Associated British Ports (ABP) has announced that a new service for its Hull Container Terminal has been agreed offering deep-sea connections to the rest of the world for the first time in the port’s history.

The agreement between ABP and Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping line, will open an important new trading link to the Far East and beyond. The arrival of weekly feeder vessels will see ABP handle around 240 boxes per week, equivalent to 12,000 containers per year.

ABP Humber Director Simon Bird stressed the importance of the deal for not just the national but also the international economy.

“We believe that the Humber Container Terminals — Hull and Immingham — are now the premier container destinations in the North of England, offering an unrivalled service,” he went on. “We have recently invested £50 million into these terminals including our two £10.5 million gantry cranes at the Hull Container Terminal.”

The recent investment means that the Hull Container Terminal can now handle double its container capacity, some 240,000 containers per year, Mr Bird explained.

The port has gone from five sailings to a maximum of 16 sailings per week and recently opened up connections to Ghent, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

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.

Last reviewed 10 January 2019