Port of King's Lynn celebrates new bulk store terminal opening
September 18, 2017
Image Caption: The new Hanse Bulk Terminal at The Port of King's Lynn, Norfolk, United Kingdom on 15-September-2017
An official opening ceremony was held on Friday last week to celebrate the completion of a new bulk store terminal at the Port of King’s Lynn worth £2.2 million. The new terminal, which will provide state-of-the-art facilities to ABP customers is part of an ongoing programme to improve the operational infrastructure at the port.
Named the Hanse Bulk Terminal, reflecting Kings Lynn’s long trading heritage with the Hanseatic League from medieval times, the new facility also contains four bays which were named during the opening ceremony. The first bay, St Edmund’s Bay was named after the local school, which visited the port earlier this year and the second was named True’s Bay after the True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum.
The third bay was given the name Savages Carousel, by St Edmund’s Academy in memory of the famous Savage entrepreneurial family of Kings Lynn. The fourth - Howard’s Bay, was named after a fondly remembered, valued member of the ABP team at King’s Lynn, Michael Howard, who passed away in 2008.
Attending the event were Sir Henry Bellingham, MP for North West Norfolk, Councillor Carol Bower, Mayor of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, Andrew Harston, ABP’s Short Sea Ports Director and Jens Nielsen, ABP’s Commercial Director.
Sir Henry Bellingham, MP for North West Norfolk, said: “Friday was an exceptionally special day for King's Lynn. The very substantial investment by APB in this state of the art bulk terminal is the latest in a programme of new builds and upgrades at Lynn docks over the past 4 years. This really does underline ABP's commitment to both West Norfolk and this wider region as we play our part in boosting Britain's trade.”
This new addition to the port’s infrastructure is part of a £3.3m investment which also includes the purchase of a new crane. The new warehouse at the Port of King’s Lynn will store grain and agribulks, enabling the different cargo areas to be re-organised. With this latest development at the Port of King’s Lynn will further boost increased solar capacity, which will help make port operations more sustainable.
Andrew Harston, Short Sea Ports Director, said: "Constructing new facilities in a way that minimises their impact on the environment is important to us. That is why the new terminal is equipped with solar panels to provide a clean energy generating capacity and the latest generation of energy efficient lighting systems within the facility itself.
“We are honoured to invest in the prosperity of the local community and hope to continue playing a key role in boosting the King’s Lynn economy in the future."