Associated British Ports (ABP) has completed the installation of two new reefer gantries at the Humber Container Terminal at the Port of Hull, increasing the terminal’s capacity by an additional 64 refrigerated containers.
The gantries allow reefers at the terminal to be stacked four high, enabling the terminal to save valuable ground space, thus increasing its storage capacity for other types of containers.
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, this expansion will help support the flow of perishable goods into the UK such as food and medicine, noted a statement from ABP.
The works cost in the region of £500k (US$620k)and were carried out by engineering solutions specialist C Spencer, which subcontracted the fabrication of the steelwork for the gantries to Riley Engineering.
This investment is set to benefit the terminal’s customers, BG Freight Line, I – MOTION Shipping, and SAMSKIP, and will help to reduce the reliance on third party generators.
Simon Bird, director of ABP Humber, said: “ABP has been investing heavily in the container infrastructure on the Port of Hull since 2018. This new facility will add further resource to support our customers, as the UK container market here on the Humber continues to grow.”
The port operator is also working on improving the Humber Container Terminal facilities on the Port of Immingham, with an investment of £33m (US$41m) to modernise equipment and increase container storage space.
Earlier this year the port welcomed six, new electric rubber-tyred gantry (E-RTG) cranes, like those already on the Port of Hull. More equipment is set to arrive by sea later this year.