A brand new state-of-the-art warehouse is about to begin construction in Queen Elizabeth Dock.
The 9,500 sq meter building will be built by Hull-based contractor Hobson & Porter for Jenkins Shipping and will be used to handle and store paper and forest products. The warehouse will add to the 133,500 sq meters of covered storage space that already exists at the Port of Hull which is currently dedicated to paper and forest products.
Hobson & Porter Managing Director, Jason Papprill, said:
“Hobson & Porter has been known locally as a builder for many years, but this demonstrates the scale of our growth and our ability to undertake work on a wide range of building types not traditionally associated with the company.”
The warehouse project got underway after Jenkins Shipping signed a five-year agreement with Associated British Ports’ (ABP) Port of Hull for the handling and storage of paper and forest projects. Once work on the warehouse is complete Jenkins Shipping will use the new facility to store and import paper reels manufactured in Sweden by Holmen Paper AB.
Jenkins Shipping Commercial Director, Rob Stewart, said:
“We are very pleased to be entering into this agreement with ABP which expands upon our existing business together. We have a close working relationship with ABP in Hull and we trust them to deliver. Our aim is to provide world-class facilities, service and care to Holmen Paper and to expand the Hull Service to other Jenkins customers.”
ABP Port Director Hull & Goole, Matt Jukes, said:
“We are delighted to have signed this agreement with Jenkins Shipping to make the Port of Hull the main hub for Holmen Paper’s UK business. Our investment in the new warehouse consolidates the Port of Hull’s position as the natural distribution centre for paper and forest products from Scandinavia and the Baltic. To exploit our key location we have the skills require by Jenkins Shipping to provide a seamless service.”
ABP owns and operates 21 ports in England, Scotland and Wales, covering approximately 12,000 acres of land and seabed across the UK. Together with additional transport-related businesses, ABP has a UK-wide network which is capable of handling every conceivable type of cargo and ABP’s other activities include rail terminal operations, dredging and marine consultancy.
In 2011, ABP’s Port of Hull handled 700,000 tonnes of paper and forest products.
For more information about ABP Port of Hull please visit: www.abports.co.uk.