New Ten-Acre Terminal in Hull

8/30/11 3:21 PM

Associated British Ports’ (ABP) Port of Hull has recently signed a new ten-year agreement with TransAtlantic UK Ltd, which operates up to three sailings a week linking the Humber with Sweden, for a new bespoke ten-acre terminal in Hull.

As a result of the expansion of TransAtlantic’s operations, this new agreement will see ABP invest £3.5m in a state-of-the art 8,500 sq m warehouse in King George Dock. The investment also includes the refurbishment of existing storage capacity and railway sidings and will incorporate humidity controls for the storage of steel coils within the new warehouse.

The services operated by TransAtlantic have been calling at ABP’s Port of Goole since the early 90s and now handle in the region of 400,000 tonnes a year. The move to Hull is to accommodate increasing volumes of trade which will also require the relocation of two mobile harbour cranes.

Matt Jukes, ABP Port Director Hull & Goole, said: “After many successful years of operating at Goole, we are delighted to respond to TransAtlantic’s expansion plans through the investment at King George Dock, which further strengthens Hull’s role in Scandinavian trade.”

Nick Green, Managing Director, TransAtlantic UK Ltd, said: “We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with ABP. This new, modern terminal in Hull gives us operational advantages, which will result in improved service to our clients.”

Mårten Carlquist, Senior Advisor, Rederi AB TransAtlantic, said: “The Hull terminal creates a new platform for development for TransAtlantic. We are looking forward to expanding our business in cooperation with ABP.”

Matt Jukes added: “Although TransAtlantic is leaving Goole, ABP is now actively marketing its former terminal and we are in discussions with a number of companies which see Goole, the UK’s most inland port, as an exciting opportunity for new trade development.”

Neil Berry