Port of Grimsby

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Grimsby Fish dock and market
The fish docks of Grimsby

The Port of Grimsby and Immingham, situated on the south bank of the Humber Estuary in Lincolnshire, is the United Kingdom’s largest port by tonnage.[1] Its deep-water location on the Humber Estuary, one of Europe’s busiest trade routes[citation needed], allows access to mainland Europe and beyond. The harbour was expanded and reopened in the 1790s by Ayscoghe Boucherett of the Grimsby Haven Company, who also served as MP for Great Grimsby, and George Tennyson.[2]

The port is very important to the local economy, employing thousands of people,[3] and is a thriving centre of the fishing industry on the east coast of England, with a major fish market, open during weekdays. A new £14 million development of the fish dock saw a new marketplace open on reclaimed land in 1996.[4][5] In 1965, the port earned £13 million out of a total £40 million earned at British ports that year, with more than 250 fishing vessels based at the harbour.[3] In 2005 an estimated 30,000 tonnes of fish was sold at Grimsby Fish Market.[5]


  1. ^ "Port Freight Statistics: Provisional Annual 2012" (PDF). Department of Transport of the British Government. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  2. ^ The House of Commons. Boydell & Brewer. 1986. p. 324. ISBN 978-0-436-52101-0. 
  3. ^ a b Beddis, Rex Antony (1967). Focal Points in Geography: Case Studies. CUP Archive. p. 22. 
  4. ^ World Fishing. IPC Industrial Press. 1996. p. 42. 
  5. ^ a b Asche, Frank (2006). Primary Industries Facing Global Markets: The Supply Chains and Markets for Norwegian Food and Forest Products. Copenhagen Business School Press DK. p. 205. ISBN 978-87-630-0192-2. 

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Coordinates: 53°34′40″N 0°04′28″W / 53.5777798°N 0.0743294°W / 53.5777798; -0.0743294