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Southampton motors on

[ April 14, 2015   //   ]

Associated British Ports is investing over £12m in its vehicle handling facilities in Southampton to create more than 5,700 new vehicle storage spaces. These include a five storey facility in the Eastern Docks capable of handling 3,200 vehicles and a dedicated inspection area. Work is due to start in May and complete in March 2016.

In the Western Docks, more than £3m is being invested in creating a 12-acre open air car handling facility with 2,500 spaces for import cars.

Already the UK’s leading vehicle handling port, Southampton is experiencing significant growth in the volume of vehicles over the quayside, with the number jumping 11% from 750,000 in 2013 to 834,000 in 2014.

At the same time, the port is doubling the number of marine apprentices on its industry leading training programme.

The Marine Operations Apprenticeship scheme, the only one of its kind in the country, is based around the National Occupational Standards for Port Operations and is designed to give those interested in working in a marine environment the opportunity to learn about shipping and port operations.

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