A Sea of Information
For many of us, although ABP sits on our doorstep at the Old Custom House on the Waterfront, we may know relatively little about the company or the work it does. Therefore, this month, we are delving a little deeper into our neighbour’s work.
Firstly, some general facts.
ABP owns and operates 21 ports in England, Wales and Scotland. Annually, the company handles: over 2 million containers, more than 4.5 million tonnes of steel and other materials, nearly 2 million tonnes of forest product and over 40 million tonnes of dry bulk.
So why does ABP have a port at Ipswich?
Ipswich Port is in a prime location being only 12 miles from the open sea and only a short sailing distance from the North Sea shipping lanes. The connections our major trunk roads, the A14 and A12, have to the M1 and M25 mean goods can be transported easily. The Port of Ipswich also has an active rail line at its West Bank. All of these transport links provide ABP with many opportunities within the Port of Ipswich.
Which goods does ABP import and export at Ipswich?
Statistics released by the Department for Transport in September 2017, firmly ingrained Ipswich’s title as the UK’s number one export port for agricultural products; a title Ipswich has held since 2005. Ipswich Port handles grain, aggregates, animal feed, fertilisers and cement. It is the UK’s biggest grain exporter, exporting around 500,000 tonnes of grain every year. Ipswich boasts host to a state-of-the-art timber-treatment centre, which offers chromium and arsenic free wood-preserve and annually handles approximately 200,000 cubic metres of timber products from Scandinavia and the Baltic States.
Ipswich on the up?
2017 was a record-breaking year for ABP’s Port of Ipswich. It handled the highest tonnage levels of cargo for Brett Aggregates since 2000 at just over 421,690 tonnes. When compared to their 2016 statistics this was a 27% year on year increase with an extra 90,361 tonnes handled by the port. This is largely due to ABP’s continuous investment in port infrastructure and equipment at Ipswich, as well as Brett Aggregates’ investment in a new processing plant and rail capacity.
ABP’s commitment to investing constantly and developing the Port means business can thrive, resulting in a strengthened role for Ipswich as an ABP Port.