Grimsby expands automotive import terminal

PORT OF GRIMSBY, UK: August 07, 2019. Yorkshire civil engineering company Britcon has won a further contract from Associated British Ports (ABP) to extend storage facilities at its new Grimsby Automotive Terminal.

Grimsby handles 500,000 vehicle imports each year at two dedicated Ro-Ro berths offering pre-delivery inspection and accessory-fitting services. The marine terminal represents a £26 million investment to develop a two-berth facility capable of handling vessels carrying up to 3,000 vehicles.

Britcon recently completed a 10-acre import/export facility on a 100-acre site at the port and will now develop a further 8.4 acres that includes modelling optimisation for the groundworks and drainage based on full storm conditions with winds up to 63 miles-per-hour and offshore waves up to 41 feet.

ABP operates a network of UK 21 ports that support 119,000 jobs and contribute £7.5 billion to the UK (pre-Brexit) economy every year, handling £149 billion of trade.

The 550-acre Grimsby port, one of four ABP ports on the Humber River, services over one million tonnes of cargo each year. As well its role in the UK automotive and offshore wind sectors, the port also handles fresh produce, dry bulks, forest products, steel, minerals and ores as well as agribulk cargoes.

ABP Humber director Simon Bird commented: “This is a fantastic development for the Port of Grimsby and we’re happy to be working with Britcon to drive this project forward. We look forward to being able to offer an extra 8.5 acres to our automotive customers in this new facility.”

Britcon has a 25 history with ABP and recent projects include a £2.1 million bulk store at the ABP King’s Lynn, a £5 million Marine Control Centre in Grimsby, a £2 million design and build project for a new bulk store, process plant and storage facility and a 8,500 £2 million forest projects terminal at Immingham, and a new multi-million-pound Immingham Container Terminal (ICT).