Kingston upon Hull is a major ferry port located between Hull River and Humber River in England UK. The city covers a total area of approx 71 km2 (28 ml2) and has population around 260,000.
- Hull was given its first charter in 1299 by Edward I. The old town of Hull retains its medieval pattern and some buildings back to the 18th century and before. Wilberforce House (now a museum), is in the High Street. It is the birthplace in 1759 of anti slavery campaigner, William Wilberforce (1759-1833). In the centre is Holy Trinity Church, the oldest parish church in England, dating from 14th century. Reclamation of the old docks provides the city with marinas, parks and a Maritime Museum.
- Close to the city is Humber Bridge, which has the world's longest single span. Also worth seeing is Beverley with its ecclesiastical architecture in the 13th century Gothic Minster and 14th century Saint Mary's church. Burton Constable Hall and Park lies to the northeast of Hull and to the northwest is the 19th century working mill, Skidby Windmill.
Port Hull is located at the confluence of two rivers - Hull and Humber (estuary) and is operational since at least the 13th century. The Hull Dock Company (established 1773) constructed the first dock on a land formerly occupied by the town walls. The port is owned and operated by the ABP company (abbrev from "Associated British Ports"). The port handles around 1 million passengers (ferry and cruise) annually, and is ranked UK's largest import location for softwood timber.
- During the next half century several docks (Town Docks) were constructed around the old town (on land formerly occupied by the town's fortifications).
- The port's first dock (Victoria Dock) was built east of Hull River and opened in 1850. In 1862 started the construction of docks along Humber River's banks (to the west). There were built West Dock, Albert Dock, and the William Wright extension. The St Andrew's Dock (further west) was opened in 1883. A new eastern dock (Alexandra Dock) was opened in 1885. In 1914 was opened the King George Dock.
- Town Docks, St Andrew's Dock and Victoria Dock became inoperational by the 1970s and were subsequently closed. Some were later redeveloped (Humber and Railway) to a leisure complex (named "Hull Marina").
- The company AarhusKarlshamn operates a large vegetable-based oil products processing plant at the dock. The Kingston Terminal (southeast of Queen Elizabeth Dock) is used for coal products import cargoes. Port Hull has a total of 10 Ro-Ro vessel berths within its 2 docks.
- In 2014 was opened a facility to supply the Drax power station (coal-fired) with capacity to co-fire around 1 million tns biomass and petcoke per year. A specialised dry bulk warehouse for biomass storage was opened in 2015.
- In February 2018, at Hull Container Terminal were installed two new gantry cranes. The ABP's investment of GBP 10,5 million doubled the terminal's annual capacity (trade volume) to over 400,000 TEUs. Each of the 600-ton carnes has height of 50 m / 64 ft. Both gantry cranes arrived on February 15. They were delivered by Hansa Heavy Lift (vessel HHL Lagos) and were transported fully-assembled. The new Liebherr cranes were built in Ireland, and became fully operational by April 2018. The cranes were part of ABP's GBP 15 million investment which also included purchasing of stackers and tug trailers, as well as creating of new storage area (sized 9,000 m2 / 96,900 ft2).
- ABP's Hull Container Terminal covers an area of 10 acres and is ranked 3rd largest on England's east coast. The company's 4 containership ports (Grimsby, Goole, Immingham, Hull) handle around 13% of UK’s shipping trade (annual worth around GBP 75 billion).
The port also has drydock facilities for ship repairs. Dry docks are located at King George Dock, Alexandra Dock, William Wright Dock, South End Dock (near Humber Estuary, port's largest, with LOA length 105 m / 345 ft), Union Dock, North Bridge Dry Dock, No 1 Dry Dock (near Queen's Dock).
Green Port Hull
In 2016, Alexandra Dock was redeveloped / reconstructed and integrated with a wind farm, factory and an estuary-side quay (Quay 2005). The development project was named "Green Port Hull".
- Green Port Hull is a joint venture between Siemens and ABP. The memorandum of understanding was signed in 2011. The project included building a wind energy manufacturing plant at Alexandra Dock, and land redevelopment (building a riverside Quay 2005 and port facilities there). The location was choosen for its proximity to the existing North Sea-based wind farms (Dogger Bank, Hornsea, East Anglia Array) and also for the existing port infrastructure.
- Quay 2005 project included land reclamation west of Alexandra Dock's entrance (on Humber River estuary's banks) and dredging allowing access of ships with max draft 11,5 metres (38 ft). At the new wharf was built a facility serving wind turbine logistics, so additional land for the operations was created.
- Port facilities include a blade manufacturing factory (constructed by VolkerFitzpatrick) plus additional buildings serving the logistics (constructed by Clugston Group) and one wind turbine (6 MW power output). All businesses existing at the dock were relocated (within Hull port).
- Construction works started in January 2015, after the Siemens-ABP's 2011 agreement was finalised. The ABP port investment was GBP 150 million, while Siemens invested in the project GBP 160 million. The facility's completion was scheduled for 2016-2017. For Alexandra Dock's engineering works were contracted (as joint venture) the companies GRAHAM and Lagan Construction Group.
Highlights: Old Town, Wilberforce House, Beverley
Hull cruise terminal
In 2001, on the site of the old River Terminal 1 was constructed the new "Rotterdam Terminal" (building cost GBP 14,3 million). It serves the ferry company P&O Ferries on the UK-Holland route (Hull-Rotterdam. Here dock the P&O ships Pride of Rotterdam and Pride of Hull.
Port Hull has two passenger / ferry terminals. Ferries to Rotterdam Holland depart from Terminal 1 (blue building). This is the port's second ferry terminal built for P&O Ferries' (and the world's) largest Ro-Ro passenger ships Pride of Rotterdam and Pride of Hull. Due to their width (32 m / 105 ft), they can't pass through the lock gates.
Terminal 1's car park is a multi-storey parking facility which entrance is next to the terminal building's main entrance. All the Hull port's car parkings are operated by a contract company. Terminal 1's ground floor level is reserved for Blue Badge (disabled) drivers.
As ferry port, Hull is also linked to Zeebrugge Belgium. The old Terminal 2 has departure passenger lounge with plenty of seating. Terminal 2 serves the ferries to Zeebrugge (Bruges).
(new) Hull Cruise Terminal
In September 2017, a GBP 50 million funding bid was drawn up for the construction of a new cruise ship terminal in Port Hull. The project was secured by government backing. The new facility could be operational by 2022.
The new passenger terminal project includes redevelopment of The Deep Business Centre and building a new riverside berth for cruise ships. This city-owned site was chosen as alternative location for Albert Dock (ABP-owned). The new site is also at close proximity to all the downtown's main tourist attractions.
Port Hull cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Hull, England. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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