Major port contract win for Scunthorpe's Specialist Surfacing

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 30 Jan 2017

A SCUNTHORPE firm has won a major contract to keep the four Humber ports moving.

Specialist Surfacing, part of Britcon-owning Hunt Group, has been appointed sole contractor for road maintenance at Associated British Ports.

The multi-million pound contract covers Grimsby, Immingham, Hull and Goole, where more than 65 million tonnes of cargo are handled, arriving and leaving by road and rail. 

Specialist Surfacing has maintained a long-standing working relationship with ABP, with a 25-year history in managing its surfacing requirements.  

Indeed, ABP was the first client for managing director Scott Morse when he joined the business as an apprentice. 

He said: “ABP remains one of our largest clients for which we have become a reliable partner in maintaining its busy network of roads and surfaces.  We are delighted to secure this exclusive contract and it is especially pleasing to know that our continued investment in the best possible fleet, and people, continues to drive contracts of this calibre and complexity.”

The Humber holds expertise in a broad range of cargoes, including energy, vehicles, roll-on roll-off, containers, bulks, liquid bulks and forest products. 

The contract awarded to Specialist Surfacing includes ‘responsive maintenance’ for all public and private highways in all four ports. It also includes repairs to all pedestrian zones including footpaths and car parks as well as operational areas such as fertilizer sheds, storage facilities and ‘high stress’ areas where the surface must withstand excessive weight.

In addition, Specialist Surfacing provides critical communications support to ABP where the team is required to put in place traffic management and reporting plans to ensure continuity during works. 

An emergency response service also ensures that damage, such as potholes, are repaired within 24 hours.

The company, which employs 65 people from the Midland Road base, turned over £17 million last year, and has extensive experience in the ports industry with other key clients including DFDS Seaways, CRO Ports and VAG Ports.

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