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.

Associated British Port’s Port of Southampton was pleased to welcome a visit from Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer and Labour’s Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves on Monday 17th June.

Sir Keir and Rachel were briefed on the business of the port, the UK’s leading gateway for deep sea trade with the world, by ABP’s CEO Henrik L. Pedersen and the Director for Southampton Alastair Welch. The briefing also highlighted ABP’s ambitious plans for sustainable development both to keep Britain trading and to enable the energy transition.

Sir Keir and Rachel were also able to meet with union representatives, had a tour of the recently opened £17.5 million ABP / Solent Stevedores new rail freight terminal and then held a wide ranging question and answer session with staff from right across the Port of Southampton.

Alastair Welch, ABP’s Regional Director for Southampton, said “It was a pleasure to welcome Sir Keir and Rachel to the Port of Southampton and brief them about the UK’s leading gateway for deep sea trade and Europe’s #1 cruise turnaround port. They were impressed by the scale of the operation and our ambitions for sustainable development. Our employees were great ambassadors for the Port and Southampton.”