In 1962, the British Transport Docks Board, a corporate body, was created by Parliament. In 1982, the Board was reconstituted as Associated British Ports, and ABP Holdings PLC (ABPH)was incorporated and floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1983. In 2006, a consortium of investors, ABP Acquisitions (UK) Limited acquired ABPH, and it was de-listed from the stock exchange. ABP Acquisitions is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ABP Jersey Limited. Today, Associated British Ports (ABP) owns and operates 21 United Kingdom ports, including the Port of Immingham, and handles about one-fourth of the country's maritime trade.
The Port of Immingham is home to the biggest deep-sea docks in England. In terms of tonnage, the Port of Immingham is one of the largest ports in the United Kingdom. Together with its sister Port of Grimsby, the Port of Immingham handled a total of 57 million tons in 2006. The large port and industrial complex is an important point for the import of coal into Britain.
Cargoes passing through the Port of Immingham include containers, fresh and frozen fish, liquid bulk (primarily oil and gas), solid bulk cargoes. The Port of Immingham is the largest dry bulk port in the United Kingdom, handling cargoes like steel, coal, petroleum coke, ferrous alloys, ilimenite, titanium slag, pig iron, and pyrites at its in-dock and deep-water riverside facilities. The Port of Immingham imports large volumes of animal feed and agribulk, and it is building a dedicated agribulks storage facility to keep pace with increasing imports and provide transit storage for exports. The fastest-growing imports in the Port of Immingham are biomass fuels derived from wood, palm, olives, and sunflowers.
The Port of Immingham is the United Kingdom's port of entry for many forest products companies that import timber from Scandinavia and the Baltic states. The Port of Immingham contains several timber-terminal operators that offer open and covered storage, timber treatment, and specialist handling equipment.
The Port of Immingham handles many sailings of roll-on/roll-off cargo with Northern Europe and Scandinavia each week. In 2006, ABP expanded its roll-on/roll-off facilities in the Port of Immingham Outer Harbor's DFDS Nordic Terminal Riverside. The 21-hectare ro-ro terminal has three berths and is the nearest ro-ro terminal on the River Humber to North Sea trade routes. The facilities can handle as many as eight vessels at the same time. Vehicle imports and exports represent a steadily-increasing cargo volume.
The Port of Immingham is one of England's fastest-growing ports. It's the busiest ferry port on the East Coast, handling dry and tank containers and large quantities of fish. It's England's biggest dry bulk port, handling cargoes like coal, coke, slag, ferrous alloys, pig iron, animal feed, and agri-bulk.
It offers almost five acres of warehouse and a new electronic terminal management system. The Port of Immingham's bagging and distribution facility has 2.2 hectares for handling horticultural and retail goods. The port is also home to several major timber terminals offering extensive open and covered areas for storage, timber treatment, and cargo-handling. The Port of Immingham handles increasing amounts fruit and vegetable imports from the Mediterranean and frozen fish. The Port of Immingham offers general quayside warehousing space and a wide range of covered storage facilities.
A major hub for the oil and petrochemical industries, the Port of Immingham boasts about one-fifth of the country's oil-refining capacity and four specialized liquid bulk terminals, including Simon Storage with a capacity of more than 260 storage tanks. The quay at the Immingham Oil Terminal is 366 meters long and 13.1 meters deep and can handle vessels up to 290 thousand DWT. Handling oils and spirits for local refineries, this Port of Immingham terminal is leased to Humber Oil Terminals Trustee Limited.
Opened in 2000, the Port of Immingham's Humber International Terminal 1 has a 300-meter long deep-water berth with alongside depths from 12.9 to 14.2 meters, and it can handle vessels up to 200 thousand DWT. It provides 10 thousand square meters of general purpose warehousing, extensive open storage, and additional warehousing near the port estate. This Port of Immingham terminal has capacity to discharge cargoes at a rate of 700 tons per hour.
The Port of Immingham's Humber International Terminal 2 opened in 2006. It is a dedicated facility specializing in discharging bulk cargoes, and it has capacity to handle more than nine million tons per year. Humber International Terminal 2 represented ABP's largest investment in a single port terminal. The extended terminal has a total berth length of 520 meters and is equipped with dust-suppression systems and fully-enclosed conveyors. The two international terminals handled more than 10 million tons of cargo in 2007, including solid fuels for power generators, animal feeds, ilmenite, and many other cargoes.
Handling iron ore and coal, Immingham's Bulk Terminal is 303 meters long with alongside depth of 14 meters, and it can handle vessels up to 200 thousand DWT. The Bulk Park offers 20 thousand square meters of high-quality warehousing. The terminal is leased by Corus, and cargoes are destined for its Scunthorpe works. ABP's Port of Immingham Bulk Terminal offers value-added services that include bagging and blending and support for independent importers of agribulk products from worldwide sources. The Port of Immingham is currently refurbishing four warehouses and building a new dry-bulk storage facility that will add more than 9.6 thousand square meters of bulk storage capacity.
The Port of Immingham Gas Jetty is 280 meters long with a depth of 11 meters and capacity to handle vessels of 50 thousand DWT. The Gas Jetty handles mostly butane and propane, and cargoes are stored in an underground storage cavern for use by Calor Gas and Conoco Phillips.
Handling oils, spirits, and liquid chemicals, the Eastern and Western Jetties in the Port of Immingham are 213 meters long with alongside depth of 10.4 meters and can accommodate vessels to 50 thousand DWT. The jetties are equipped with store-based tanks for storage.
The Port of Immingham's Enclosed Dock is 198 meters long and 10.36 meters deep and can handle vessels up to 38 thousand DWT. The Port of Immingham Outer Harbor quay is 240 meters long with alongside depth of 11 meters, and it can accommodate vessels to 18.5 thousand DWT.