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ABP Property

Our property division brings together an unrivalled land bank spanning 21 multi-modal locations around the country, with 960 hectares of port-based development land.


Drawing on 60 years of experience, ABP Marine Environmental Research (ABPmer) provides specialist marine environmental research and consultancy services.

UK Dredging

UK Dredging (UKD) operates the largest British-owned dredging fleet and specialises in the provision of reliable and cost effective port maintenance dredging services.

Commercial Enquiries

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General Enquiries

The Port of Ipswich is situated at the head of the River Orwell, 12 miles (19km) from the open sea and handles 2 million tonnes of cargo per year. It is the UK’s leading grain export port and handles a range of other products such as fertiliser, cement and aggregates.

Throughout our network of 21 ports around Britain, our expert and highly-trained teams are ready to work in partnership to deliver the solutions your business needs.

Backed by a programme of ongoing investment, our ports provide leading facilities and equipment, operated by our expert teams who can safely and efficiently handle a wide variety of different cargoes. 

As well as routinely and efficiently handling grain, cement and aggregates, the Port of Ipswich also expertly handles forest products, containers and project cargo as well as a broad portfolio of dry bulk cargo, including animal feed and fertiliser.

Together with our customers, ABP's East Anglian Ports of King’s Lynn, Ipswich and Lowestoft contribute a total of £360 million to the economy every year, support 5,300 jobs nationally.

The port has a team dedicated to safely delivering the highest standards of customer service, ready to work in partnership to help our customers’ businesses to grow.


The Port of Ipswich is a short sailing time from the North Sea shipping lanes, is less than a mile (1.6km) from the town centre and its major trunk roads A14 and A12 are both within easy reach and provide connections to the M25 and M11.

Delivering for customers

All ABP's ports offer the latest state-of-the-art facilities and equipment dedicated to handling a wide range of cargoes.

The Port of Ipswich has three aggregates terminals as well as Coldock Terminal, offering over 16,000sqm of covered warehousing. A dedicated timber-treatment centre offers chromium- and arsenic-free wood preservative whilst Cliff Quay Container Terminal is equipped with a 40-tonne capacity crane and rail-mounted gantries. Specialist plant, equipment, and weighbridges are provided in the port to cater for heavy-lift and project cargoes.

ABP Ipswich has made a multi-million pound investment in terminal facilities, automated lock gates, Ro-Ro facilities and cranes as part of its commitment to continuously improve the service it provides.
In January 2019, the Port of Ipswich invested £700,000 in the construction of a new, de-mountable warehouse, providing extra storage space and improved flexibility, as part of ABP’s ongoing commitment to customers.

The port has also recently invested more than £3 million in two new bulk storage terminals, the Orwell Bulk and Cliff Bulk Terminals, adding more than 7,000sqm of storage space, and also unveiled a new fertiliser bagging and packaging plant at the port.

ABP’s Ipswich Beacon Marina (formally Ipswich Haven), offers convenient access to the historic Ipswich Waterfront and draws thousands of visitors every year.

Port of Ipswich provides
16,000sqm of covered storage
Handles over
£600 million of trade every year
Handles over
2 million tonnes of cargo per year

Notices to Mariners in force are listed below.



03 Diving Operations Ipswich Lock

01 Notice To Mariners In Force List


41/2023 RHYC Dredging

39/2023 - 2024 Ipswich Tidal Barrier Test

34a/2023 - River Orwell Dredging

32/2023 - Depths at the Port of Ipswich and River Orwell

30/2023 - Leisure Users Advice - Safety of Navigation on the River Orwell

29/2023 - Non-Routine Towage Assessment

19/2023 - Drone Flights

07/2023 – Ipswich Tidal Barrier Tests

05/2023 – Yacht Encroachment


06 River Orwell - Speed Buoy near Downham Re-Located


01 Self-Mooring on Commercial Berths


13 Vessel Reporting and Clearance Notifications


10 Navigation Buoys on the River Orwell

03 Navigation Lights at Ipswich Tidal Barrier


09 Tidal Barrier New Cut Navigation

07 Woolverstone Marina - Removal of Navigation Aid


09 Cable Markers - Ipswich Lock

08 Fox's Marina Entrance - Buoyage


01 New 6Knt Speed Limit Buoy


06 500' Buoy River Orwell


13 Haven Marine Extension - Additional Piling

02 Hot Works Permission


09 Works at Pin Mill

08 Water Ski Area - Boundary Buoys

03 Speed Limit - River Orwell


07 Speed Restrictions River Orwell

06 Buoy Movements Ipswich Port


09 Bunkering Procedure Safety Checklist

08 Use of Lifejackets

05 Impeding Safe Navigation to Large Vessels

03 Dipping Ship's Mooring lines


10 Vessels Overtaking and Passing in River Orwell


05 Health and Safety During Ship Mooring Operations


11 Dangers of Unattended Moorings


East Anglia


Marine Aggregate Industry Survey Notification


02a Updated Information for Leisure vessels arriving from outside the UK

02 Leisure vessels arriving from outside the UK

01 Sanctions against Russian Shipping


01 Mooring operations

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