The handling of dry bulks is one of the mainstays of the ports industry. More than 50 million tonnes of dry bulk cargoes are handled by ABP's ports each year including agribulks, animal feed, coal, cement, limestone, aggregates, powedered chemicals, and ball clay, among others. Again, this is an area where ABP is directly operating facilities to handle these cargoes as well as offering a diverse range of specialist companies with dedicated facilities located within most of the 19 ABP ports accommodating dry bulks.
The flagship facility within ABP's control is the Humber International Terminal (HIT) at the Port of Immingham, which is probably the largest investment by a UK port operator in the last ten years for handling bulk cargoes. At HIT 1 & 2, cargoes of 100,000 tonnes can be discharged and stored in dedicated compounds.
The importance of supporting road and rail infrastructure to ports handling bulk cargoes is key in the efficient port-to-door transport solution, and no other location exemplifies the importance of such infrastructure as at Immingham, where there are more than 250 train movements a week handling, in particular, coal imports for key power generators.
Eighteen ABP ports are rail connected, and combined they generate nearly 100 freight train movements each day.
ABP's ports cover an area of nearly 10,000 acres and, therefore, within the range of ports there is a mix of open and covered storage for dry bulk cargoes and land opportunities to meet the expansion of the dry bulks sector as a result of the development of green energy cargoes. Biomass cargoes including woodchips, wood pellets, and agribulks are sourced in large volumes to meet the energy providers' goals in carbon reduction.
At key locations such as Hull, Immingham, Southampton, Newport, and Port Talbot major projects are under development which require substantial areas of land for the storage of biomass cargoes for the purpose of green energy generation within the port estate or for power generation schemes outside the boundary of the ports themselves.