Concrete plans for Brett at ABP’s Port of Ipswich

Concrete plans for Brett at ABP’s Port of Ipswich

11.5.2022 | Ports

Concrete plans for Brett at ABP’s Port of Ipswich

Sand and gravel producer extends operations and its partnership with Suffolk port.

Associated British Ports (ABP) the UK’s leading ports group has concluded a new, long-term agreement with the UK’s largest independent producer of sand and gravel, Brett Aggregates, at the Port of Ipswich. Brett Aggregates already has a well-established depot at the West Bank Terminal within the Docks. The new agreement will mean an increased footprint at the port to support its growth plans.

The aggregates arrive by ship at the Port of Ipswich and are then stored and processed for use in on-site concrete manufacture and delivered by road or rail to other construction projects in and around the South East.

Attracted by the port’s strategic location to support its existing customer base and potential new ones, Brett Aggregates has seen record-breaking tonnage levels of product at the Port of Ipswich in recent years and is looking positively to the future.

Olly Brown Brett Group Development Director said: “Brett is delighted to have secured additional land at Ipswich Port as part of this long-term agreement. Our Ipswich operation has been a vital part of the local aggregate supply to the Ipswich market for 30 years, and this new agreement ensures we will be able to meet the local market needs for the next 30 plus years. With our close proximity to marine licences off the East Coast and the rail connection, our Ipswich facility is ideal for meeting not only local demand but also supplying the wider market by rail, reducing the carbon footprint of supplying these essential building materials.”

Paul Ager, Divisional Port Manager said: “We are delighted that Brett has chosen to extend its operations at the Port of Ipswich, and we are really proud of this partnership. Ipswich has become a key Port for aggregates and plays a vital role in the regional construction and infrastructure development sector. We look forward to continuing to support Brett’s growth ambitions in the future.” 

Energy logistics provider solidifies base at Lowestoft

Energy logistics provider solidifies base at Lowestoft

27.4.2022 | Ports

Energy logistics provider solidifies base at Lowestoft

Peterson signs a 1.5-acre deal on the north side of ABP’s Lowestoft site.

In this issue of Porttalk, we bring two stories from innovative port group, ABP.

Firstly, the UK’s leading ports group has concluded a new, long-term agreement with international energy logistics provider Peterson. Taking over circa 1.5 acres on the northern side of the port, Peterson will see its operational and logistics base located in Lowestoft extended to 2030.

Attracted by the port’s ideal location to support its current customer base and potential new ones, Peterson first arrived at the Port of Lowestoft in 2018.

Jason Hendry, Managing Director for England and Renewables Strategy at Peterson, said: “Following three successful years at the Port of Lowestoft, we are delighted to extend our agreement with ABP.

“With a focus on the delivery of safe and efficient logistics services from modern facilities, this partnership has helped our Lowestoft business grow, and we look forward to furthering success in the years ahead as we support the energy transition and low carbon industries in the region.”

Paul Ager, Divisional Port Manager, adds: “We are delighted that Peterson has chosen ABP Lowestoft to continue its operations, and we look forward to continuing partnership working.

“When Peterson first arrived at the Port, we made a firm commitment to support their growth ambitions. I am really pleased we have been able to deliver on this assurance and that the Port of Lowestoft is not only supporting the offshore energy industry’s current demands but also their future needs.”

The Port of Lowestoft is expanding its provision of services to the offshore energy industry and last year launched its £25 million development of Lowestoft Eastern Energy Facility (LEEF). ABP’s ambitious plans and continued investments will ensure its Port of Lowestoft continues to be best in class, attracting new business to the region and creating hundreds of new jobs.

Secondly, the pioneering port group has confirmed its status as the first UK port operator to provide a new range of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) workwear with an SA8000 certification of social responsibility. Working in partnership with ARCO, experts in safety, and MASCOT workwear, who share ABP’s commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the new fully certified PPE workwear was successfully trialled by a network of ABP’s female colleagues in a variety of roles across Britain.

Achieving a first for the second time in terms of PPE workwear for the industry (ABP was the first UK port operator to offer specialised women’s PPE in 2019), the range was designed to improve safety through a better fit. It includes more comfortable designs for women and maternity-focused products that can be ordered as a special measure item.

The launch of ABP’s new MASCOT PPE workwear, manufactured using the highest quality materials available and in award-winning production facilities with SA8000 certification, aligns with ABP’s commitment to its social responsibility to its staff and minimising its impact on the environment, ensuring a more sustainable future. The MASCOT PPE workwear carries Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, the best-known label for textiles tested for harmful substances. The Oeko-Tex® label means that products have been tested and approved for zero content of health-hazardous or presumed health-hazardous chemicals and dyes.

