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The British port, part of ABP, is to receive GBP 5.0 mln for increasing flood safety investment.
The decision came after the east coast tidal surge of December 2013, which caused widespread disruption to port users, tenants, and key businesses.
After the last flood, the Associated British Ports (ABP) together with North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC), the Lead Local Flood Authority, and the Environment Agency (EA) have been working on a permanent long-term solution to reduce the risk of tidal flooding.
It was decided that the port would need a set of higher outer lock gates which were capable of being braced in position against a tidal surge. Thanks to EA's financial contribution, the new lock gates with flood resilience capability are currently under construction, due to be installed in summer 2017.
“We are absolutely delighted that we have been able to successfully apply for this funding towards the new lock gates at the port. Ensuring the port’s resilience to tidal flooding will provide a real springboard for future investment at the port, as we seek to grow our business and invest in new infrastructure in to the future,” Mark Frith, ABP’s Port Manager for Grimsby and Immingham, said.
NELC’s Project Manager, Teresa James, added: “The port is a vital local employer and effectively underpins the local economy. The North East Lincolnshire Council are pleased to have worked so closely with ABP to achieve this brilliant result.”
“The EA is committed to improving flood resilience and preparedness across the nation, and this great result at Immingham serves to demonstrate that it is not just houses that need protection but that nationally significant infrastructure and industry have the same needs as well. We are delighted with the approved funding and look forward to continuing to work with ABP into the future,” Mark Adams, the EA’s Senior Coastal Advisor, commented.