Major new port deal will see 30,000 more containers enter and leave Hull every year
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 23 May 2018
A brand new port service between Hull and Belgium will see 30,000 more containers enter and leave the city every year.
The deal, which will comprise of three sailings a week between the ports of Hull and Ghent, comes on the back of significant investment in the Humber Container Terminals.
The service – established by I-Motion Shipping - will run from May 28, bringing cargo into Hull on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Simon Bird, ABP Humber Ports Director, said: “Today’s announcement is a further vote of confidence in our Humber Ports.
“In 2017 ABP took the decision to invest £50 million in our container terminals in the Humber which influenced I-Motion’s decision to come to Hull Container Terminal.
“This new business arrives on the back of the new additional sailings between Amsterdam and Hull that was announced earlier in the year.”
The Port of Hull is the third largest short sea container port on the east coast.
Container business on the Humber is booming, with an increase of 23% in the last year.
In April, The Port of Hull welcomed two ship-to-shore £10.5 million cranes. This enabled the terminal to handle double the capacity of containers – some 400,000 per year.
Christopher Vause, ABP Humber Commercial Manager, said: “I-Motion’s new container service demonstrates there is a clear market demand for more short sea connectivity from Belgium to Hull and our recent investments ensure we are well positioned to deal with this growing demand.”
The 100 metre MV Cartagena will be the first to call at the Port of Hull.
ABP’s four ports on the Humber (Grimsby, Goole, Immingham and Hull) handle around 17% of all of the UK’s seaborne trade.
Every year the ports handle £75 billion worth of trade, more than the Mersey, Tyne and Tees combined.
Filip Slock, Managing Director of I-MOTION Shipping, said: “We are supporting our intermodal customers by ensuring they’re primarily located to suitable markets. Interface Terminal Ghent offers a unique and streamlined service to ensure cargo flows efficiently.”
For all customer enquiries regarding the container terminal, you can email commercial manager Chris Vause on CVause@abports.co.uk, or call 07740041607 and 01472 246202.
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