Associated British Ports
Associated British Ports (ABP) is the UK’s leading port operator, with a unique network of 21 ports across England, Scotland and Wales. Our ports include Immingham, the UKs busiest port, and Southampton, the nation’s second largest and Europe’s most efficient container port, as well as the UK’s number one for cars and cruise. In 2014 ABP and its customers handled 94.5 million tonnes of cargo. Together with our customers, we support 84,000 jobs and contribute £5.6 billion to the UK economy every year.
Portsmouth International Port
Portsmouth International Port is the perfect gateway to France, Spain and the Channel Islands. The passenger terminal, opened in 2011, offers modern high standards and style in its glass and steel structure. Regular ferry services sail to Caen, Cherbourg and Le Havre in Normandy and St Malo in Brittany, with Santander and Bilbao in Spain. Regular services also sail to Jersey and Guernsey.The Port aims to be the start of a passenger holiday experience, as well as transporting goods and freight to Europe and onward travel throughout the continent.
Port of Dover
The Port of Dover is Europe’s busiest ferry port, a vital international gateway for the movement of people and trade. Other successful businesses include a cruise and cargo terminal, a top award-winning marina and several niche activities. The business mix is diverse. With millions of passengers, cars, trucks, motorcycles and buses passing through on cross-Channel ferries each year, it’s no wonder we’re known as the ‘Gateway to Europe’. Ferry crossings are on offer 24 hours a day, 364 days a year, with a departure on average every 30 minutes when taken across all operator schedules. Foot passenger services at the Ferry Terminal operate between 06.00hrs and 19.30hrs. There are two ferry operators running ships from Dover; P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways. P&O operate ferries from Dover to Calais, while DFDS Seaways offers a service to both Calais and Dunkerque. Calais and Dunkerque are convenient destinations, providing quick and efficient links into the rest of France and Belgium. Calais offers quick access via road or rail into Paris, while Dunkirk is less than an hour’s drive from Bruges in Belgium. Quite Simply: £100 billion of trade handled per annum, £320 million GVA to the UK economy per annum, 5 million vehicles per annum, which includes 2.5 million freight vehicles per annum, over 13 million passengers per annum, supporting around 22,000 jobs (many of which are in the local community), safe handling of vessel movements every 10 minutes.
Port of Poole
Poole Harbour Commissioners are a Dorset trust port, based on the South Coast of England, and manages the beautiful, environmentally renowned Poole Harbour. Poole Harbour is Europe’s largest natural harbour and hosts numerous activities, events and organisations. Poole Harbour Commissioners operate the Port of Poole which provides facilities for ferries, cruise ships, liner services and bulk cargo operations. The port has been involved with cross channel ferry traffic since 1972, handling freight and passengers from Poole to France, Spain and the Channel Islands. The port currently hosts a Brittany Ferries daily service to Cherbourg and in 2015 was appointed the exclusive UK port for Condor Ferries’ high speed services to the Jersey and Guernsey. The attractive port, spread over 70 acres, operates two linkspans and a newly refurbished ferry terminal. Poole is well connected to the national road and rail networks and has recently been awarded the Dorset Business Award for Excellence in Customer Service.