Royal visitor gets taste of life at Southampton’s port

July 3, 2014

ABP Port of Southampton recently welcomed a royal guest as Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, visited the Port.

The Earl was given a guided tour by ABP Director Southampton, Nick Ridehalgh, and met with staff from some of the many companies based at the port including representatives from Carnival UK, Solent Stevedores and Channel Island Lines. 

During his time at the port Prince Edward visited the Port’s Ocean Cruise Terminal and the Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) control room, where marine staff work 24/7 in order to ensure the safety of some of the world’s largest vessels when arriving and departing the Port.

Nick Ridehalgh said: “It was an honour to welcome the Earl to ABP Southampton and to be able to provide him with an insight into the many businesses and people that make Southampton one of the UK’s premier ports. He has a real interest in UK and global trade and fully appreciated the vital importance of the Port to both the regional and national economy as it contributes in excess of £1 billion in GVA and supports some 15,000 jobs’.

Southampton’s port is no stranger to royal visitors. In May, the Port welcomed The Duke of Edinburgh who attended the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Queen Mary 2 and last year Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge, visited to name the cruise vessel Royal Princess.

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