Alan Tinline, ABP’s Group Head of Health, Safety & Environment, says: “We’re proud to pioneer this new PPE workwear at ABP and achieve another first for the industry, leading the way towards a greener, cleaner future. It is one of many plans we have in progress to help achieve our sustainability goals at ABP. We look forward to seeing all our colleagues adopt this new PPE workwear as it is rolled out.”

Construction commences at Freeport East

Construction commences at Freeport East

26.4.2022 | Ports

Construction commences at Freeport East

Construction gets underway at Gateway14.

Construction of the first phase of Freeport East began today with a ‘ground-breaking’ ceremony in which Mid Suffolk District Council leader Cllr Suzie Morley put the first spade in the ground on the Gateway 14 development. Gateway 14 is one of three tax sites within Freeport East which are set to create hundreds of jobs for the area, boost the local economy and attract investment into the region.

George Kieffer, Acting Chairman of Freeport East, said:

“Freeport East is a transformational initiative providing a total of 275 hectares of development opportunities in an area around the ports of Felixstowe and Harwich. Freeport status will attract new and additional investment in world-leading infrastructure and innovation, driving the Green Industrial Revolution and providing extensive re-skilling and up-skilling opportunities to transform the life chances of thousands of people. Today’s ground-breaking ceremony represents the first tangible step on this exciting journey.”

The Gateway 14 development, which is being undertaken by Gateway 14 Ltd (wholly owned by Mid Suffolk District Council) and development manager, Jaynic, will provide a new base for manufacturing, logistics and R&D businesses as well as providing innovation space for smaller and start-up businesses.

Cllr Suzie Morley, Mid Suffolk District Council leader, said:

“This is a hugely important development for Mid Suffolk and the wider region. Gateway 14 has the potential to not only attract businesses to the area but also create a range of employment opportunities in the district. It is a key part of our vision in building a thriving and sustainable future for the residents and communities of Mid Suffolk.”

Freeport status provides businesses with a range of benefits, including a suite of tax reliefs and simplified customs arrangements. Freeport East includes two other tax sites at the Port of Felixstowe and Harwich International Port, and four customs sites.

Located close to junction 50 of the A14 near Stowmarket, the 67-hectare Gateway 14 development is designed to a high specification with sustainability at the centre with features such as EV charging, LED lighting, solar PV, smart energy systems and rainwater harvesting. The development will meet a minimum Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating of Very Good and excellent wherever possible.

Accessibility through and around the development is a key feature, with significant walking and cycling routes being integrated along with access to public transport links and local amenities.

Biodiversity on the site is also a priority, with high-quality landscaping, green corridors, and nesting boxes being introduced across the site to support the wildlife and ecology and create a vibrant, attractive and healthy working environment for employees.

The infrastructure contract worth £6.4m was recently awarded to Jackson Civil Engineering Ltd and is expected to be completed by early 2023. This includes building the new main estate road from the roundabout on the A1120, providing direct access into the development, the installation of a new toucan pedestrian crossing on the A1120 to the retail development on the opposite side of the road; gas, water and electricity mains, foul and drainage water, footpaths, and cycle lanes, the stopping up of Mill Lane and a bund to the Clamps Farm boundary.

Gateway 14 offers a prime location for manufacturing and logistics with its position along the A14 providing easy access to Ipswich, Cambridge, the Midlands, and the Port of Felixstowe.

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Academic tie-up to improve port innovation

Academic tie-up to improve port innovation

5.4.2022 | Ports

Academic tie-up to improve port innovation

UK-first as management school and port operator work on net-zero. Academics and businesses to share expertise in fight to reduce carbon emissions

Peel Ports Group, one of the largest port operators in the UK, has entered into a partnership with the University of Liverpool’s Management School to enhance its newly-formed Innovation Forum.

The Forum aims to answer some of the port operator’s most challenging questions in its effort to reduce carbon emissions, and as part of its commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2040.

The University’s Management School will now become a key partner in Peel Ports’ Innovation Forum, which also looks to bring together a broad range of suppliers including start-ups, entrepreneurs and consultants to explore the biggest issues in accessing and purchasing carbon-neutral solutions for the group’s seven sites across the UK and Ireland.

In what is understood to be industry-first for any UK port operator, the Peel Ports’ team will raise questions and challenges with members of the Forum and ask them to source solutions or develop ideas to address these.

Previous, current and forthcoming sustainability initiatives at Peel Ports include:
• Exploring options for using water flows at docks to generate energy.
• Collecting rainwater from roofs to help maintain dock levels.
• Moving from diesel to greener alternative fuels such as hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO)
• Trialling electric-powered forklifts.
• Exploring hydrogen to power lorries.
• Using electric cranes to minimise container movements; these can also generate energy to export back to the network.
• Converting lighting to LED.
• Adding sensors and controls to reduce lighting.
• Completing a trial of recycled asphalt for resurfacing roads and working areas.

