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Friday, 29 May 2015

ABP unveils twin CSU as part of £15m Immingham investment

UK operator Associated British Ports (ABP) has unveiled two Continuous Ship Unloaders (CSU) at the Port of Immingham as part of its £15 million investment programme for the site in the North of England.

The twin CSU replace traditional cranes with vacuum-driven machinery to discharge loads up to 50,000 tonnes and are part of a wider £130 million investment to create the Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal.

“The continuous ship unloaders are bespoke to this facility, they are designed around the rise and fall of the tide here on the Humber, the parameters of the berth and the discharge rate we require,” said Martin Philpott, general manager of  ABP’s Humber International Terminal and Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal said in comments to the Grimsby Telegraph.

As the  UK’s largest port by by tonnage, the Port of Immingham handles up to 55 million tonnes, including nearly 20 million tonnes of oil and 10 million tonnes of coal per year. It also offers an extensive range of roro and lolo freight services to Northern Europe, Scandinavia, and the Baltic.

The new CSU now discharge three times faster than cranes and can handle 2,300 tonne per hour and primarily serve the nearby Drax biomass power plant making it the world’s largest biomass import facility,.

“Phase one is running now. We have put one million tonnes through here so far. We are just building the second phase, which will complete at the back end of this year. The whole time we have been building it we have been discharging vessels, which is a great achievement by the team,” Philpott added.

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