Record fertiliser volumes arrive at ABP Ipswich

Record fertiliser volumes arrive at ABP Ipswich

30.11.2021 | Ports

Record fertiliser volumes arrive at ABP Ipswich

Port of Ipswich plays an integral role in the supply of fertiliser to the region’s farmers.

Amid the current shortage of nitrogen fertiliser, ABP’s Port of Ipswich is bucking the trend and seeing record amounts arrive at its shores. In October alone, seven vessels (four dry bulk and three tankers) carrying 59,450 metric tonnes of fertiliser safely came through the port; up from 5,452 metric tonnes in October 2020. Last month also saw the port’s largest single fertiliser cargo received to date.

2021 has born witness to strong demand for fertiliser and low supply. The situation was made worse in September when Britain’s two nitrogen fertiliser plants closed.

Dave Blackmore, Director at Ameropa, the global expert in agricultural business practices commented:

“Ameropa are delighted to work with our contract partners in bringing a record-breaking cargo of fertiliser to Ipswich. We’d like to thank the ABP stevedoring team for their attention to detail in discharging our vessel in good time and with great care.

“Being able to ship such quantities helps all involved in providing a competitive and essential fertiliser for the UK farming community.”

Andrew Butler – Commercial Director, South at Omex said:

“Market conditions this year have been particularly difficult for fertiliser suppliers, however, OMEX are committed to UK agriculture and our team are working tirelessly to ensure we have a high-quality product available for our customers throughout the Spring season. Our latest record deliveries into ABP Ipswich mark a number of record achievements for OMEX, as the UK’s largest-ever vessel of liquid fertiliser arrived at ABP Immingham in September. Our distribution hubs are located strategically around the UK, with help from ports such as ABP, to ensure the farmer gets what they need when they need it.”

Paul Ager Divisional Port Manager East Coast said:

“I am pleased that the Port of Ipswich is playing an integral role in the supply of fertiliser to our farmers. We are ideally located to support Britain’s breadbasket, and I hope this goes some way of returning confidence for a strong spring yield.”

The Port of Ipswich is typically better known as the UK’s leading grain export port but recently fertiliser imports have taken over as the main activities onsite. British supply is slowly returning but ABP ports will no doubt continue to handle large volumes of fertiliser for the foreseeable future and support the British farming industry.

Port of Felixstowe makes significant Decarbonisation Investment

Port of Felixstowe makes significant Decarbonisation Investment

16.11.2021 | Ports

Port of Felixstowe makes significant Decarbonisation Investment

Carbon footprint reduced by 30% since 2015.

Following COP26 in Glasgow, Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe has announced a major investment in new equipment to help decarbonise its operations. The UK’s largest container port has placed orders for 48 battery-powered terminal tractors, and 17 zero-emission Remote controlled Electric Rubber-Tyred Gantry cranes (ReARTGs).

The new two-wheel-drive tractor units, supplied by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co Ltd (ZPMC), will be the first electric tractors at the UK’s largest container port. ZPMC is working with their partner Shacman to develop the battery-powered tractor units.

The ReARTGs, fitted with the latest semi-automation technology, will be supplied by Konecranes Finland.
Commenting on the investment, Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Felixstowe, said:

“This order represents the latest part of our plan to reduce the environmental impact of our operations. In total, replacing 48 diesel-powered tractor units and 17 conventional RTGs with new electrical equipment will save 6,662 tonnes of CO2 and 59.38 tonnes of NOx emissions every year.

“We have reduced our carbon footprint by 30% since 2015. That has been achieved through a range of measures, including the first phase of our programme to phase out diesel-powered yard cranes. These latest acquisitions will help drive further substantial reductions in the future and help us to reach our target of a further 20% reduction over the next five years.”

Clemence Cheng, Managing Director Hutchison Ports Europe and joint chair of Hutchison Ports Group Sustainability Committee commented:

“Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time, and Hutchison Ports is committed to playing its part by minimising the impact of port operations on the environment. Promoting a culture of technological innovation and the adoption of alternative fuels is a key strand of our strategy. This investment takes us another step nearer to our goal.”

To support the use of the new equipment, the port will be upgrading its High Voltage (HV) electrical power distribution network and installing new electrical infrastructure to support the ReARTGs and ten charging stations for the battery-powered terminal tractors.

