Port of Ipswich welcomes Austrian students for informative port tour

April 26, 2018

Image caption: Austrian students in front of the Old Ipswich Customs House entrance together with ABP Divisional Port Manager, Paul Ager and other ABP colleagues

A group of Austrian students have visited the Port of Ipswich, the UK’s number one export port for agricultural products, to find out more about its operations and the important role it plays as a gateway for trade in East Anglia.

The group of 19 students travelled to London from their vocational school called Landesberufsschule 6, which is based in Salzburg. As all of the students are currently studying to become forwarding agents and get involved in the collection, shipment and delivery of goods, they were interested in seeing a successful working port in action.

They selected the Port of Ipswich due to its status as the UK’s number one export port for agricultural products, which has been confirmed by port freight statistics released by the Department for Transport (DfT). Around 40% of British barley exports – 46,173 tonnes out of the UK’s total export tonnage of 113,000 – passed through the port’s facilities in July 2017.

Mr Santuerk Kayisci, Teacher at Austrian vocational school, Landesberufsschule 6, said: “The trip to ABP’s Port of Ipswich was very important for us! My students got the chance to learn about port operations directly from the port manager. 

“It was a perfect experience for me and my students and we are very grateful to ABP for offering us an insight into port operations.”
Paul Ager, ABP Divisional Port Manager- East Anglia, said: "We were pleased to welcome this group of enthusiastic young people to our port and showcase the fantastic facilities we have here in Ipswich.

“Many of these students have aspirations to work in the maritime sector and I think that providing them with an overview of port operations and processes has given them a more realistic understand of the types of skills they will need to succeed in the sector.”