Humber stars shine at ABP Chairman’s Awards

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The team from Hull’s All-Weather Terminal collect their award from ABP Chief Executive James Cooper, Welsh rugby captain Sam Warburton and ABP Chairman Robert Walvis (third, second and first right respectively)(image courtesy of ABP/David Lee Photography)

The team from Hull’s All-Weather Terminal collect their award from ABP Chief Executive James Cooper, Welsh rugby captain Sam Warburton and ABP Chairman Robert Walvis (third, second and first right respectively)(image courtesy of ABP/David Lee Photography)

Staff from ABP’s ports of Hull, Goole, Grimsby and Immingham were honoured by their peers when Humber teams swept the board at the company’s recent Chairman’s Awards.

The annual awards were launched in 2015 and are organised to recognised the efforts of staff in the following areas:

  • Customer Service
  • Health & Safety
  • Sustainability
  • Operations
  • Community Engagement
  • Marine Services
  • Engineering
  • Employee Engagement

Humber projects were shortlisted for seven of the eight categories, going up against sister ports from across ABP’s portfolio. Teams from the Humber took the following categories:

  • The Good Neighbour Award – for educational cruises organised for over 250 children each year in partnership with Hull Children’s University
  • The Employee Engagement Awards – for work ABP staff undertake voluntarily to service the cruise vessels calling into the Port of Hull
  • The Customer Service Award – for the recent takeover of Hull Container Terminal, working in partnership with principal customer Samskip
  • The Operations Award – given to the team at Hull’s All-Weather Terminal for the continuing increase in productivity since 2015

ABP Marine Administration Manager Catherine Jefferson was instrumental in organising the Humber Cruises with Hull Children’s University.

She said: “This event is a wonderful way of bringing many ABP staff to one place to celebrate their achievements together and it really is an enjoyable night.

“It’s fantastic to win an award with my colleagues and I’m very proud to be taking a prize home, but it’s also great to see what’s going on around the group and recognise the efforts of colleagues from across the UK.

ABP Director Humber, Simon Bird was equally delighted.

“I’m enormously proud of my Humber colleagues taking four of the eight awards available, and I’m pleased to say the results are a true reflection of the hard work and dedication displayed by them on a regular basis.

“This is a fantastic night for ABP, where we can all acknowledge group and individual effort and celebrate a highly skilled workforce that makes a huge difference to the communities in which it works and to UK PLC.”

  • 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.


  • Generates around one quarter of the UK’s rail freight
  • Has 1.4 million square metres of covered store
  • Has 1000 hectares of open storage
  • Owns 5000 hectares of port estate
  • Has 87km of quay

Over the next five years, ABP is investing over £650 million in a wide range of major projects across the group.

ABP Humber

The four ports of Grimsby, Immingham, Hull and Goole handle more than 61 million tonnes of cargo between them each year.

Grimsby and Immingham form the UK’s busiest trading gateway and move around 50 million tonnes of cargo per annum.

£130-plus million is currently being invested in the biomass handling terminal in Immingham, in a Humber-wide agreement with Drax Power Ltd that has seen £25 million invested in a biomass handling facility in Hull. The Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal handles sustainable biomass shipments and will create over 100 permanent jobs once complete. The construction phase created 100 employment opportunities.

The Port of Hull handles 10 million tonnes of cargo per annum and is the is the focal point for the development of the UK’s largest offshore wind turbine manufacturing, construction, assembly, and service facility, which will be located on the Port’s Alexandra Dock. This new facility represents a £310 million investment and will create up to 1000 direct jobs.

The Grimsby River Terminal represents an investment of £26 million and allows large car-carrying ships to berth outside the Port’s lock system. This development confirms the Port’s position as the UK’s leading automotive handling facility.

More than the equivalent of 1million teus (twenty foot equivalent unit) of unitised trade is shipped through ABP Humber ports

Goole is situated 50 miles upriver and is the UK’s premier inland port. It handles over one million tonnes of cargo annually.


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