ABP has announced that Martin Bardle, formerly the company’s Head of Compliance, has stepped into an operational position and taken up the helm at Immingham’s Humber International Terminal (HIT).
The site handles 10% of the country’s energy cargoes and has the capacity to host Panamax size vessels as well as part-laden Capesize vessels, the largest dry bulk cargo ships.
In 2013, the HIT handled around 13 million tonnes of coal, however, in 2015 an agreement was signed with Drax power station to provide a facility designed to handle biomass and the HIT now boasts the country’s largest biomass handling facility, named the Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal (IRFT).
The terminal is made up of eight large concrete silos which dominate the Immingham skyline with their 60m height. Each silo is able to contain 25,000 tonnes of biomass and benefits from the latest safety measures such as fire suppression systems.
Prior to his port career, Martin started out his working life in the British Army at the age of 16 as a plant and equipment fitter apprentice and served for almost 15 years in the Royal Engineers. After leaving the Army, Martin worked in a succession of health and safety leadership roles with companies such as Balfour Beatty, Rolls-Royce and Mace.
Martin holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree from Warwick Business School and a Masters of Science Degree in Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Management.
Martin joined ABP on the Humber in 2015 and has successfully blended a number of departments together to create the Compliance team, which comprises of health and safety, security, environment and quality.
He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to work with the Humber International Terminal Team in further improving the services we offer to our customers.”
Simon Bird, Regional Director for ABP Humber added: “Martin has been a key member of the Humber’s senior leadership team for many years and has implemented safety initiatives across a number of operations. My colleagues and I are excited to support Martin in his new role with us and look forward to future developments at the HIT.”