The port is examining ways to build on the steps it has already taken to eventually reach net-zero. It is working with partners, including Ryse Hydrogen, to explore the use of hydrogen-powered port equipment, and with Cranfield University, Sizewell C and EDF, the Port of Felixstowe is involved in one of the projects selected to receive support from the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition. The project involves a feasibility study into the potential for Freeport East, which includes the ports of Felixstowe and Harwich International, to become a net-zero port and a net-zero energy hub for third parties and the adjacent region.

The Port of Felixstowe has ordered 17 new remote controlled electric rubber-tyred gantry cranes and 48 electric terminal tractors

Milestone reached for ABP’s £25 million development for the offshore wind industry

Milestone reached for ABP’s £25 million development for the offshore wind industry

16.11.2021 | Ports

Milestone reached for ABP’s £25 million development for the offshore wind industry

Lowestoft Eastern Energy Facility will support more renewable, clean energy production and bring hundreds of jobs to the region.

This week, Associated British Ports (ABP) welcomed the news that the Marine Management Organisation has given consent for ABP’s £25 million development of the Lowestoft Eastern Energy Facility (LEEF). This will enable the Port of Lowestoft to support the offshore wind sector in achieving the Government’s target of 40GW of offshore wind energy by 2030 and will have a profound, positive economic impact on the region. Following East Suffolk Council’s approval for the land-side elements, ABP has the necessary permissions to progress the development.

ABP’s strategically located ports have a proven track record of investment and delivery to support the offshore wind industry. ABP’s Port of Grimsby is the largest base for offshore wind operations and maintenance (O&M) activity globally, and ABP’s Port of Barrow in Furness also hosts the largest number of O&M facilities on the West Coast UK in a single port location. ABP’s development at Lowestoft builds upon this, as well as the success of ABP’s £310 million offshore wind manufacturing facility at Green Port Hull, a joint investment with Siemens Gamesa, which has helped to accelerate the growth of offshore wind energy generation and secure supply chain benefits for the local economy.

The LEEF development will create more quayside space and deeper water allowing for three O&M vessels to use the berth simultaneously, and new offices and additional facilities for Crew Transfer Vessels. This work will be done alongside the retention and improvement of fish landing sites to continue supporting the local fishing industry.

Andrew Harston, Regional Director, ABP, said:

“At ABP, we are proud to be investing boldly in infrastructure to enable the UK’s strategy for decarbonisation and the use of renewable and clean energy. With over 30 years of experience in providing O&M for the offshore wind industry, we are proud to play our part in supporting its rapid growth. Not only will our LEEF development support the increased production of more renewable, clean energy, but it will also bring hundreds of new jobs, investment and interest in the region.”

ABP remains fully committed to supporting the growth of the offshore wind industry and the local economy and looks forward to beginning the work on the state-of-the-art facilities at Lowestoft in 2022.

Image: Artist’s impression of LEEF (Lowestoft Eastern Energy Facility). 

Image: Artist's impression of LEEF (Lowestoft Eastern Energy Facility)

Game-changing electric cranes ordered for Port of Ipswich

Game-changing electric cranes ordered for Port of Ipswich

15.11.2021 | Ports

Game-changing electric cranes ordered for ABP Port of Ipswich

ABP plans to decarbonise its ports with greener operations. 

Associated British Ports (ABP) has announced that its blue cranes at the Port of Ipswich will soon be turning green. A new supply contract with Cooper Specialised Handling has been agreed upon, which will deliver some of the first fully mains electric powered hydraulic cranes in the UK to the Port. ABP has already reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 35% since 2014, and this £4 million investment is another step in ABP’s mission to reduce CO2 emissions and energy consumption. The company expects all cargo handling operations at the Port of Ipswich to be fully electrified within five years.

The Mantsinen model 95ER is the model destined for use at the Port of Ipswich. It has been configured around the specific workings of the port operation. To enhance efficiencies, each machine will be supplied with innovative insight reporting systems that can further reduce energy. This model will replace the diesel-powered version and will improve ABP’s cargo handling service to its customers.

The Port already has some 4,000 solar panels installed onsite, generating sufficient energy to power the two new cranes. ABP has also invested in an electricity sub-station infrastructure that is future-proofed to accommodate up to four electric-powered cranes working concurrently on the same quay.

Commenting on behalf of ABP Paul Ager Divisional Port Manager East Coast said:

“This investment shows that going green does not cost the earth. In addition to reducing our CO2 footprint, we estimate that these electric cranes will save in excess of 40% in energy costs. The electrification of our cranes will also significantly reduce noise emissions.

