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Published: 10 January 2018      

ABP Southampton upbeat for 2018

2018 looks set to be another record-breaking year at the Port of Southampton, says Associated British Ports' Director for Southampton, Alastair Welch

Following on from the success of 2017, which saw the largest vessels in the world coming to Southampton and more than 1M containers handled by the port, 2018 will see even larger mega-ships visiting.

ABP Southampton Director, Alastair Welch said: "This is set to be another important year for the port. Across automotive, cruise, containers and bulks we are anticipating another record-breaking year. We'll be working hard to ensure the port continues to deliver the best possible service for our customers, maintaining its position as the nation's gateway to the world.

“And in terms of investment, we will be spending an average of £75,000 a day on our infrastructure to meet the continuing needs of our customers."

The Port of Southampton is the UK's number one export port, handling £40B of exports every year, of which 90% are destined for countries outside the EU. The total trade handled by the port is worth some £75B.

Southampton serves as the UK's number one port for new car exports, providing British manufacturers with essential access to international markets. The port is also home to the UK's second largest container terminal and each year handles around 1M containers.

The port has invested more than £280M over the past five years, including more than £50M in new vehicle export facilities.


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