ABP invests in Grimsby control centre

ABP has confirmed it will invest £5m in a purpose-built Marine Control Centre at the Port of Grimsby.

The new centre will be located between Royal Dock and Fish Dock at the north end of the port estate in Grimsby.

Simon Bird, ABP director humber, said: “The Spurn Peninsula is now as low-lying and unprotected as at any time in living memory and maintaining road access has been difficult.”

“In addition to this, the regeneration of Grimsby as a major port means it requires an additional level of marine oversight and control,” he added.

It will be arranged over four floors and will replace the existing Vessel Traffic Services centre at Spurn Point.

“As the Statutory Harbour Authority for the Estuary and for the ports of Immingham, Grimsby, Hull and Goole we have a responsibility to manage marine operations to the standards set by the Port Marine Safety Code so all users can navigate the river safely,” Mr Bird continued.

He continued: “It makes sense to combine these functions under one roof in a new purpose-built Humber Marine Control Centre.”

The project will also incorporate a number of environmental measures, including rain water recycling, motion sensors on LED lighting and solar panels and ground heat exchangers.

A new VTS training centre will also be established at the port so ABP can provide initial and refresher training to internationally recognised standards for staff from across the group and, potentially, to the wider marine community.

Phil Cowing, ABP head of marine humber, said: “Grimsby has become an increasingly important hub for offshore wind support and is a crucial link in the automotive supply chain and as such now requires its own marine control function.”

He concluded: “A plot was identified that was capable of housing a combined control centre with good access, services and resilience, while affording VTS Humber views over the mouth of the Estuary. It’s appropriate that this new facility is sited close to the entrance of what is the UK’s busiest trading gateway.”

Building work is expected to commence in late spring or early summer and will continue for approximately 15 months.

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