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ABP Property

Our property division brings together an unrivalled land bank spanning 21 multi-modal locations around the country, with 950 hectares of port-based development land.

ABPmer

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.

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Paul Litten

Plymouth is one of the UK’s most historic ports with a rich maritime heritage spanning many centuries. Today, Plymouth is a bustling modern port, contributing over £95 million to the UK economy, handling around 80,000 tonnes of cargo each year and is home to Brittany Ferries' services to France and Spain.

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.

The Port of Plymouth is less than a mile (1.6km) from Plymouth city centre and its geographical advantages ensure that it is well placed to continue to serve European trade and tourist routes.

Supporting around 1,400 national jobs, the port has been a key hub for Brittany Ferries for over 40 years, but also handles an array of different industrial cargoes, amounting to an annual trade value of over £470 million.

Connectivity

The A38 Devon Expressway links Plymouth to the M5 at Exeter, providing access to the M4 and the Midlands.

Plymouth's central railway station is less than a mile (1.6km) from the port entrance and has regular routes to Bristol, Birmingham and London.

Delivering for customers

ABP’s continuing programme of investment keeps our infrastructure, equipment and people up-to-date, allowing us to provide our customers with the very best services available.

With a 200-metre long berth and anchorage ground which can accommodate vessels up to 300 metres in length, Plymouth is comfortably able to provide flexible solutions for a range of different industries.

Brittany Ferries’ operations at the port comprise daily services to France, and weekly services to northern Spain, for freight cargoes and around 430,000 passengers per year.

For cruise ships, Plymouth provides modern, fully adjustable tender-berthing facilities to service ships moored in Plymouth Sound, as well as alongside berthing options.

The port has facilities to handle many different cargoes and offers up to 5,420sqm of covered storage with around 34,000sqm of additional open storage for goods or vehicles

The port can also accommodate virtually any Ro-Ro vessel with a capacity of up to 200 tonnes over the linkspan.

Port of Plymouth handles
80,000 Tonnes cargo each year
Handles
£470 million of trade per year
Welcomes
430,000 Ferry passengers each year

Key statistics and berthing information

Total port acreage = 46 acres

    Normal acceptance dimension of vessels
Dock, Jetty or Quay Quay length Length Beam Draught Approx. dwt
Roro Berth West Wharf 170 m 200 m n/a 8.5m 12,000
Trinity Pier 150 m 120 m n/a 5.0m 5,000
Outer Basin Anchorage 295 m n/a 8.5m 12,000

Marine information

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