King’s Lynn and Ipswich ports record largest grain exports

September 11, 2015

ABP’s ports of King’s Lynn and Ipswich have handled record levels of grain exports.

Following extensive levels of investment in facilities, both ports enjoyed the highest tonnage of exports ever in the month of August.

A strong harvest has seen more than 47400 tonnes on behalf of customers including Fengrain and Openfield pass through King’s Lynn in August, surpassing the previous record by 715 tonnes. This follows significant investment by ABP and its customers in both storage facilities and handling equipment. As a result of this investment, handling speeds have doubled from 75 tonnes per hour, to 150 tonnes per hour.

At the Port of Ipswich, a record-breaking 119,548 tonnes of grain were exported through Ipswich Grain Terminal and Clarkson Port Services facilities, beating a previous record of 107,400 recorded in August 2003. The increase in grain exports follows a £2.2m investment in the state-of-the-art Orwell Bulk Terminal.

Nidera UK Operations Director Tim Capey said: “Our expansion and investment continues at a rapid rate reflecting the importance of Ipswich Grain Terminal to the region’s farmers as a major facility for the export of grain.

“The company is part way through a £1m investment programme. In the last year alone, we’ve invested over £500,000 in state-of-the-art intake facilities capable of handling 400 tonnes of grain an hour and a 32.5 metre mobile loading elevator to support shipside operations.”

ABP Short Sea Ports Director Andrew Harston said: “This impressive performance reaffirms both our commitment to the region and to delivering a high level of customer service. The grain season is only two months in, and we look forward to working with our customers to grow these numbers still further.

“Our investment in the East Anglian ports is continuing to reap benefits. The record numbers we have seen in August are a testament to the roles that ports play in supporting not just the region’s farmers but the wider UK economy, and underlines our commitment to keeping Britain trading.”