Humber International Terminal: A dry bulk powerhouse



Simon Bird, Director, ABP Humber, Hull, UK


The Port of Immingham sits on the south bank of the Humber Estuary and forms part of the UK’s largest ports complex – and the fourth largest in Europe – which operates on the country’s busiest trading gateway, a channel that sees upwards of 30,000 vessel movements every year.

The Humber is very much a working estuary, a 40-mile long expanse of water with its source at Trent Falls and its mouth opening into the North Sea between Spurn Point in East Yorkshire and Donna Nook on the Lincolnshire coast, with tributaries including the Ouse, Trent and the Hull.

The river joins northern Lincolnshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire in trading success, with the four Humber ports of Hull, Goole, Grimsby and Immingham at its centre. This quartet of state-of-the-art facilities pump US$2.2 billion into the regional economy each year, support 23,000 jobs in the area and the Port of Immingham is the powerhouse and a key driver of ABP’s success on a national level.

Strategic location

Located eight miles from its sister port of Grimsby to the east, itself famous for links to fishing and food and now a well-established base for the burgeoning offshore wind industry, Immingham is the country’s busiest port by tonnage, handling around 50 million tonnes of cargo each year, 20 million tonnes of which is in the form of dry bulks…

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