ABP | Associated British Ports

Associated British Ports (ABP) is the UK’s leading ports operator with 21 ports and boasts the UK’s leading export port for agricultural products at Ipswich.  In the first of our regular guest writing spots, ABP explains the details behind the latest clean-up operation on the wet dock.

‘Tidy Friday’ is a new initiative which is being rolled out around ABP’s ports which looks at working with the community to keep our ports and the surrounding areas tidy.  In Ipswich, team members from the Port and the Ipswich Haven Marina recently joined forces with the local community, to get their hands dirty and clean up the waterfront area. 

This time, the Port and Marina staff worked with Ipswich Central Business Improvement District (BID) and local businesses, to clean up the area. This included a litter pick, cleaning up of public areas and a thorough water-based exercise cleaning debris and litter from the Wet Dock. 

“The Ipswich Waterfront Tidy Up afternoon was a great success” explained our Divisional Port Manager Paul Ager.

“Not only were we able make a real difference in and around the waterfront area, but it gave ABP the opportunity to team up with our neighbours and local Councillor Mandy Gaylard, to work on an important local project. ABP employs 120 colleagues at the Port and the Marina, so we recognise that we need to do our part in keeping the waterfront area clean and tidy for all to use.” 

ABP’s East Anglia ports handle around 3 million tonnes of cargo every year and handle over 2 million tonnes of agribulks and 170,000 tonnes of timber annually.  Additionally, ABP contributes £5.6 billion to the UK economy every year and supports a total of 84,000 jobs. Our current investment programme promises to deliver an extra £1.75 billion for the economy every year.