Further details of the proposed £100 million ferry terminal at Immingham have been given.
Stena Line has been secured as a long term tenant by Associated British Ports, with a 50-year partnership agreed at the start of the year. At the heart of the deal is a new three-berth facility, Immingham Eastern Ro-Ro Terminal. It is closing in on submission for a development consent order, required due to the strategic nature and scale of the project.
Ahead of an exhibition next month and supplementary consultation, which reflects refinements made to the scheme this summer following the original statutory consultation, a full run-down of the development has been given. It has been scaled down from an original fourth berth to three, as reported.
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ABP said marine works will consist of an approach jetty from the shore linked to two floating pontoons, with two separate finger piers to provide three berths, upon which stern ramps would rest to discharge. The new berthing pocket requires a capital dredge - to a depth not previously reached in the past decade - with material to be disposed of at sea if no beneficial alternative can be found.
Landside will see demolition and redevelopment of a number of existing buildings, with a new terminal building and small welfare facility for operational and administration staff, lorry drivers and passengers.
A small workshop with fuel station and UK Border Force building are also part of the plans, with improvements to existing cargo storage areas, including resurfacing, new pavements and associated infrastructure.
An internal bridge within the site to cross over Robinson Road and the ABP managed transit sidings, and a second entrance lane at the port’s East Gate, complete the schedule, with impact protection measures and offsite environmental enhancement also envisaged.
Earlier this month, Humber port director Simon Bird expressed his belief that the scheme would inject confidence in a fragile economy.
“ABP has an excellent recent track record in investing in the Humber ports to help unlock economic growth,” he said. “The investment of over £50 million in 2018 and 2019 to upgrade and expand the two container terminals in the ports of Hull and Immingham are a good example of this success. In the brief time since those investments, many new destinations and regular shipping calls to the terminals were added to their work, after the investment helped to establish them as a strong player in the market.
“It is certainly hoped that the 50 year £100 million investment deal between ABP and Stena will produce similar results. The investment, at times of economic uncertainty, helps to grow confidence in the market and strengthen the already strong position the Humber plays in the trade flows of the UK.”
The formal consultation will run from Friday, October 28 to Sunday, November 27, with plans available to view at Immingham Civic Centre on Saturday, November 12 from 10am to 3pm. Port users can view the proposals on Tuesday, November 15 from 1pm to 4pm at Immingham Seafarers Centre. Related documents will also be available to view and download online.
Should the application be successful, a 2025 operational date is eyed, with hundreds of jobs to be created.
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