PD Ports Group continue to provide a first-class and award-winning service on the Humber

 The company has a presence across Humberside, with operations and bases at the key ports and inland locations of Howden, Hull, Immingham, Keadby and Scunthorpe.

The PD Ports Group on the Humber, which includes PD Logistics, has an influential presence within the region with operations at the key ports and inland locations. PD Ports operates at Howden, Hull, Immingham, Keadby and Scunthorpe.

PD Ports operates Hull Container Terminal (HCT) within Queen Elizabeth Dock where it provides an outstanding service for its customers with around 250,000 TEU handled by PD Ports annually. PD Ports has also handled a number of high value project cargoes through HCT utilising the highly skilled teams and resources it has to meet the high demands of customers.

In Immingham, PD Ports is one of the main port services providers and the leading general cargo stevedore, specialising in handling all types of cargo being imported from and exported to worldwide destinations. The Port of Immingham can handle a variety of project cargoes and with the knowledge and expertise of PD Ports’ stevedoring team. The growth of the renewable sector alongside traditional flows of cargo will ensure that PD Ports will be able to maintain and grow its influence.

Also based at Immingham is PD Ports’ freight services which provide specialist ships’ agency and forwarding for a wide variety of customers. The operations at Immingham offer a unique service to all customers. By working together with blue chip companies in a collaborative approach ensures all aspects of ports services are provided.

The Port of Keadby is one of the most inland ports in the UK, strategically located more than 50 miles inland from the mouth of the river Humber on the River Trent. Together with the Port of Howden on the River Ouse it forms the mainstay of PD Ports’ short sea port operations within the Humber area. Short sea port operations accommodate river trader vessels up to 3,000 tonnes and handle a variety of cargo including timber, steel and agribulks.

Owned and operated by PD Ports, the Port of Howden has recently signed a 10-year agreement with Helm Fertilizer Great Britain Ltd to operate a blending and bagging facility for its fertiliser imports through the port.

The arrival of Helm at the port will see an initial investment of over £500,000 spent refurbishing one of PD Ports’ existing on site warehouses, covering some 68,000 square feet. With anticipated volumes of over 50,000 tonnes per annum, the Port of Howden will become the central UK hub for Helm who has previously used multiple ports of entry to import fertiliser.

Jerry Hopkinson, PD Ports’ Managing Director, bulks and port services, said: “We are delighted to have signed a long term agreement with Helm, which will provide a huge boost to the volume of traffic through the port. This new partnership also provides an excellent opportunity to expand the range of activities undertaken at the port as well as further secure its long term future and provide additional employment opportunities once fully operational.”

In addition, PD Ports operates an onsite logistics service at Scunthorpe in partnership with Tata Steel for the movement of steel products and handles in excess of 1.5 million tonnes annually. The efficient running of the operation provides Tata Steel with not only a first class service but delivers real cost benefits to what is a major partner within the region. The transport division provides further services, mainly but not exclusively linked to the Tata activity, with the added value of providing integrated supply chain solutions to customers within the Humber region and beyond.

Recent award wins for PD Ports Humber operations

PD Ports recently won three awards at two separate ceremonies on the Humber.

Two awards were picked up at the North Lincolnshire Health and Safety Group Annual Awards for the level of safety achieved at the operations based around the Humber Region. The first award collected by PD Ports was one that recognised companies that had achieved a better accident performance than the average for their industry. A total of 13 companies within the region received this award.

The second award won was the Special Safety award for the organisation that had demonstrated outstanding achievement in Health & Safety improvement. This was the main award of the evening in which PD Ports were up against three other worthy companies for the accolade.

Ed Hodson, head judge for North Lincs Health and Safety Group, said: “All four companies demonstrated what can be achieved through dedication and focus on work health and safety through their initiative, creativity and passion. They have led by example to ensure that staff are an integral part of their businesses and help to ensure that their workers can go home each and every day free from injury, death and disease. PD Ports in winning the award showed their commitment to encouraging worker involvement which has being the key to creating a safety culture change.”

The awards were presented by Peter Clark, Mayor of North Lincolnshire, and Kerry Ross, Chairman of Safety Groups UK, at an awards ceremony dinner held at the Forest Pines Hotel in Brigg on February 28..

At the Goole and Howdenshire Business Excellence Awards held on the same night, the ports and logistics company was named as winner of the Service Sector Business of the Year. Now in their fourth year, the awards aim to recognise and celebrate business excellence in Goole and the surrounding area.

The award was presented to Paul McGrath, PD Ports’ Director and General Manager – Humber, and his team at Howden by the award sponsors, Danuta Tomasz and David Flowitt, Executive Co-Head teachers at The Goole High School Learning Quarter.

Jerry Hopkinson, PD Ports’ Managing Director – Bulks and Port Services, said: “We are delighted to have been given an award for our operations on the Humber. The team at Howden work extremely hard to give the customers the best possible service and this has been recognised by this great local award.”