Out of the 21 ABP ports there are eight ports involved in the handling of containers; however, the ABP ports particularly involved in container terminal operations are Southampton, Hull, Immingham, and Cardiff, which together handle nearly 2 million teus each year. At these ports, the terminals are either directly operated by ABP or, as in the case of Southampton and Hull, by DP World Southampton and PD Ports respectively.
At Southampton, the container terminal operated by DP World Southampton - a joint venture between ABP and DP World - is the second largest container terminal in the UK, predominantly serving the Far East market and handling 1.5m teus each year.
On the Humber, there are container terminals at Hull, Immingham, and Goole. Combined, they are the gateway for trade between the UK and North Sea destinations.
At Hull, PD Ports operates the container terminal, which handles more than 100,000 teus each year for the principle customer Samskip. Samskip operates five sailings a week for its dedicated door-to-door container service connecting into Rotterdam. MacAndrews also calls at Hull with two sailings a week serving Baltic destinations.
The container terminal at Immingham is operated by ABP and is home to short-sea and feeder services operated by CMA CGM, Unifeeder, Feederlink, Tschudi Lines, and UCI. Together they offer 15 sailings a week to connect into North Sea, Scandinavian, and Baltic ports.
At Immingham, DFDS also handles containers at its outer berth for its own daily services.
At the UK's most inland port - Goole - UCI operates a twice-weekly service from Duisburg and Moerdijk.
In South Wales Cardiff Container Terminal is home to ABP's Cardiff Container Lines, which operates two sailings a week to Warrenpoint to serve the Irish market. In addition, Borchard Lines operates a weekly service to Cardiff on a route that serves a range of both east and west Mediterranean ports.
At Barry, container operations are centred upon the transport of containers by rail for a major industrial customer to deep-sea UK ports.
In the south east of England, the Port of Ipswich handles containers at Cliff Quay Container Terminal for monthly services to the Caribbean. At Ipswich, ABP's rail connection handles container trains operated by DB Schenker to serve inland rail terminals including ABP's own terminal at Hams Hall.
ABP's Hams Hall Railfreight Terminal, located five miles from Birmingham, is handling in the region of 200,000 teus each year from more than 70 train hauls a week. The award-winning 25 acre terminal has been recognised by the Department for Transport as a case study in rail terminal operations, and such is the growth of trade at Hams Hall, it would rank within the top ten container port operations in the UK.