The results of this work will form the basis of the EA s shoreline-management plan. As well-established experts on the estuary, we are delighted to be working on this project for the Environment Agency. Over the last 50 years, ABP Research has done a large amount of work on the Humber, dealing with the physical processes operating in the estuary as well as the geomorphological evolution of the estuary itself.
A sound understanding of the Humber s physical properties is of vital importance in developing a strategy for reducing the risk of flooding to people and property in a sustainable manner. Since becoming operational in June 2000, HIT has handled some 2,750,000 tonnes of cargo. New customers attracted to the facility during the year include TXU and Edison Mission Energy. These companies, along with Enron Coal Services Limited, import coal through HIT for use by power-generating stations located in the Trent and Aire valleys.
The multi-purpose nature and flexibility of HIT is illustrated by the handling of pulp, steel, and other break-bulk cargoes. The success of HIT was an important factor in the Port of Grimsby & Immingham s achievement of having handled over 50 million tonnes of cargo in 2000 for the first time. The former Department for Environment, Transport & Regions (now known as The Department of Transport, Local Government, and the Regions) recently released provisional UK port tonnage figures for last year, making Grimsby & Immingham the UK s leading port.
Associated British Ports (ABP) ports of Cardiff and Barry have been awarded a prestigious Gold Occupational Safety Award by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). ABP is proud of its excellent health and safety record, and I am delighted to receive this important award on behalf of Cardiff and Barry, which reflects the ports serious commitment to good health and safety practices. The award aims to highlight the importance of reducing the number of accidents and cases of ill-health in the workplace.