Humber ports host trade discussions with Royal Danish Embassy and partners

ABP Humber head of compliance, Martin Bardle, welcomes senior representatives of the Royal Danish Embassy and the port of Hanstholm to the UK’s largest port in Immingham

ABP’s Humber ports this week welcomed senior officials from the Royal Danish Embassy as well as the managing director of Denmark’s Port of Hanstholm, to discuss trade options.

Over two days, the delegation was given a whistle-stop tour of some of the most notable businesses on the Humber by Simon Dwyer of Seafox Management Consultants Ltd and Peter Aarosin of Danbrit Holdings Ltd.

As well as visits to meet with Humber Bondholders, Humber Seafood Cluster, Young’s Seafood and Modal Training, the group also visited three of the four Humber ports owned by the leading port operator.

With a number of recent investments having been made by ABP across the Humber ports, the delegation was particularly interested in learning more about the company logistics surrounding roll-on, roll-off (roro) and lift-on, lift-off (lolo) cargoes.

In August, ABP announced a major expansion of its container terminal in Immingham, which received an investment boost of £36 million, to accommodate a growth in demand and an increase in container volumes.

Last year, a £14m investment in ABP’s container offering in the Port of Hull helped support new regular container ship sailings with operators Samskip and I Motion between Hull and the ports of Amsterdam and Ghent.

ABP expects a similar outcome for their latest investment in Immingham and anticipates a further 50% growth in volumes by 2020 at the site.

The Port of Hanstholm, whilst officially the newest port in Denmark, boasts the impressive achievement as the largest fishing port. With expansion plans currently underway at the port, representatives are to looking to establish additional trade links with their British counterparts.

Jes Lauritzen, Trade Adviser from the Royal Danish Embassy, said: “It was great to visit the Humber ports and see the scale and diversity of the activities taking place, including experiencing how professionally the operations and movements are managed.

“We are always looking for opportunities for Danish companies and I believe with this visit we have taken a first step towards greater cooperation between ABP, Humber Estuary Services and Port of Hanstholm.” 


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