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Grimsby terminal open for business

[ September 23, 2013   //   ]

Grimbsy open

Associated British Ports (ABP) officially opened its new Grimsby River Terminal on 20 September – although the facility actually handled its first vessel, the MV Ems Highway, on 1 August. GRT is a £26 million investment and can berth two vessels simultaneously, each carrying up to 3000 cars. Part of the UK’s busiest car handling port complex, Grimsby and Immingham, the Port of Grimsby currently handles nearly 400,000 vehicles per year and customers include Volkswagen Group, Toyota, Peugeot Citroen and Suzuki.

ABP chief executive, James Cooper, commented “This terminal, together with the brand new car handling facilities which ABP will shortly open in the Port of Southampton, is testimony to ABP’s strong commitment to serving the UK’s international automotive trade.”

ABP port director Grimsby & Immingham, John Fitzgerald, added “The terminal also shows how ABP is dedicated to building long term relationships with customers and delivering modern facilities that can help drive growth.”

Volkswagen was the first company to import vehicles through the Port of Grimsby almost 40 years ago. Opening the terminal, VW’s Robin Woolcock, said: “I am privileged enough to have seen this project right through from conception to completion and I’m proud to be here to mark the opening of the facility.

“Previously the lock put a limit on the number of cars we could bring into the port, so we’re extremely grateful to ABP for investing and securing the future of the Volkswagen Group at Grimsby.”