JR Rix to switch docks as port prepares for renewable growth

A FAMILY-owned group is relocating its shipping operations to King George Dock as the Port of Hull gears up for its renewable energy expansion.

JR Rix & Sons is moving from Hull’s Alexandra Dock to King George Dock as the port prepares for the Green Port Hull development.

Rix Shipping will continue to use the Port of Hull for its timber imports through alternative facilities in the wider port.

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Matt Jukes, port director for Hull and Goole, said: “Over the years ABP has built an excellent relationship with Rix Shipping and we are pleased that it is set to continue well into the future.

“Rix Shipping’s move from Alexandra Dock to King George Dock will also clear an area of land strategically important for the development of Green Port Hull, which demonstrates ABP’s commitment to this project and our focus on delivering it to the demanding timetable required.”

As part of the move port owner ABP repositioned three cranes, which it said will increase capacity and open up another common user berth at King George Dock.

Tim Rix, managing director of JR Rix and Sons, said: “This is a positive move which will allow us greater flexibility in our day-to-day operations.

“ABP has been extremely helpful and flexible in assisting Rix with this move which now allows us to discharge cargo closer to land owned by the JR Rix & Sons group.”

Rix Shipping is part of a conglomerate which includes a heating oil and petrol distribution arm, heating services and static caravan manufacturing.

The Green Port Hull development involves the regeneration of Alexandra Dock, which sits next to a natural deep-water channel, and the construction of engineering giant Siemens’ wind turbine factory.