Port of Ipswich and Ipswich Wet Dock attract over 25,000 visitors in 2015

January 21, 2016

ABP welcomed more than 25,000 visitors to the marina facilities and Wet Dock in the heart of Port of Ipswich last year, marking a strong growth in people using the excellent facilities and enjoying the Ipswich Waterfront experience.

The Ipswich Haven Marina, owned by ABP, saw a nine per cent increase in visiting yachts from 2014. Of the total 5,300 yachts to sail into Ipswich, 4,800 visited the Haven Marina.

Ipswich Haven Marina manager, Linda Pipe said: “The Ipswich Haven Marina has been a five Gold Anchor marina since 2005 and we pride ourselves on being able to provide a warm and friendly service to the many crews and sailing clubs, as well as our year-round berth holders and visiting yachts.

“The numbers of yachts sailing into the marina in 2015 speak for themselves, and we look forward to welcoming even more yachts in 2016.”

It was an eventful year in Ipswich in 2015. More than 4,000 people sailed on the iconic Thames barges, including the barge Victor which celebrated her 120th birthday last year. The Port of Ipswich also hosted a number of traditional sailing ship visits, including the Stavros S Niarchos, operated by the Tall Ships Youth Trust.

The port also played a major role in the town’s Maritime Festival which saw more than 50,000 visitors on the waterfront. During the festival, ABP opened its doors at Old Custom House to the public for the very first time. Around 4,000 people were given a rare opportunity to see how the Port of Ipswich operates.

ABP Short Sea Ports Director, Andrew Harston, said: “Events like the Maritime Festival are a great platform for locals and visitors alike to learn about what we do, and our role in the Suffolk community and economy.

“We hope to see just as many visitors to the waterfront in 2016, if not more, so we can showcase Ipswich to the wider community.”