“At ABP, we have firm plans to decarbonise our ports. We know greener operations is
important to our customers too, and we are listening.”

Speaking on behalf of Cooper Specialised Handling, Executive Director, David Cooper commented:

“This is truly a landmark supply, and hope this is the first of many. We congratulate ABP on
their foresight and vision in opting for electric power. We have noticed a significant increase in interest in both direct electric power and Mantsinen’s dual power (electric and diesel in one machine) however, infrastructure costs become a barrier that often thwarts further investment. ABP have tackled this head-on and will feel the cost and environmental benefits in the years ahead.”

The new units are expected to enter service in Spring 2022.



2.11.2021 | Ports


New distribution hub at London Gateway planned for October 2022.

DP World announces that OASIS Group has become the latest business to locate at its rapidly expanding port-centric logistics park at London Gateway.

Situated on the doorstep of Europe’s largest consumer market and given a further boost by London Gateway being a central pillar of Thames Freeport, the 108,973 sq ft warehouse will be taken on a long-term lease by OASIS Group, which provides information management services to clients across the UK and Europe.

The news marks the latest in a series of major steps forward for London Gateway, owned by the leading global logistics provider DP World and one of the UK’s largest privately funded infrastructure projects in the last 30 years. It has seen unprecedented levels of interest from potential customers since its freeport status was announced in March this year and in June DHL, one of the world’s leading contract logistics providers started construction of the largest warehouse to date on the park.

Ernst Schulze, UK Chief Executive of DP World, said: “We are delighted to welcome OASIS Group to our port-centric logistics park at London Gateway which is home to supply chain solutions, high-quality warehousing and light manufacturing. It also has outstanding road links and access to an adjacent rail terminal.”

“DP World in the UK is at the heart of Britain’s trading future, providing the right trading infrastructure, smart logistical solutions and the benefits of freeport status to our customers. We believe in the UK market and have the ambition and the resources to boost growth, support businesses, create jobs and improve living standards.”

Conan Wade, Group Property and Facilities Director at OASIS Group, added: “We are delighted to take this new facility at DP World’s London Gateway Logistics Park. This is an excellent opportunity to expand our information management business, whilst supporting our ambitious environmental goals. We are attracted by the 21m clear internal height – which allows for greater operational efficiencies and deployment of optimised racking systems; whilst the rainwater harvesting system, extensive solar panels and bespoke electric vehicle charging all support our ESG strategy.

Like all other warehouses at London Gateway, the OASIS Group distribution hub will be built to BREEAM ‘outstanding’ – the world’s leading sustainability standard for building construction. Work will begin in the spring and is scheduled to be completed by October next year.

Pole to Pole Meet at Harwich International

Pole to Pole Meet at Harwich International

2.11.2021 | Ports

Pole to Pole Meet at Harwich International

Polar cruise vessels MS Maud and RRS Sir David Attenborough pass in the night.

Hutchison Ports Harwich International has welcomed the first call of MS Maud, the polar cruise vessel operated by Norwegian company Hurtigruten Group. The ship is named after one of the most famous polar vessels of all time, and the original “Maud” took explorer Roald Amundsen on his second expedition to the Arctic in 1917.

Returning from a 14-night cruise of Norway, during which time it visited the Arctic Circle, MS Maud was in port at the same time as the British Antarctic Survey’s new vessel, the RRS Sir David Attenborough.

Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports UK, owners of Harwich International, commented, “We are delighted to welcome MS Maud on its first call to Harwich International, and we look forward to many future visits. Having the RSS Sir David Attenborough in port at the same time provides a nice moment of symmetry – one regular Arctic visitor and one ship about to sail on its first voyage to the Antarctic. Both are extraordinary vessels that will have the privilege to visit some of the remotest parts of the planet.”

The Sir David Attenborough was in Harwich until the 27th of October when it set sail to London to become the centre point of the British Antarctic Survey’s showcase of polar environmental science, engineering, and technology, to coincide with the UN COP26 climate talks in Glasgow.

The MS Maud is powered by environmentally certified Biofuel, made from waste produced from industries such as fishing, and mixed with marine gasoil to reduce Carbon Dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and sulphur oxide emissions. It called at Stavanger, Ålesund, Brønnøysund, Reine, Svolvær, Tromsø, Honningsvåg, Finnsnes, Kristiansund, Molde and Bergen before arriving at Harwich International and its meeting with the Sir David Attenborough.

MS Maud