Associated British Ports (ABP) has announced that it is investing £1M to further improve the UK’s largest agribulk terminal at the Port of Immingham.
Immingham Bulk Park, which spans an area of more than 1.5M sq ft, already has the capacity to handle 1 Mtpa, and is home to Thomas Bell & Sons Ltd, a long-standing ABP customer. The port operator said the facility provides a vital service to farmers across the Midlands and North of England, keeping them supplied with fertilisers and animal feeds.
Thomas Bell & Sons recently signed a new five-year agreement with ABP, which will guarantee an additional 80,000t of fertiliser being brought through the port each year.
ABP’s new investment will be used to build a fourth bagging plant for its client, and to purchase new equipment for the expanded facility, including loading shovels and forklift trucks.
The new facility is expected to be complete and operational in January 2019, and ABP said it anticipates the need to recruit additional employees to help support this expansion.
Simon Bird, regional director for ABP Humber, said: “At ABP, we strive to exceed our customer’s expectations. This development is another example of how we invest and shape our operations to support the growth of valued customers, like Thomas Bell.”
In 2016, ABP and Thomas Bell & Sons jointly invested £0.5M to build a bespoke blending facility at the Immingham Bulk Park. With national reach, this now enables the farming community to request specific blends of fertiliser, bespoke to their requirements.
Andrew Major, managing director of Thomas Bell & Sons, said: “We have been working with ABP Bulk Park for over 20 years, and, in the past two years, both parties have made significant investments to support our brand, Diamond Fertilisers, and increase the range of products and services we offer our customers.
“The infrastructure at ABP in Immingham, including the location, storage facilities, ability to discharge cargoes up to 25,000t, and our blending production plant, has all contributed and strengthened our position in the marketplace.”
ABP will soon begin recruiting for roles at the new facility via its online career page.
Pictured: Matt Dawson, director of Thomas Bell & Sons, congratulates ABP operations manager Craig Stephen on the purchase of the first new forklift truck for the site