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TransAtlantic moves to Hull

[ August 30, 2011   //   ]

TransAtlantic UK is switching its British terminal for its three-times a week Swedish sailings from ABP Goole to ABP Hull following the signing of a new ten-year agreement for a new bespoke ten-acre terminal. Under the deal, ABP will invest £3.5m in a 8,500 sq m warehouse in King George Dock and will also refurbish existing storage capacity and railway sidings. The new warehouse will feature humidity controls for the storage of steel coils. Two mobile harbour cranes will also be relocated.

TransAtlantic has been calling at Goole since the early 1990s – originally as Pal Line – and with traffic now at around 400,000 tonnes a year, the move to Hull will accommodate increasing volumes of trade. From the UK, TranAtlantic’s Trans Pal Line service calls at the Swedish ports of Västerås, Oxelösund, Norrköping and Åhus, along with Amsterdam. It also operates services within the Baltic as well as roll-on/roll-off side port shipping operations across the Atlantic and along the US east coast.

ABP port director Hull & Goole Matt Jukes, said: “After many successful years of operating at Goole, we are delighted to respond to TransAtlantic’s expansion plans through the investment at King George Dock, which further strengthens Hull’s role in Scandinavian trade.”

Managing director of TransAtlantic UK, Nick Green, said that the new, modern terminal in Hull would result in improved service to clients.

Matt Jukes added: “Although TransAtlantic is leaving Goole, ABP is now actively marketing its former terminal and we are in discussions with a number of companies which see Goole, the UK’s most inland port, as an exciting opportunity for new trade development.”

L-R: Matt Jukes, ABP Port Director Hull & Goole; and Nick Green, Managing Director TransAtlantic UK Ltd, at the construction site of the new terminal area for TransAtlantic UK Ltd in King George Dock