ABP supports Marchwood Port to achieve potential of the site

Other Businesses

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.

Above: The Port of Marchwood today. Copyright Solent Gateway Limited

Associated British Ports (“ABP”) has today announced an agreement to acquire Solent Gateway Ltd (“SGL”) the operator of Marchwood Port on Southampton Water. The deal is focused on delivering the vision of the Solent Gateway, with ABP’s record of port operation and investment supporting SGL’s plans for development and job creation. Today’s agreement also paves the way for development that would also substantially upgrade Marchwood’s capabilities as a defence facility serving the Ministry of Defence.

With capability to support a range of vessels, 158 acres of space zoned for port-centric logistics and existing rail connectivity the Marchwood site has significant potential. It is also part of the Solent Freeport. SGL operates Marchwood under long term agreements with the Ministry of Defence and has existing planning permission for development.

Alastair Welch, ABP Southampton Regional Director, said: “ABP’s involvement secures the investment SGL needs to realise the potential of the Marchwood site. We’ll be working with the SGL team to support their approved plans for development, supporting current jobs and delivering more skilled, well-paid jobs for the Solent region. The development of the site offers more opportunities and flexibility for new and existing users including, importantly, our Armed Forces.”

Richard Parkinson, Port Director, Solent Gateway Limited, commented: “SGL has made tremendous progress to-date in converting the Port of Marchwood into a highly attractive commercial port full of potential, and have nurtured and secured a strong and positive relationship with key stakeholders including the Ministry of Defence. Underpinned with the most recent achievements in respect to both Planning and Freeport Tax & Customs status, we are excited to embark on the next chapter of development backed by ABP.”

Henrik Pedersen, ABP CEO, added: “We are hugely excited about the strategic potential this new deal brings. It provides additional facilities and space in close proximity to the Port of Southampton, which will truly enable us to offer more solutions to customers and strengthen the region’s place as the UK’s most important export gateway, supporting jobs and industries throughout the UK.”

The Port of Southampton is already Britain’s biggest export gateway with the world, handling £71 billion of manufactured goods every year. Approximately £40 billion of these goods are for export, 90% of which are destined for markets outside the European Union.