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This port handles:

RoRo Ferries
OffShore Wind
Dry Bulk
General Cargo
Forest Products
Development Opportunities

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Grimsby is located on the South Bank at the mouth of the Humber and is roughly 16km from the North Sea. This has made the port an ideal location for shipping services between the UK and Scandinavia, the Baltics, Germany and northern Europe.

The arrival of the railway in the mid-1800s allowed it to transport goods to and from the port to the markets and farms. The port is famous for its fishing heritage and it is one of the UK’s long-standing major centres for the fishing industry that led to Grimsby being the premier centre for the frozen food industry. As well as this, the port deals with a diverse range of general goods including approximately 250,000 vehicles per year and can handle vessels carrying up to 6,000 tonnes of cargo.

The Port can handle a number of different types of freight including:

  • RORO (Roll on, Roll off) – handles more than 500,000 imported vehicles every year and has 2 dedicated berths in the Port
  • Fresh Produce & Perishables – one of the most recognised and important fish docks in Europe and handles over 20,000 tonnes of fresh fish every year
  • Dry Bulk – handles over 100,000 tonnes of cement a year which is shipped in ships designed for cement transportation
  • Forest Products – the Port can handle a wide range of timber products for a range of uses such as construction, DIY and garden furniture. Grimsby has regular services from Scandinavia and the Baltics for timber.
  • General Cargo – the Port has equipment to handle minerals, ores and other metals like iron and steel.

There is a diverse range of equipment available that allow port operators to handle such cargo and to ensure the efficiency:

  • 9 rail mounted cranes
  • A number of mobile harbour cranes
  • 5 RoRo berths with ramps

The port has good access to transport links with excellent congestion-free rail, road and transhipment access to major UK markets. The port is connected to the country’s main motorway network by the A180 and the M180.

In 2013 work was completed on a new £25 million investment focussed on improving vehicle importing facilities at the port. Located just outside the main dock the new terminal has 2 roro berths which ships that can carry over 3 thousand times and this greatly increases the port’s capability of importing and exporting vehicles. The port could already have 500 thousand imported vehicles each year but the new development allows the largest car carriers to operate in Grimsby. The terminal has modern and effective equipment and offers an area for carry out pre-delivery inspections and accessory fitting service.


Humber Commercial


Telephone: +44 (0)1472 359181

Country City Carrier Service Type Frequency/Week
Belgium Zeebrugge Toyofuji RORO 5
Belgium Zeebrugge KESS RORO 2
Belgium Zeebrugge Suardiez RORO 2
France Le Havre EML RORO 1
France Calais Suardiez RORO 2
Germany Emden KESS RORO 3
Spain Santander EML RORO 1
Sweden Malmo KESS RORO 1
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Port Assets

No. of the Quays/Docks/Terminals No. of Berths Total Length of Quays (metres) Average Tonnage Annually (in millions) Average TEU's Annually (x1000) Yard area/Port area (in acres) Characteristics of Max Vessel Size Capable Cargo Handling Facilities Commodities Handled
2 22 218 1 - 550

Beam: 20.5 metres

LOA: 145 metres

Draft: 5.8 metres

DWT: 6000


Rail-mounted: 3 x 71/2 T; 6 x 3T, Mobile: privately operated up to 130T, Ro-Ro: 3 berths with ramps and one berth with high/low level linkspan.

Other handling equipment:

Tugmasters: privately operated available coldstores in vicinity
Unit loads (ro/ro), Vehicles/Wheeled cargoes, Dry bulks, Grain/Feedstuffs, Refrigerated products, Forest products, Offshore, General cargo, Fish

Normal acceptance dimensions of vessels

Dock or Quay Length(metres) Beam (metres) Draught (metres) Approx dwt (dead weight tonnage)
Commercial Docks 145.0* 20.5 5.8 6,000
Fish Docks 73.0 12.8 5.8
*Longer vessels may be accepted subject to Harbour Master approval

Terminal Information

Terminals Cargo Handled Services & Operators
Alexandra Dock PCL activities for imported vehicles ABP
Grimsby River Terminal Imported cars ABP
Royal Dock Frozen Fish, General Cargo, Metals & Minerals Eimskip-CTG
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Source: ABPorts