Truck and Track Spring 2024 Spring 2024 Truck and Track 77 PORTS Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s leading port operator, has announced the creation of a new role of Capital Projects Director to strengthen focus on growth and delivery of its ambitious pipeline of strategic developments. With exciting and highly complex major projects already announced and with ambitious plans to grow further, ABP has appointed Francis Paonessa as its first Capital Projects Director. Reflecting the importance of the new role, it will be part of the senior Executive Team and report directly to the Henrik L. Pedersen, ABP’s CEO. The role will also assume responsibility for the corporate engineering function, allowing the Capital Projects Director to have an end-to-end focus on engineering strategy and assurance. Francis joins ABP from Thames Water where he has led a portfolio of projects with an annual investment of up to £1bn per year. Prior to that, Francis was Managing Director of Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail where he headed up the UK’s largest portfolio of capital projects. ABP’s CEO Henrik L. Pedersen, said, “ABP has an exciting pipeline of transformative and complex major projects to substantially expand both our trade handling and green energy enabling activities. The time is right to create a new role at the Executive Team level of the company, bringing focus and experience to what will be key growth engines for ABP. I’m delighted that Francis Paonessa has decided to join us on our growth journey. Francis brings deep expertise in strategic project delivery across a number of highly relevant infrastructure sectors.” Francis Paonessa said, “I’m excited to be joining ABP and working with the team to make a whole portfolio of significant projects a reality. I’ve been really impressed by the vision and ambition ABP has to grow, not only in their core role of providing the UK’s main gateways for trade, but also through their rapidly expanding role as providers and enablers of infrastructure for the UK’s energy transition. It’s a great time to be involved and I can’t wait to get started.” ABP is a significant and consistent investor in its ports and associated assets. This investment – around £750 million in the last five years – has been maintained despite challenges such as the pandemic and global supply chain disruption. The company’s very significant and highly ambitious pipeline of announced major projects and development opportunities includes: ■ A multi gigawatt scale Floating Offshore Wind and green industries hub at Port Talbot ■ The Immingham Green Energy Terminal for the handling of green hydrogen, ammonia and sequestrated carbon ■ Infrastructure to support offshore wind development in Scottish waters on the Cromarty Firth ■ The Immingham Eastern RoRo Terminal to significantly expand UK-EU freight ferry capacity ■ The major upgrading and expansion of the Solent Gateway port of Marchwood. Francis Paonessa, ABP’s first Capital Projects Director ABP appoints new Capital Projects Director to drive infrastructure project delivery Associated British Ports (ABP) welcomed a delegation from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to the Port of Southampton, led by MPA Chief Executive Mr Teo Eng Dih. The Port Authorities opened discussions on various areas of potential cooperation regarding sustainable maritime transport in the context of the UK-Singapore Green Economy Framework (UKSGEF). Both sides agreed that cooperation between key like-minded stakeholders across the maritime and port ecosystems of the UK and Singapore would be important to support the decarbonisation, digitalisation and growth of the maritime industry. The very positive meeting paves the way for further discussions on green and digital shipping cooperation between Singapore and Southampton. Mr Alastair Welch, ABP’s Regional Director for Southampton, said, “It was great to welcome Chief Executive Teo Eng Dih and his colleagues to the Port of Southampton, the UK’s number one port for deep sea trade. We’re committed to driving progress in sustainability, as evidenced by our leading position as the UK’s first significant shore-power provider. Partnerships between ports and governments will be key in driving real change and today’s discussions between ourselves and MPA set a great foundation for sustainable maritime trade between our two ports.” Mr Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, said, “MPA thanks ABP for its hospitality. There is a strong base of collaboration between the UK and Singapore in maritime. The discussions between the Port of Southampton, UK stakeholders and MPA was a good opportunity for us to address common challenges, learn from each other and exchange views on maritime decarbonisation and digitalisation. I look forward to a strong partnership in developing cost-effective solutions for the international shipping community.” The meeting was part of a programme of events MPA was undertaking in Southampton, including meetings with the University of Southampton, the UK Hydrographic Office and Maritime and Coastguard Agency. 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