Ideally located on the south coast close to major shipping lanes linking the UK to European and global markets, Southampton is Britain’s Gateway to the World. The port is the UK’s number one export port and a critical link in supply chains serving businesses and manufacturers throughout the nation.
Southampton is the UK's number one vehicle handling port, handling 900,000 vehicles per year. It is also Europe's leading turnaround cruise port, welcoming around 2 million passengers annually and is home to the UK fleets of the largest cruise line operators in the world. It is also home to the second largest container terminal in the UK and in 2018 handled more than 1.9 million TEUs.
The Port of Southampton supports 45,600 jobs and contributes £2.5 billion to the nation’s economy every year. As the UK’s number one export port, Southampton handles exports worth £40 billion annually, including £36 billion destined for markets outside the EU. The port is at the heart of supply chains supporting manufacturers and businesses throughout Britain, including in sectors such as automotive where the Port supports 11,700 jobs in the West Midlands alone.
Every year ABP is proud to sponsor the Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k, enabling thousands of runners to come together and raise money for good causes. The port is also heavily engaged in supporting a range of other charities; the port’s current Charity of the Year is Southampton Sight, which provides support for those who have experienced sight loss.
The Port of Southampton is less than two miles (3km) from the M27 and has direct rail links to the national railway network for both freight and passengers. The port offers 23 container trains a day with gauge clearance for 9'6" high containers to major cargo-generating regions in the Midlands, North West, East Coast, and Scotland.
The port is served by Southampton International Airport, while Gatwick and Heathrow airports are within easy reach.
Delivering for customers
The Port of Southampton has four world-class cruise terminals in operation, all with ship-to-shore walkways and offers convenient cruise-parking facilities for cruise customers, securely located within the port estate.
The five-berth Southampton Container Terminal, operated by partners DP World, is the most productive container terminal in the UK. In 2014, the purpose-built SCT 5 opened, providing 500m of quay and 16m water depth, making it capable of handling the largest container vessels in the world.
Southampton has over 100 ha of vehicle storage and distribution compounds, also offering value-added services including pre-delivery inspections and vehicle-enhancement work. The port has capacity for over 50,000 vehicles at any one time on their way in or out of the UK.
All ABP's ports offer the latest state-of-the-art facilities and equipment dedicated to handing a wide range of cargoes. Examples of recent investments in Southampton include £15 million in our 8th multi-deck automotive storage facility and the £12 million upgrade of the Ocean Cruise Terminal, further enhancing the service offered to cruise passengers.
Port of Southampton handles900,000 vehicles every year
Handles£40 billion of UK exports every year
Welcomes around2 million cruise passengers per year
Key statistics and berthing information
Port acreage = 726 acres
|Dock, Jetty or Quay||Berth No.||Nominal Dredged Depth at Lowest Low Water (m)||Length of Quays (m)|
|Container berths||SCT 1||15.0||420|
|Ocean Dock (entrance 121.9m wide)||43-44||11.7||480|
|Express Dock (entrance 48.5 m wide)||20-21||7.5||258|