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.”