ABP and RMS Group strengthen long term relationship

Associated British Ports (ABP) and RMS Group have signed a new 15-year agreement, which will see them work together to develop and grow RMS’ businesses in the region.

The deal will see two of the Humber Estuary’s biggest businesses working closely to help cement the region’s role in the Northern Economic Powerhouse, a concept designed by Government to improve the economic performance of the North of England.

RMS Group has facilities on all four of the Humber ports, as well as their own terminal facilities on the River Trent.  The business offers stevedoring, cargo handling and inland logistics for general cargoes and specialises in the steel and renewable energy sectors.

The new agreement will also provide a strong framework for growth throughout the Humber for RMS.

James Leeson, ABP’s Head of Commercial, Humber, explained: “RMS’ businesses on the Humber have grown considerably from their initial operations at the Port of Goole.  The demands for new, renewable energy sources have resulted in significant growth, most notably in Grimsby and at RMS’ joint venture in Hull.

“ABP has invested £750,000 in warehouse development to facilitate this growth in order to allow the company to better serve its customers, and this new agreement means we can look at further investment for RMS and extend our partnership with them for a further 15 years, which is something we’re very excited about.”

Ian Parsons Chairman of RMS Group added: “We look forward to further strengthening our longstanding partnership with ABP.  The Humber estuary is poised for growth particularly in the renewable energy sector and signing this long-term agreement is a measure of our confidence in the future.”

Under the new agreement ABP will be working with RMS to attract new customers to their terminal operations and to ABP’s Humber ports and new investments have already been agreed for the company’s terminal at Grimsby’s Royal Dock.