ABP to invest £32m in port equipment for Humber Ports

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Associated British Ports (ABP) has announced a £32 million investment in port equipment for Humber Ports to better meet growing customer demand.

As part of the five-year strategy, new cranes will be purchased and existing cranes at the ports will be refurbished.

Funding will also be used to purchase landside equipment.

As part of the current strategy, ABP will split the investment between mobile harbor cranes and hydraulic cranes.

A Mantsinen 300M, considered the largest hydraulic crane in the world, is due to be installed at Immingham Port by the end of the month.

Together with various other attachments, the Mantsinen 300m Hybrilift Hydraulic Crane is valued at around £3million.

Humber Ports Regional Manager Simon Bird said: “Our strategy is to ensure we have a versatile mix of cranes and freight and can provide additional capacity to meet growing freight volumes.”

Older infrastructure will be replaced with factory and incoming machinery, while equipment being refurbished will include Butterley cranes, which were built at the ports of Immingham and Hull in the 1990s.

After discussions with the port community, ABP will also invest in more mobile harbor cranes and handlers, as well as reach stackers and forklifts.

The strategy also covers bulk, general cargo and project cargo to ensure coverage of unloading and delivery operations.

ABP will also invest £16m of maintenance capital expenditure in the cargo handling landslides within Immingham Container Terminal (ICT) and Hull Container Terminal (HCT), as well as in the storage of spare parts.

In January ABP struck a £100m deal with Stena Line to build a new freight terminal at the Port of Immingham.

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