Port of Immingham behind-the-scenes tour inspires the public

July 31, 2018

Left: Visitors to the Port of Immingham cheered from the quayside as Svitzer tugs gave them the water cannon salute.

This weekend, the Port of Immingham opened its gates to allow the public to have a very rare glimpse at what goes on behind the scenes of the UK’s largest port.

The blustery weather didn’t put off more than 500 people attending the site across the weekend and fantastic feedback was given to ABP colleagues who volunteered across both days.

Guests were welcomed to the Civic Centre in Immingham where they received a warm welcome from Port Manager for Grimsby and Immingham, Mark Frith. Mark gave the group some background information on the port, its cargoes and its size before the groups were split up onto coaches, armed with goody bags and ready for their tour.

With special site visits having been organised for the coaches, the guests were treated to a special look inside ABP’s world-class facilities and were able to find out a little more about the inner workings of the port operations.

The tour allowed guests to exit the coaches at a site which had been specifically cordoned off near to the quayside. Svitzer tugs gave a traditional salute to the visitors as they showed off their firefighting prowess by blasting out water through their high-pressure hoses.

Cranes and grabs were set to work, scooping up dock water and splashing it back into the quay, much to the amusement of the younger audiences who cheered throughout the displays.

After an hour-and-a-half trip along the many miles of port road, the ABP tour guides received a well-earnt round of applause and were inundated with questions about the port.

Mark Frith, Port Manager for Grimsby and Immingham said: “This is the first open weekend we’ve hosted in a long time at the port and the feedback we’ve received from the public has been phenomenal.”

He continued: “The open days were predominantly hosted via a controlled bus tour which enabled our visitors to see the whole of the port estate, which meant that those who had worked on the port in the 60s and 70s who attended were able to reminisce and find out about how the port has transformed. It was great to give people the opportunity to find out about ABP’s past, present and future in such an engaging way.”

Attendees were also able to come along to a careers stand which had been set up at the Civic Centre, where ABP employees from the Human Resources department were able to explain about the many different roles and opportunities that were on offer with the company.

Throughout the successful event, the most common question asked by the public was: “When can we come again?”