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All change at ABP

[ September 27, 2013   //   ]

Associated British Ports (ABP) is reorganising its Humber ports to bring its operational and commercial teams under one umbrella. Currently separated into two directorates covering Hull and Goole on the north bank of the river and Grimsby and Immingham on the south, ABP will create a new single organisation to manage all four of its Humber ports.

The move is a response to increasing demand from customers and better aligns ABP with other organisations working to champion the region as a centre for trade and new renewable energy, such as the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership.

The new organisation will be led by John Fitzgerald, currently ABP port director Grimsby & Immingham while Matt Jukes, currently ABP port director Hull & Goole, will be leaving ABP.

Meanwhile, in Southampton, port director Doug Morrison is retiring and will be succeeded by Nick Ridehalgh, currently ABP port director short sea ports, from December.

ABP chief executive, James Cooper said: “John Fitzgerald has many years of experience in the ports industry and has successfully led Grimsby & Immingham, the UK’s largest port complex, for six years. He is passionate about serving our customers and a strong champion of the Humber region.

“Nick Ridehalgh has demonstrated outstanding leadership of our Short Sea Ports business and will ensure that the Port of Southampton continues to be one of the UK’s leading international gateways.”

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