Leading ports operator RMS Group has strengthened its commercial team to capitalise on unprecedented investments around the Humber.
Already the UK’s busiest trading complex, the Humber is on the cusp of a development and trade boom fuelled by the burgeoning offshore wind industry.
Siemens and Associated British Ports are jointly investing £310m in offshore wind manufacturing facilities in Hull and on its eastern boundary while, on the south bank of the Humber, hopes remain high that the huge £450m Able Marine Energy Park will attract further investment from the rapidly-growing renewables sector.
In readiness for a boom in cargo movements and trade on the Humber, Goole-based RMS has recruited Craig Hodgson as Group Commercial Manager and David Allen as Group Business Development Manager. The appointments coincide with an announcement that Commercial Director Paul Crossland will retire with effect from December 31, 2014, but continue to work as a consultant with the company until the end of 2016.
RMS Chief Executive Peter Aarosin said:
“Despite the downturn in the economy from 2008 through to last year, which was reflected in ports activity, the company has continued to go from strength to strength.
“Now the business is once more growing very strongly and we are looking to take further advantage of an expanding market.”
Mr Aarosin, who is also Chair of the Bondholders marketing organisation, which promotes the Humber, added:
“The renewable energy sector will be a huge catalyst for new trade which will bring increased business activity, employment and prosperity to the Humber over coming years.
“There is an unprecedented opportunity for very strong growth in the ports and logistics sector on the Humber, which will have a ripple effect across the wider economy in the region.
“These appointments are about positioning ourselves to take full advantage of these business opportunities, so that RMS grows as the Humber becomes ever more important as the UK’s Energy Estuary and major gateway to and from European and world markets.”
RMS has port operations in Hull, Goole, Immingham and Grimsby, as well as owning and operating RMS Trent Ports. The business employs more than 200 people.
Mr Hodgson joins RMS from Brown McFarlane, one of the UK’s largest steel suppliers, where he was International Business Development Manager. A graduate of the University of Hull Business School, Mr Hodgson previously worked for Tata Steel and had global responsibility for the sale of all steel products into the energy and power industries.
Mr Allen brings to RMS intimate knowledge of the Humber ports market, having previously been Business Development Manager for ports and logistics operator PD Ports and, prior to that, a Sales Executive for DFDS Seaways.
Mr Aarosin said:
“Craig and David will bring a fresh, dynamic approach to our commercial operations and complement our vastly experienced existing senior team.
“We are fortunate to have a balanced portfolio of port assets and cargoes and a wide range of long-standing, blue chip customers, spread equally across our facilities. These appointments enable us to strengthen the support and excellent service we provide to both existing and potential new customers.”
Mr Hodgson said:
“I’m very excited about joining RMS. With huge developments such as Green Port Hull and the Able Marine Energy Park, the region’s economy could absolutely boom. My previous role carried international responsibilities from Brazil to New Zealand, but I didn’t want to miss out on such great opportunities closer to home.”
Mr Allen said:
“RMS is in a very healthy position. It’s an excellent company, which is always looking to develop its business, has strong capability and is highly thought of by customers.”