Local community group explores ABP’s Port of Teignmouth

June 29, 2017

Image caption: Members of The Lustleigh Society enjoying a tour of the Port of Teignmouth

Members of The Lustleigh Society, a local community group, enjoyed an exclusive tour of the Port of Teignmouth to find out more about its history and operations.

As part of their tour, visitors were given a presentation by the Port Manager, Alex Chinchen on how port facilities and procedures related to safety at work have evolved throughout the years. Teignmouth Harbour Commission’s Chief Executive and Harbour Master, Commander David Vaughan OBE, also spoke about how
ABP and the Harbour Commission collaborate to ensure the smooth running of port operations.

Commander David Vaughan OBE, said: “Both ABP and the Harbour Commission have a collective commitment in the safe and successful operation of the port and harbour. This is possible due to our close working relationship and collaboration in both the modernising of the port facilities as well as the significant investment in navigation with the deepening of the channel to accommodate the newer build short sea ships.

“Visits by groups like the Lustleigh Society help enormously in raising awareness about the valuable assets our port and harbour are for Teignbridge community. Improved economies of scale are adding to the viability of the port which is now attracting additional tonnage throughput.”

The presentation was followed by a guided tour around the port’s facilities, during which members of the Society could ask questions and experience up close a large animal feed-carrying ship as well as one of ABP’s newest Mantsinen cranes, representing an £850,000 investment in the port.

Jeremy Grammer, Member of The Lustleigh Society, said: "The port and harbour are valuable community assets and are recognised as having some of the best facilities among short sea ports in the UK thanks to the future proofing investments made by both ABP and the Teignmouth Harbour Commission.

“This was a tremendous opportunity for our members to gain an insight into the seven day a week operation of the port. We also developed an appreciation of the range of bulk cargoes handled there, which are key to the local economy and contribute to the reduction of heavy transport on the road network.

“Now we can spread the message of the importance and value of this whole operation across the local community.”

Together with the Port of Plymouth, ABP’s ports in the Southwest contribute over £75 million to the region’s economy every year and support more than 1,113 local jobs.

Alex Chinchen, ABP Divisional Port Manager, Southwest Coast, said: “We are always prepared to open our port to members of the neighbouring community so that they can learn more about how we support the local economy and keep Britain trading.

“Each year the Port of Teignmouth handles in the region of 400,000 tonnes of bulk cargo, supporting a wide network of local farmers and businesses.”