associated British Ports (ABP) Director Southampton, is stepping down from his role and from ABP, with his last day Friday, 8 April. Alastair Welch, who has extensive experience of the transport sector, including Heathrow’s Terminal 4 and London Southend Airport, will shortly be joining ABP as Director, Southampton. ABP Chief Executive James Cooper said: “I would like to thank Nick for his service to ABP and the Port of Southampton and wish him well for the future.

James Leeson (Photo: DP World London Gateway)

DP World London Gateway Hires Head of Commercial Port

DP World London Gateway Port has appointed James Leeson to the role of Head of Port Commercial following the announcement that Tabare Dominguez is to become Commercial Director at DP World Vancouver. Leeson started in the role this month, bringing with him more than 20 years of international experience in the shipping and ports industry. He was most recently Head of Commercial for Associated British Ports (ABP) Humber region, covering the ports of Immingham, Hull, Grimsby and Goole.

Attendees today at ABP’s annual Marine Conference which is being held at the Port of Ipswich

ABP Marine Conference at Port of Ipswich

The Port of Ipswich is hosting Associated British Ports’ (ABP) two-day annual Marine Conference for the first time starting today. Held at the Old Custom House on the Ipswich waterfront, the conference is an annual event for more than 30 marine professionals who represent all 21 of ABP’s ports across the UK. The focus of this year’s conference is to investigate current development in the industry, share experience and set the course for the year ahead. ABP Director Short Sea Ports…

Innovation Continuous Ship Unloaders are delivered to the Port of Immingham

ABP Named 'Business of the Year'

Associated British Ports (ABP) has been named Business of the Year at the Rail Freight Group awards last night. Judges hailed ABP’s record of innovation in the freight sector, particularly the Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal (IRFT) on the Humber, the UK’s most technically advanced biomass handling facility. The £130m terminal was also runner up in the Technical Development award category. Tony Berkeley, RFG Chairman, said: “ABP is a well-deserved winner of the business of the year award.

Maria Pittordis

7th Annual UK Ports Conference to Take Off Tomorrow

Tomorrow 23rd June international law firm Hill Dickinson LLP will be holding  its UK Ports Conference focusing on ‘The Future of UK Ports: changing regulation, shipping trend updates and new opportunities in the supply chain’. The 7th Annual UK Ports Conference will allow senior representatives from across the ports, shipping and maritime sector to network and discuss policy updates, shipping trends and the latest logistics and supply chain guidance. The day will also look at…

Blyth Workcats 14m survey boat to be built for ABP

Blyth Workcats Wins ABP Survey Boat Contract

At the Seawork International Exhibition in Southampton, Blyth Workcats Ltd announced that Associated British Ports (ABP) has awarded it the contract for a new 14-metre survey vessel to be built at the company’s yard on Canvey Island, Essex, UK. The new boat will be based on one of Blyth Workcats’ established survey craft models but built to a bespoke design detailed to meet the specific requirements of ABP’s hydrographic surveyors. The vessel will be based in Hull and used for survey operations throughout the Rivers Humber…

Patrick Walters

Walters Joins Peel Ports Group

Peel Ports Group confirmed the appointment of Patrick Walters as group commercial director. Walters is a leading commercial executives in the U.K. ports industry, having held top positions in P&O Ports, DP World and Associated British Ports. Peel Ports group CEO Mark Whitworth believes that Patrick’s experience will prove invaluable as the business commits itself to extremely ambitious growth plans. Whitworth said: “Securing Patrick Walters is a major coup for the company and he brings exceptional experience and credentials to Peel Ports. Patrick joins us at an exciting time.

Kalmar Gloria Reachstackers

Kalmar Gloria Reachstackers for Associated British Ports

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will deliver two Gloria reachstackers to the Hams Hall Rail Terminal in Birmingham, operated by Associated British Ports (ABP). The order was signed in August 2014 with delivery in December 2014. The deal will enable ABP to continue to meet key performance indicators for its blue chip customers, including a tight 30-minute turnaround time. Both machines will be supplied with Kalmar's unique integrated ground-stabilizer system, which increases the capacity of the machine in second and third rail operations.