Redundancy threat for workers at Humber Estuary ports

Ship in port
Image caption Associated British Ports runs sites in Goole, Grimsby, Hull and Immingham

Workers at ports on the Humber Estuary face losing their jobs after a decline in coal imports.

The BBC understands that up to 80 jobs are at risk.

Associated British Ports (ABP) confirmed it had "commenced consultation with colleagues and employee representatives regarding potential redundancies".

The firm employs around 950 staff at sites in Goole, Grimsby, Hull and Immingham.

In a statement, ABP said: "The situation reflects significant falls in coal volumes and the closure of coal-fired power stations.

"ABP is investing around £800 million on the Humber and we remain focussed on seizing new opportunities to deliver growth across all our ports."

'Extremely disappointing'

Martin Vickers, the Conservative MP for Cleethorpes, described the news as "worrying".

"It's extremely disappointing for those who are losing their jobs," he said.

"We do have lots of opportunities in the area, the offshore renewables sector is expanding [and] that needs skilled workmen.

"I would hope the people affected will be able to find alternative employment very soon."

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