Lewis McIntyre, Managing Director – Port Services at Peel Ports Group said: “We have invested over £1.2bn on infrastructure projects over the last 10 years, and much of the focus of this investment has been on driving down carbon emissions as part of our ESG agenda.

“As an industry, we need greater collaboration in developing pilot projects and sharing knowledge. Our Innovation Forum is designed to address some of the biggest challenges in reducing carbon emissions. We will invest in the best innovation and deploy it at scale.

“This new initiative will give us the advantage we need to stay ahead whilst providing opportunities for businesses in the Liverpool City Region and beyond.”

Professor Julia Balogun, Dean at the University of Liverpool Management School said: “We are excited to be partnering with Peel Ports Group, particularly via the Innovation Forum, which will provide a framework for knowledge exchange, thought leadership and potential research collaborations with our Centre for Supply Chain Research.

“The Centre’s key research strengths are transport and logistics; agri-food supply-chains; sustainable supply chain management; agile operations; and supply chain technologies, analytics and risk, so is well placed to contribute to Peel Ports’ objectives for the future.

“The partnership will also help inform our teaching and employability initiatives, ensuring that our students are well-equipped with the skills and knowledge they’ll need to become the next generation of leaders.”

The collaboration will also include sharing insights and input to strengthen the University curricula in professional areas, as well as opportunities for graduate and student placements and apprenticeships.

In addition, the port operator will support student employability and work skills to prepare the future workforce, as well as identify opportunities to enhance the University’s research profile through projects to benefit businesses.

Join Felixstowe Port Users’ Association and get your voice heard

Join Felixstowe Port Users’ Association and get your voice heard

22.3.2022 | Ports

Join Felixstowe Port Users’ Association

FPUA confirms its membership fees frozen for 2022 

The Felixstowe Port Users’ Association (FPUA) has confirmed that there will be no increase to its annual fees to help support its affiliated members and attract new associates.

The FPUA is an inclusive membership organisation representing companies of all sizes and ownership who conduct business in or through the Port of Felixstowe. It acts in the interest of the Port community with all organisations, including affairs with the Port of Felixstowe management.

FPUA Chair Jason Flower says: “In this high-risk and ever-changing sector which has been particularly affected by Brexit, you might be asking yourself – why aren’t we members of the FPUA? We host regular meetings with numerous regulatory bodies and more; membership enables you to benefit first-hand from our two-way open dialogue. It also provides a platform for you to voice your concerns, challenges, and feedback, which forms part of our agenda.”

Established in 1969 and with a current membership of over 110 companies, the FPUA helps its members shape, understand, and meet their regulatory requirements whilst representing the port community as one collective voice.

Visit the FPUA website to find out more about becoming a member.

FPUA The Association is run by a Council, consisting of a Chair, Vice-Chair and five Category Representatives. The five categories representing the different port industry sectors are shipping lines, freight forwarders, hauliers, warehouse keepers and port-related services. The annual membership fee is £130.

Image: Courtesy of the Port of Felixstowe.

Port of Felixstowe achieves new volume benchmark

Port of Felixstowe achieves new volume benchmark

22.3.2022 | Ports

Port of Felixstowe achieves new volume benchmark

Port breaks its own record for the most containers handled on a single ship for the third time in two months.

The latest benchmark was set when a total of 27,961 TEU (standard containers) were handled on the MSC AMELIA which sailed from the port on 8 March 2022.

Prior to that 25,852 TEU had been handled on the Moscow Maersk the previous week and 23,773 TEU were handled on the MSC DILETTA on 12 January 2022. All three vessels are operated on the 2M Alliance Griffin/AE55 Far East Asia to North Europe service.

Commenting on the latest record, Robert Ashton, Chief Operating Officer at the Port of Felixstowe, said:

“The increasing size of container ships places great demand on port resources, and we are pleased with the way we have responded to this challenge. We are continuing to invest in the people, infrastructure, systems and equipment needed to service the growing number of ultra-large container ships on the world’s major trades as well as the increasing volume of containers on each ship.

“The logistics of such an operation are immense and we will continue to work closely with the 2M partners, Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) to help achieve their objectives to supply the current high demand for Far East imports to UK consumers.”

Work is underway to further increase the port’s ability to handle the world’s largest container ships. Harwich Haven Authority is dredging the main approach channel to increase the depth from 14.5 metres to 16.0 metres. Work commenced last year and is due to be completed in 2023. The port is also increasing the depth at its deep-water berths. Berth 7 was deepened to 16.5 metres and Berth 6 will also be dredged to 16.5 metres in 2022 at the same time as Berths 8&9 are increased to 18.0 metres.