Ipswich Haven Marina puts safety first with Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service exercise

October 31, 2017

Caption: Ipswich Haven Marina team takes part in Suffolk Fire and Rescue exercise

ABP’s Ipswich Haven Marina team has taken part in a full-day Suffolk Fire and Rescue exercise in order to improve incident response times and customer service.

As part of the exercise ABP staff took part in a series of safety scenarios including rescuing people in the water and dealing with vessel fires and other incidents quickly and efficiently.

Jon Southgate, Station Commander – Deputy District Commander at Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service, said: “We welcome the opportunity to participate in exercises like this so that stakeholders can ensure emergency procedures are fully in harmony. I’m pleased to say this one was really beneficial and can provide a reassurance to boat owners within the Marina that ABP and SFRS are fully committed to ensuring their safety.”

Having been officially opened in 2000, the Ipswich Haven Marina is today home to 320 berths and 30 dedicated visitor berths that attract almost 2000 visiting yachts annually. The marina is situated at the head of the River Orwell amidst the historic and regenerated Ipswich Waterfront with its access to a wide range of facilities and amenities.

Linda Pipe, Ipswich Haven Marina Manager, said: “Safety is our number one priority and we regularly inspect and maintain all of the lifebuoys located around the Wet Dock and Ipswich Waterfront to ensure they are in good condition. We believe that organising exercises like this allows us to test the emergency plans we have in place to ensure the wellbeing of our team, customers and the wider public.”