From September, SCT consolidated all its Grand Alliance Atlantic services, which resulted in six new weekly deep-sea services to the port. On the back of this, SCT earmarked £15m for two new quayside gantry cranes and eight new straddle carriers to increase its capacity to 2m teu. It has also put a fifth transhipment berth into operation, as part of a major expansion programme.
At ABP’s Port of Grimsby & Immingham, total cargo throughput for 2006 reached 57m tonnes, nearly 2m tonnes more than the port’s previous best in 2005. Highlights of the year included the launch of a new container service at ABP Exxtor Terminal, operated by UAB Containerships and calling at Rotterdam, Klaipeda and Liepaja.
At Hull and Goole, volumes were steady, with Hull handling 13.37m tonnes and Goole 2.57m tonnes. Throughput at Hull Container Terminal grew to 261,216 teu from 243,493 teu in 2005. In total, ABP handled 137.1m tonnes of cargo at its UK ports in 2006.