Humber ports open for business despite inclement weather

Reach stackers continue to sift through coal piles, ready to transport the cargo by rail to Drax power station, where it will be converted in to energy

The operational teams across the UK’s largest port complex on the Humber have continued to battle raging weather, brought across to the east coast of the country by Storm Emma this week.

But with true Northern grit, ABP employees at Grimsby, Immingham, Hull and Goole ports ensured that operations have remained steady and most importantly, safe.

The energy cargoes that are handled through the UK’s largest port by tonnage in Immingham alone, keep 1 in 10 of the UK’s lights on. It is pivotal that ABP Humber remains dedicated to its company ethos of Keeping Britain Trading, in order to feed, warm and comfort the nation.

Across all four ports, senior leadership have seen 100% operational employees attending work, despite challenging weather conditions, which has left many regional schools and businesses closed.

Simon Bird, regional director for ABP Humber, said: “It is testament to the dedication and hard work of ABP staff that we have kept the Humber Ports open for business during these very challenging weather conditions.”

All yard operations, including the movement of cargoes from quayside to warehouse, remain steady and ongoing with a keen cadre of workers, getting stuck in with their daily operations.

Whilst haulage numbers have significantly dipped, due to the condition of local roads, each road on the port has been cleared, gritted and staff are eager to receive or discharge cargo, brought into the port by road.

Fertiliser destined for local farms, continues to be bagged and front line staff work hard to ensure that hardy materials due to be collected for the construction trade are still being discharged from vessels, which have voyaged across from the continent on the bad weather.

It is ABP’s dedicated workforce of both front line, operational and office based staff that are the forgotten heroes who, despite severe weather and snow storms across the east coast, continue to serve the nation.


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