About ABP

The UK's leading ports group, Associated British Ports (ABP) owns and operates 21 ports in England, Scotland, and Wales, and handles approximately a quarter of the country's seaborne trade.

ABP's 21 ports, together with the other transport-related businesses that constitute the ABP group, form a UK-wide network capable of handling every conceivable type of cargo.  ABP is backed by investment in modern facilities and equipment, and supported by experienced staff.  The group's other activities include rail terminal operations (Hams Hall), ship's agency, dredging (UK Dredging Ltd), and marine consultancy (ABPmer).  Each port also offers a well-established community of port service providers.

Company history

1962 

The British Transport Docks Board (BTDB) was established as a body corporate under the Transport Act 1962.

 1983 

Under the Transport Act 1981, BTDB was reconstituted on 31 December, 1982.  Thenceforth known as Associated British Port Holdings Plc (ABPH) and registered under the Companies Act, the company has powers in relation to Associated British Ports (ABP) corresponding to the powers of a holding company over a wholly-owned subsidiary.  ABPH was subsequently floated on the London Stock Exchange in February 1983.

 1988 

Acquired Grosvenor Square Properties Group Plc (now Grosvenor Waterside Group Plc)

 1988 

Acquired Teignmouth Quay Company and Colchester Dock Transport Company in Essex

 

Joint venture - Southampton Container Terminals - formed, with ABP holding 49 percent stake

 1989 

Acquired Red Funnel Group

 

Whitby Port Services and Slaters Transport also acquired

 1992

Acquired 49 percent stake in Tilbury Container Services

 1997 

Acquired Ipswich Port Ltd

 1998

Acquired Exxtor Shipping Group Services Ltd

 

Acquired American Port Services (AMPORTS) 

 

Ownership of Tilbury Container Services reorganised, becoming jointly owned by ABP, P&O Ports (Europe) Ltd and Port of Tilbury London Ltd 

 2000

 Northern Cargo Services Ltd acquired

 

The Cardiff Bay Partnership, a limited partnership with Norwich Union in which the group has a 45 percent stake, created.  

 

The Berkeley Group (renamed AMPORTS UK) acquired 

 

Red Funnel Group sold 

 2001

ABP Connect launched

 

Nippress Cold Store Facility, Hull, acquired by ABP Connect

 

Sale of AMPORTS' aviation division announced 

 2002

AMPORTS' aviation division sold

2003

Ground-breaking agreement between ABP and conservation bodies helps safeguard the future of the Humber Estuary as one of Britain's key habitats for migrating birds

 

A third cruise terminal is opened at ABP Southampton - the City Cruise Terminal

2004

Dibden Terminal expansion plans rejected

2005

Unveils plans to invest around £4 million in a second multi-deck car park at the Port of Southampton

 

Increases investment in Humber International Terminal 2 to almost £60 million 

 2006

ABP de-listed from the London Stock Exchange following the completion of a takeover by a private consortium of investors. ABP now owned by ABP (Jersey) Ltd, which is made up of a consortium comprising Borealis, GIC, Goldman Sachs, and Prudential.