Investment by ABP is streamlining the import of grain, with Viterra being amongst the first to use two metal plate bunds installed at Immingham.
The bunds can be set up on any quay on any surface, and can also be sanitised between vessel discharges meaning grain for human consumption can be handled. Operations are using the new Liebherr 420 mobile harbour cranes, which means faster and more time efficient handling.
Simon Bird, Regional Director of the Humber ports said: “This is a cost-effective method of ensuring we can load on to any quay in inner dock. It’s a developed and proven capability for operations to receive and load human consumption grains, which is part of our key competitiveness.
“ABP is keen to support our customers and we’re delighted that one of the first to use the new grain handling facility is Viterra, one of the UK’s leading grain marketers. The Humber is a key player in the market and our continued investment into infrastructure and equipment maintains our agility and resilience.”
Globally, Viterra is a world leading agriculture network, active in 37 countries worldwide, marketing more than 100 million metric tonnes of agricultural commodities per year. The company renewed its relationship with ABP Humber in April 2022 with the opening of a new 35,000 mt storage facility located on the ABP Humber International Terminal. This is complemented by additional storage within ABP’s Bulk Park facility located within the Port of Immingham.
Viterra UK MD James Maw said: “These combined investments provide the necessary storage for Viterra’s expanding import & export business, serving farmers and processors throughout Central and Eastern England,”
“The Panamax berth capability, combined with the excellent road network around Immingham will further add to the range and quality of services that Viterra provides to its customers.”