Shipping Minister Nusrat Ghani chose Hull for her first visit to a port yesterday (Thursday, February 22), where she saw the importance of the Humber ports to the whole UK economy.
The Minister visited the Green Port Hull – a £310 million joint investment between the Associated British Ports (ABP) and Siemens – and two brand new cranes worth £10.5 million which will help the port increase its speed and capacity.
This is part of ABP’s £50 million investment to more than double its capacity of its two container terminals at Immingham and Hull to 550,000 units a year.
The Humber ports already handle £75 billion worth of goods every year, supporting 23,000 jobs through the supply chain and contractors.
Shipping Minister Nusrat Ghani said: “Humber ports are a crucial part of the UK’s economy, bringing in vital goods to stock shelves and fill our cupboards at home.
“It’s great to see the Port of Hull investing heavily in expanding and diversifying its business, providing local jobs, but also showing how the maritime sector will continue to flourish post Brexit.
“It was also a real privilege to meet some of the port’s apprentices, who are enjoying the diverse opportunities to have an exciting career in our world-leading maritime industry.”
The UK maritime sector is a key player in our international trade, with around 95% of imports and exports travelling through ports, including almost half of our food and at least a quarter of our energy.
Since becoming Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani has doubled funding for officer cadet training which will see £30 million of funding help train 1,200 cadets a year and set out plans for Maritime 2050 – a long term vision for the sector.