Trades & Sectors

With 21 ports around the coast of the British Isles handling 120 million tonnes of cargo - nearly a quarter of UK seaborne trade, ABP is involved in all the major sectors associated with British trade, for example: bulk cargoes; solids and liquids; containers; roll-on/roll-off; passengers and cruises; through to the diverse range of products which fall under the heading "general cargo".

In many cases, the strength of each of our ports is determined by the hinterland in which they operate.  This is more likely to apply with our Short Sea Ports but, with such key locations as the Humber and Southampton, ABP's ports also provide solutions from a UK national perspective.  For instance, Southampton is the UK's key maritime location and has developed premier positions in cruises, cars, and containers; and in our Humber Ports, which are ideally located to serve the whole of the UK, their strength lies in being the gateway for North Europe, Scandinavia, and Baltic, while providing assets of national importance for the handling of petroleum, coal, and other energy products. 

But ABP ports are also geared to meet the growth in new trade sectors such as the offshore wind and renewable energy industries, providing key locations to meet these "trades of the future".

With ABP ports covering an estate of more than than 10,000 acres, ABP has room to expand the diversity of cargoes they currently handle, and ABP is keen to encourage more trade and development within its ports.

Finally, with industry at large pursuing carbon reduction commitments, ABP's 21 ports provide a network of facilities for customers that can be inter-connected by rail and also coastal and short sea shipping to play a role in meeting environmental targets.