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Green light for new Grimsby car terminal

[ November 30, 2011   //   ]

ABP said on 28 November that the development of Grimsby River Terminal (GRT) would go ahead – the largest  ever capital investment in the port – alongside a new long-term agreement with Volkswagen Group. ABP will invest over £25 million in the new terminal on the river Humber, offering significantly improved access for specialist car-carrying ships. These currently berth in Grimsby’s Alexandra Dock accessed through the port’s original Royal Lock, built in 1852 which limits ship size to a maximum of 800 cars. The GRT will, by contrast, offer lock-free access for two vessels carrying up to 3,000 vehicles and will link directly  into car storage facilities.

Robin Slough, head of vehicle operations at VW Group said: “Grimsby is at the centre of our UK logistics strategy. Its excellent links enable efficient distribution to our customers in most of England and Wales. We are delighted to support ABP’s expansion project by committing our traffic to the Port of Grimsby for the long term.”

Work will commence early in 2012, with the first ships expected to berth at the new facility in autumn 2013.