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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.


ABP DevCo creates value from non-port-related development of underutilised land by working collaboratively with stakeholders.

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Rebekah Keeler

ABP is at the heart of cruise travel in Europe. Leading cruise operators, including P&O Cruises, Cunard Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Fred Olsen Cruise Line, Saga Holidays, MSC Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Lines are all frequent visitors to ABP’s Port of Southampton. Other ABP ports welcoming cruise vessels include: Hull, Plymouth, Barrow, Ayr, Troon, Cardiff and Swansea.


Southampton is Europe's leading turnaround cruise port and was voted the UK’s best cruise departure port by Cruise Critic UK for nine years running.

Our ports have a proud history serving the cruise sector and thanks to our investment, ABP continues to offer the capability and expertise to deliver the best solutions for our customers.

Southampton typically welcomes around 2 million passengers each year to the port, generating around £2 million for the economy on each visit.

In Southampton, we offer convenient car-parking in the port for our cruise customers.  Please visit www.abparking.co.uk for further information.

Our 10 other cruise ports offer a warm welcome for cruise passengers and access to an exciting range of destinations all around Britain.

At the forefront of the future of cruise

The Port of Southampton boasts four world-class terminals, with a fifth cruise terminal under construction, which is set to be open in time for the summer 2021 season.

The port’s newest terminal will be open access and has sustainability built into the design.

The terminal will feature Shore Power connectivity as well as 2,234 roof-mounted solar panels generating 7000,000 kWh and saving 190 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.

This significant step towards supporting sustainable cruising supports this developing part of the industry, and strengthens the port’s position as Europe’s leading cruise turn-around port. The terminal opens further opportunities for cruise operators to operate through Southampton.

Delivering for our customers

At Southampton and our 10 other locations, ABP offers unrivalled port services and forward planning.

Southampton was voted best cruise departure port by Cruise Critic UK for nine consecutive years. A strategic location on the UK’s south coast, with excellent transport infrastructure, working partnerships and over 3,000 hotel beds in the city and surrounding areas, ensures Southampton is the premier venue for cruise lines to showcase their vessels to the UK and overseas markets.

With extensive car parking and door-to-port rail services, the Port of Southampton serves around 2 million passengers each year across its dedicated cruise terminals.

With four world-class, up-to-date terminals – and with a fifth terminal under construction and set to open for the summer 2021 season – ABP has a wealth of experience and expertise in providing first-rate services for cruise operators.

The Port of Southampton is home to four world-class cruise terminals – with a fifth terminal under construction and set to open for summer 2021 season - along with a wealth of experience and expertise in providing unrivalled services for cruise operators.

ABP’s teams are proud to deliver a seamless experience and a warm welcome for cruise lines and we pride ourselves on delivering end-to-end service that goes beyond the port itself.

Our cruise ports are in tune with the requirements of the cruise industry and ABP is constantly developing facilities and processes to accommodate the changing shape and size of tomorrow’s cruise ships and all that their passengers will require.

If you would like to find out more about how ABP can help your business please get in touch with our sector expert, Rebekah Keeler.


ABP’s cruise ports offer unparalleled proximity and connections to some of Britain’s most popular tourist sites.

The Port of Southampton is the gateway to the South of England with access to the historic South Coast and connections to London. The ports of Ayr and Troon in Scotland provide access to some of the world’s best golf courses and Scotland’s rugged countryside.

Our ports on the Humber provide access to the Yorkshire Dales and the North East, whilst the world-famous Lake District is within easy reach of the Port of Barrow in the North West.

ABP welcomes around
2 million Cruise passengers per year across our ports
ABP has
11 Cruise destinations within its network
Contribution to the UK economy
£2 million per cruise visit to Southampton