Container port investment allows increase in Hull-to-Amsterdam sailings

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There are to be three more sailings every week between Hull and Amsterdam from the middle of this month, capitalising on significant investment in the Humber Container Terminals over the last year.

The additional Amsterdam to Hull services will bring an extra 30,000 containers per year through the Port of Hull – the third largest short sea container port on the east coast.
It will complement the existing connection of five sailings per week and will take effect from mid-March departing on Mondays, Wednesday and Saturdays.

ABP Humber Director Simon Bird said: “The fact that Samskip has chosen Hull to expand their service is a testament to our expert operations, ongoing investment in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, and our commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service.

“We’re delighted to support Samskip’s new service between Hull and Amsterdam. Our multi-user container terminals in Hull and Immingham are ready to facilitate further expansion in container services linking the UK and the Continent. We look forward to continuing to welcome new partners in the future to cement the Humber’s key role in providing resilient and efficient transport solutions for UK-EU trade.”

Container business on the Humber is booming with an increase of 23% in the last year. It offers an attractive location on the North Bank of the Humber Estuary – just 20 miles from the North Sea.

ABP has committed to investing £50m on its Humber container terminals and as part of that in February 2018, The Port of Hull welcomed two ship-to-shore £10.5m cranes. This will enable it to handle double the capacity of containers – some 400,000 per year.
These state-of-the-art cranes will become fully operational by the beginning of April to further capacity for the wider market.

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.