ABP invests £2.2m in the Port of Garston’s future

Associations, Construction, News, Ports & Terminals — By on July 28, 2015 at 1:14 PM
Construction is underway on a £2.2 million new bulk terminal at the Port of Garston

Construction is underway on a £2.2 million new bulk terminal at the Port of Garston

Associated British Ports (ABP) is investing in the Port of Garston’s future with the construction of a state-of-the-art £2.2 million bulk terminal providing the port opportunity to grow its operations.

With the port’s current stores at capacity, the construction of the new facility will provide an additional 3, 950 square metres worth of storage for bulk commodities such as wheat, rice, fertiliser and organic feed.

Designed to minimise its impact on the environment, the terminal also has solar panels to provide a clean energy generating capacity of 200kw. The solar array is linked to the network powering the port estate, providing sustainable energy for customers and cutting the port’s carbon footprint.

Andrew Harston, ABP Director Short Sea Ports, said: “Our investment at Garston is yet another example of ABP’s ongoing strategy to add state-of-the-art bulk stores across our ports in order to better serve our customers. ABP has built new stores in Ayr, Ipswich and now Garston and Teignmouth.”

“We are investing £6 million to provide additional facilities to our short sea customers by the end of 2015, and it re-affirms our commitment to keep Britain trading.”

The warehouse is being constructed by 3b Construction Ltd and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

About ABP North West

With the support of its customers, ABP’s North West ports of Silloth, Barrow, Fleetwood and Garston contribute £510 million to the UK economy every year and support 5, 497 jobs in the region and 7, 500 jobs nationally.

  • ·       ABPs ports in the North West handle 180, 000 tonnes of grain each year
  • ·       Garston and Silloth Ports handle close to 800, 000 tonnes of cargo each year
  • ·       Barrow is home to BAE Systems submarine manufacturing base.
  • ·       Fleetwood marina offers 420 fully serviced berths and first class facilities.

About ABP

ABP is the UK’s leading ports operator with 21 ports and other transport related businesses creating a unique national network capable of handling a vast array of cargo.

ABP contributes £5.6 billion to the UK economy every year and supports 84, 000 jobs. Our current investment programme promises to deliver an extra £1.75 billion for the economy every year.

ABP…

  • ·       Handles over 1.5 million vehicles every year
  • ·       Generates around one quarter of the UK’s rail freight
  • ·       Has 1.4 million square metres of covered storage
  • ·       Has 1, 000 hectares of open storage
  • ·       Handles around 100m tonnes of cargo each year
  • ·       Owns 5, 000 hectares of port estate
  • ·       Has 87km of quay

Our five year investment programme is worth £837 million. Our investment is designed to respond to the needs of our customers whose business relies on our ports for access to international and, in some cases, domestic markets.

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