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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.

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ABP is at the heart of cruise travel in Europe. Leading cruise operators, including Aida, Azamara, Celebrity Cruises, Cunard, Disney Cruise Line, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, P&O Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean and Saga Cruises are all frequent visitors to ABP’s Port of Southampton.

Other ABP ports that welcome cruise vessels include: Teignmouth, Plymouth, Newport, Cardiff, Swansea, Barrow, Ayr, Troon, Hull, Lowestoft and Ipswich.

Southampton is Europe's leading turnaround cruise port and was voted Best Port at the 2021 Wave Awards and Port of Year at the 2021 Seatrade Cruise Awards.

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

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At the forefront of the future of cruise

Five world-class cruise terminals

The Port of Southampton boasts five world-class cruise terminals.

The ports newest terminal, the £55m Horizon Cruise Terminal, is open access and welcomed its first passengers in July 2021.

Horizon Cruise Terminal is home to the UK’s first shore power facility for cruise ships, due to be commissioned by Summer 2022. The terminal has 2,234 roof-mounted solar panels, generating more energy than it uses.

A second shore power connection will be located at the port’s Mayflower Cruise Terminal soon.

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 turnaround port. The terminal opens further opportunities for cruise operators to operate through Southampton.

Delivering for our customers

At Southampton and our 11 other locations, ABP offers unrivalled port services and forward planning.

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 five cruise terminals, ABP has a wealth of expertise in providing first-rate services for cruise operators and their customers. 

ABP’s teams are proud to deliver a seamless experience and a warm welcome for cruise lines and passengers. We pride ourselves on providing an unrivalled 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.

The port of Hull provides 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. In Wales, our ports offer passengers direct access to its three major cities and the best of the Brecon Beacons and Gower Peninsular. 

The ports of Plymouth and Teignmouth are the gateway to Devon and Cornwall, while Lowestoft and Ipswich’s ideal location on the East Coast offer access to a wealth of attractions in East Anglia.

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