ABP invests over £500,000 on new vehicle fleet at Port of Immingham
February 4, 2015
Above: The new fleet of vehicles ready for work on the quayside at the Port of Immingham (image courtesy of ABP/David Lee Photography)
Associated British Ports’ (ABP) Port of Immingham has made an investment of over £500,000 in upgrading its vehicle fleet in order to improve site efficiency.
The new fleet consists of 27 brand new Ford vans and trucks, which will be used to support port maintenance and operations activities. The vehicles are all liveried with the ABP Humber logo.
Immingham lost its original fleet of vehicles when the site flooded during the tidal surge in December 2013. The sudden loss had severe implications on efficiency and the port has since relied on a number of costly hire vehicles to ensure standards were maintained.
This new fleet fulfils various maintenance and operations roles on site, enabling fitters, electricians and other workers to quickly access and maintain port equipment.
ABP took the loss of the original fleet as an opportunity to upgrade and expand its existing fleet and selected Ford as its sole vehicle manufacturer.
Terry Steels, ABP Humber Procurement Manager, explains: “Although satisfactory, our original vehicle fleet consisted of a number of used vehicles from a range of different manufactures. To avoid the complications that often come with second-hand vehicles, we wanted a brand-new, high-quality fleet that was the best fit for the job and decided that this was a prime opportunity to invest.
“In order to streamline everything internally, we were keen to use one manufacturer for the entire fleet. We chose Ford for its reliability and efficiency.”
The new vehicles are already being put to work and the Port of Immingham has noticed immediate improvements and benefits.
Terry added: “We’re delighted with the new fleet and pleased that the transition has now been completed. The new vehicles are much more efficient and will ensure we continue to improve and maintain standards on the Port of Immingham.”