The Port of Ipswich, situated at the head of the River Orwell and 12 miles from the open sea, is within a short sailing time from the North Sea shipping lanes. The major trunk roads A14 and A12 are both within easy reach and have connections to the M1 and M25 respectively. The port also has an active rail line at its West Bank.

To download a pdf of the Port of Ipswich port plan, please click here.


  • Cliff Quay Container Terminal is equipped with a 40-tonne capacity crane and rail-mounted gantries

  • Container lines can take advantage of adjacent warehousing for distribution services

Dry bulks

  • The port handles aggregates, grain, animal feed, fertilisers, and cement

  • ABP's Coldock Terminal offers over 16,000 sq m of covered warehousing

  • The port has three aggregates terminals

Forest products

  • Ipswich handles around 200,000 cu m per annum of various timber products from Scandinavia and the Baltic States

  • State-of-the-art timber-treatment centre offers chromium- and arsenic-free wood-preservative

General cargo

  • Considerable experience in general-cargo handling

  • The port has plant, equipment, and weighbridges to cater for heavy-lift and project cargoes

  • The port offers three sailings per month to and from the Caribbean, and a monthly sailing to Famagusta (Cyprus)


  • The port's roro facilities are located at the West Bank Terminal

Key statistics and berthing information

  • Handles around 3 million tonnes each year

  • Total port acreage = 275 acres


Normal acceptance dimension of vessels
Dock, Jetty or Quay
Quay length
Depth of Water
Approx. dwt
Wet Dock
1,176 m
Up to 5.5 m
90 m
13.8 m
5.5 m
Cliff Quay
1,215 m
8.4 m
155 m
No restriction
8.4 m
West Bank
320 m
7.0 m
150 m
No restriction
7.0 m

Port Office, Old Custom House

Key Street, Ipswich

Suffolk, IP4 1BY

Tel: +44(0)1473 231 010