The anticipation of major changes in cargo trade flows has influenced Associated British Ports (ABP) to undertake further investment with a major expansion plan for its container handling operations in the Port of Immingham. It seems Brexit is the spur to now improve the Immingham container terminal facilities, with ABP, having similarly spent recently circa £14 million in Hull, saying the cost of the overall schemes will total around £50 million. Shipping volumes of box freight last year in the region increased significantly according to ABP figures.
In July Samskip transferred its Icelandic box trade to the new facilities in Hull from Immingham and a couple of months earlier I-Motion announced a new container service to run between Hull and Ghent in Belgium. Upgrading the Immingham facilities is aimed at similarly boosting imports and exports.
ABP claims that Immingham holds the title of ‘Britain’s Biggest Port’ by tonnage and handles everything from RoRo traffic to bulk cargoes, oil and biomass imports as well as box and general freight. The Hull improvements included new, purpose-built gantry cranes and now the port management says it anticipates this even larger £36 million investment will generate container throughput in the neighbouring port increasing by up to 50% by 2020.