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Ipswich has been an important trading port for its entire history. Despite the vast difference in the way we live today compared to those pre-Roman times, the UK still imports and exports vast quantities of goods by sea through ports like Ipswich, although these days using ships that would dwarf even the mightiest Roman galleys.

The port of Ipswich, 12 miles from the open sea along the River Orwell, is one of 21 ports operated by Associated British Ports (ABP). ABP handles over 90 million tonnes of cargo every year, helping to support over 80,000 jobs across the UK from Troon in Scotland to Plymouth in Devon.

The port of Ipswich is particularly well connected, being close to North Sea shipping lanes on the seaward side, and to major trunk roads and rail connections on land. The port handles 3 million tonnes of cargo every year, much of it bulk raw materials like bricks, cement, timber and aggregates, and is in fact also the UK’s biggest grain export port.

ABP are capable of handling a vast array of cargo thanks to their experience a,d modern port facilities, which at Ipswich include:

  • Over 16,000 sq m of covered warehousing
  • Three aggregates terminals
  • New £2m purpose-built Dry Bulks shed
  • State-of-the-art timber treatment centre
  • Container terminal equipped with 40-tonne capacity crane and rail-mounted gantries
  • Plant, equipment, and weighbridges to cater for heavy-lift and project cargoes
  • Roro facilities at the West Bank Terminal

ABP are also committed to the local environment in and around their ports, most of which are located in conservation areas. For example, the recently-built Dry Bulks Shed at Ipswich is lit by solar panels and LED lights to reduce the carbon footprint, and all ABP’s ports use green electricity bought from the grid or created on-site.

ABP are rightly proud of their business and the vital role they play in the global supply chain that keeps many British business running.

Ipswich Haven Marina

A more recent addition to Ipswich’s historic waterfront is Ipswich Haven Marina, where over 300 yachts and leisure vessels of various sizes float calmly at their moorings, providing an attractive backdrop to the Waterfront’s bustling on-shore activities.

It’s hard to imagine a more convenient location for any boat owner to tie up – the marina is at the heart of Ipswich’s regenerated Waterfront and only minutes from a wide range of restaurants, cafes, shops, cinemas, museums and parks. Only 10 minutes walk away is the main station with links to London, Cambridge, Norwich and Harwich.

Even locals are probably unaware that the marina is actually owned and managed by ABP, and is essentially part of the port of Ipswich - probably the only part most people ever see!

The marina offers excellent facilities for its customers, including:

  • 320 fully serviced berths of up to 20 metres, with plenty of manoeuvring space
  • 30 visitors’ berths
  • Launderettes and three new high quality toilet/shower blocks with disabled access
  • 70 tonne WISE boat hoist for those essential repairs
  • Diesel and gas sales
  • Recycling and refuse facilities, waste oil and battery disposal
  • Security for the site including CCTV and manned patrols
  • Wi-fi available
  • Large car park

The management team work hard to make sure the marina is a welcoming and well-equipped place for their customers and the 2000+ visitors who use the marina every year; in fact Ipswich Haven Marina has held the top award for yacht harbours of “5 Gold Anchors” since 2005.

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