Associated British Ports (ABP) is the UK’s leading and best-connected port owner and operator, with a network of 21 ports handling around a quarter of the UK’s seaborne trade. ABP’s ports include Immingham, the UK’s largest port by tonnage, and Southampton, the nation’s second largest container port, and the UK’s number one port for cars and cruises.
The group’s other activities include rail terminal operations (Hams Hall Rail Freight Terminal), port maintenance and dredging (UK Dredging), and marine and hydrographic consultancy (ABPmer). Each port also offers a well-established community of port service providers.
At the heart of international trade
ABP’s ports serves as vital gateways for international trade, connecting importers and exporters around the UK to global markets. By facilitating trade for businesses and manufacturers, ABP’s ports play an essential role at the heart of the UK economy, supporting around 120,000 jobs and contributing £7.5 billion to the economy every year.
Together with its customers, ABP handles around £150 billion of UK trade annually. ABP’s port locations are geographically diverse and well-positioned on key global and European trade routes. The ports are located in close proximity to important domestic industrial clusters, logistics hubs and major conurbations.
Investing for the future
ABP is investing in new state-of-the-art equipment and facilities across the group to enable its business and its customers’ businesses to grow. ABP has a strong track record of delivering major projects such as the £310 million Green Port Hull offshore wind manufacturing facility and the £140 million Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal for Drax Group.
Since 2011, ABP has invested over £50 million in green technologies, including renewable energy projects, electric vehicles, fuel efficient pilot vessels, high efficiency transformers and new LED high-mast lighting. Today 17 out of ABP’s 21 ports have renewable energy generation projects providing clean power for the business, its customers and the national grid.
ABP’s strategy will see the company continue to grow core aspects of the business, while utilising strong port locations to increase the group’s role in the development of key sectors. ABP is also undertaking a major investment in new IT systems and technology designed to further improve the company’s operational performance. These initiatives are backed by a strong commitment to invest for the future and will ensure that ABP continues to fulfil its mission: ‘Keeping Britain Trading’.