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Happy New Year for ABP Southampton

[ January 10, 2018   //   ]

Port of Southampton owner and operator ABP predicts that 2018 looks set to be another record-breaking year.

Director Alastair Welch says that, following the success of 2017, when the largest vessels in the world came to Southampton and more than one million containers were handled by the port, 2018 will see even larger mega-ships visiting.

ABP Southampton director, Alastair Welch said: “This is set to be another important year for the Port. Across automotive, cruise, containers and bulks we are anticipating another record-breaking year.

“And we will be spending an average of £75,000 a day on our infrastructure to meet the continuing needs of our customers.”

Southampton is the UK’s number one export port, handling £40 billion-worth every year, 90% of which are destined for outside the EU. Total trade handled by the Port is £75 billion. It is the UK’s number one port for automotive exports and home to the country’s second largest container terminal.

The £280 million of investment over the past five years includes more than £50 million in vehicle export facilities, including the newest vehicle terminal recently opened by trade minister Greg Hands.
ABP has launched a new short film highlighting Southampton as ‘Gateway to the World’

The next printed issue of FBJ [FBJ 1 2018] will include a report on Southampton.

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