ABP invests £4m at Newport – Insider Media

ABP invests GBP4m at Newport

Associated British Ports (ABP) has invested nearly GBP4m in new equipment to enhance operations at the Port of Newport. As the UK continues to come to terms with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the most recent investments are in a new Liebherr mobile crane and a Sany 32 tonnes heavy duty forklift truck, which represent a combined investment of GBP2.3m. The truck will assist in the handling of large volumes of steel coils and slabs at Newport.

With 32 tonnes of lifting capacity, the machine will allow ABP’s team to load heavier cargo in a single lift. It follows last year’s investment in a GBP1.4m new material handler, which was commissioned in November 2019. ABP’s Port of Newport handles a range of cargoes for its customers, including steel, forest products, and bulk materials for the agricultural sector.

Newport is the principle port for Tata Steel’s exports from South Wales and already in 2020 has handled 700 thousand tonnes of export products. Andrew Harston, regional director for ABP Wales & Short Sea Ports, said: “Our continued investment in ABP’s business in Wales shows our commitment to the regional economy, local jobs and serving our customers. “The Port of Newport sits within ABP’s Wales & Short Sea Port region and is one of 21 ABP ports spread across the UK, which have continued to operate safely throughout the pandemic to keep the economy moving.”

Steven Harrison, port manager at Newport, said: “I am proud of our colleagues, who, as key workers, have continued to do a great job working safely and following appropriate measures throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to keep the economy moving.

“This latest investment will continue to support and protect jobs and help us in delivering the best possible service to our customers.”

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