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IMMINGHAM OUTER HARBOUR GIVEN THE GO-AHEAD

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Shipping minister David Jamieson has given the go-ahead to proposals ...
Shipping minister David Jamieson has given the go-ahead to proposals

by Associated British Ports (ABP) to build a new five berth, enclosed

outer harbour at the port of Immingham.

Mr Jamieson said:

'The port expansion at Immingham will make an important contribution

to the economy of the region and of the UK. There is increasing

national demand for additional roll-on, roll-off port capacity. This

scheme will help to meet this demand in a way that is compatible with

Government policies on sustainable development.

'I am pleased that the promoters have been able to agree with

environmental organisations a package of measures aimed at mitigating

the likely impacts of the development on existing and potential

conservation sites of European and international significance.

'This decision underlines the importance the government attaches to

meeting social and economic development needs while at the same time

respecting the environment.'

The new berths will accommodate a new generation of super-ferries

increasingly used on European routes, thus re-inforcing Immingham's

regional and national importance as a port serving ro-ro trade

amongst its variety of other business.

Notes

1. The proposed scheme is described in the Associated British Ports

(Immingham Outer Harbour) Harbour Revision Order. The outer harbour

will involve reclamation and dredging of some 22 hectares to provide

five new berths with associated protective works to accommodate

modern, large super-ferries. Immingham, with nearby Grimsby, is

already the UK's top port in terms of throughput of freight tonnes.

2. The scheme is accompanied by a Compensation, Mitigation and

Monitoring Agreement agreed between ABP, English Nature, the

Environment Agency, the RPSB and local wildlife trusts, involving the

creation of new bird and wildlife habitat areas in the Humber

estuary. Ministers have concluded that this agreement, which provides

for the provision of new habitats of an area significantly greater

than that to be lost, enables them to authorise the development as

meeting the requirements of European birds and habitats legislation.

3. The development is compatible with government transport and

planning policies and makes good use of Immingham's road and rail

connections. It will provide much needed employment and benefits to

business in the local area and beyond. It will also assist the

northern Regional Development Agencies' Northern Way regeneration

initiative.

4. No public inquiry was held into the proposals as all statutory

objectors withdrew their original objections after reaching agreement

with the promoters on the environmental compensation measures.

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