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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.

The Port of Southampton today welcomed local MP for Romsey and Southampton North Caroline Nokes

The MP, also Minister of State for Immigration, came to find out more about the port and how it operates as a key global gateway for British manufacturers.

She was given a tour of the port in an electric vehicle accompanied by ABP Southampton director Alastair Welch.

Caroline said: “I was very interested to hear about the work being undertaken by ABP to ensure the port continues to improve air quality and it was great to take a tour in an electric car. The port of Southampton is crucial to the success of ‘UK PLC’ and, particularly, the economy of the south of England, so I know just how important it is to support its continued prosperity.”

Director Alastair Welch said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Caroline to the port today and to be able to show her how the UK’s number one export port operates day-to-day.

“As the UK’s trading gateway to the world, we handle goods to the value of £71 billion each year and regularly welcome the world’s largest ships, some capable of carrying over 20,000 containers.”

Caroline was given a tour of the port’s Vessel Traffic Services operation room (VTS) where all shipping movements in and out of Southampton are controlled.

VTS plays a vital role in ensuring the safety of the Solent for all users large or small. ABP Southampton pilots bring in 10,000 ships a year and VTS manages 160,000 vessel movements in the Solent each year.

The port has a range of electric vehicles in use and over 50 charging points. Not only is this contributing to a more sustainable method of travel around the port but employees and visitors are also able to charge their personal vehicles for free.