Waterfront | Our Port
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 second of our regular guest writing spots, ABP’s East Coast Divisional Port Manager – Paul Ager explains the details behind the CCTV installation at the Old Custom House.
ABP has invested £12,000 on new Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) equipment at the historic Old Custom House - the location of the Port of Ipswich Office and the main office for the broader Short Sea Ports division.
The new state-of-the-art equipment will allow ABP to have 24 hour coverage all around Old Custom House, which is located in the heart of the historic Waterfront area of Ipswich. Our port operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week - so this significant investment has been made to keep not only our employees safe, but also the local residents and the wider community using this area of Ipswich.
ABP is continually working with the local police and ‘Ipswich Central’ in light of instances of anti-social behaviour in the area. Having made the decision in January to commence installation, and with the project completed in February, we have already seen a reduction in the amount of reported issues.
In addition to this investment in security and our neighbours’ safety, ABP has also recently installed CCTV in & around our Marina, on the Island Site. This has cost in the region of £30,000 and the money has been carefully spent on providing 20 state-of-the-art HD cameras, providing 24/7, panoramic coverage.
Ipswich Haven Marina has been open since May 2000 and was officially opened at a ceremony in July 2000 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston when he predicted that “Ipswich Haven Marina will fast become the star attraction on the east coast”. Facilities for marina customers, include high quality toilets and showers which are situated in three locations in and around the Marina. The Marina office building also houses a berth holders’ launderette.