ABP Ipswich has broken records again as the port welcomed larger vessels and saw a surge in ship calls in 2016.
In total, 743 ships called at the port, up eight percent from 2015 figures. This increase aligns with an increase of gross tonnage – a measurement of overall ship capacity – which rose by 13 percent to 2.6 million gross tonnes last year.
Ipswich, which is the UK’s leading export port for agricultural products, has had over £5.4m invested into upgrading facilities and replacing equipment over the last 12 months, including the construction of a new bulk store which is due for completion in April.
Planning and cooperation between the port and marine authorities saw the largest ship to ever call at the port in December. The Dijksgracht, which is 156.93 metres long, arrived at Ipswich with a shipment of 10,500 tonnes of rice from Texas, USA for the Ipswich Grain Terminal.
Since 2013, the port has been growing busier year on year, reaffirming the port’s ideal location for serving the Suffolk community and economy.
ABP Short Sea Ports Director Andrew Harston said:
“Our 2016 figures are yet another positive indicator of the importance of the Port of Ipswich to the broader East Anglian economy.
“An eight per cent increase in ship calls is a testament to the efforts of our staff and customers who are striving to continually grow their businesses.
“We are now looking forward to improving this result again in 2017.”
With the support of its customers, ABP’s Ports of East Anglia, King’s Lynn, Lowestoft and Ipswich contribute £340 million to the UK economy every year and support 3,577 jobs in the region and 5,000 jobs nationally.
- ABP’s East Anglia ports handle more than 3 million tonnes of cargo every year.
- Ports in East Anglia handle over 2 million tonnes of agribulks and 170,000 tonnes of timber annually.
- The Port of Ipswich is the UK’s leading export port for agricultural products
ABP is the UK’s leading ports operator with 21 ports and other transport related businesses creating a unique national network capable of handling a vast array of cargo.
ABP contributes £5.6 billion to the UK economy every year and supports 84,000 jobs. Our current investment programme promises to deliver an extra £1.75 billion for the economy every year.
- Handles over 1.5 million vehicles every year
- Generates around one quarter of the UK’s rail freight
- Has 1.4 million square metres of covered storage
- Has 1,000 hectares of open storage
- Handles around 90m tonnes of cargo each year
- Owns 5,000 hectares of port estate
- Has 87km of quay
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