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ABP Property

Our property division brings together an unrivalled land bank spanning 21 multi-modal locations around the country, with 950 hectares of port-based development land.

ABPmer

Drawing on 60 years of experience, ABP Marine Environmental Research (ABPmer) provides specialist marine environmental research and consultancy services.

UK Dredging

UK Dredging (UKD) operates the largest British-owned dredging fleet and specialises in the provision of reliable and cost effective port maintenance dredging services.

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Clive Thomas

Ideally located on the south coast close to major shipping lanes linking the UK to European and global markets, Southampton is Britain’s Gateway to the World. The port is the UK’s number one export port and a critical link in supply chains serving businesses and manufacturers throughout the nation.

Southampton is the UK's number one vehicle handling port, handling 900,000 vehicles per year. It is also Europe's leading turnaround cruise port, welcoming around 2 million passengers annually and is home to the UK fleets of the largest cruise line operators in the world. It is also home to the second largest container terminal in the UK and in 2018 handled more than 1.9 million TEUs.

The Port of Southampton supports 45,600 jobs and contributes £2.5 billion to the nation’s economy every year. As the UK’s number one export port, Southampton handles exports worth £40 billion annually, including £36 billion destined for markets outside the EU. The port is at the heart of supply chains supporting manufacturers and businesses throughout Britain, including in sectors such as automotive where the Port supports 11,700 jobs in the West Midlands alone.

Every year ABP is proud to sponsor the Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k, enabling thousands of runners to come together and raise money for good causes. The port is also heavily engaged in supporting a range of other charities; the port’s current Charity of the Year is Different Strokes Southampton, which provides support for survivors of stroke and their families.

Connectivity

The Port of Southampton is less than two miles (3km) from the M27 and has direct rail links to the national railway network for both freight and passengers. The port offers 23 container trains a day with gauge clearance for 9'6" high containers to major cargo-generating regions in the Midlands, North West, East Coast, and Scotland.

The port is served by Southampton International Airport, while Gatwick and Heathrow airports are within easy reach.

Delivering for customers

The Port of Southampton has four world-class cruise terminals in operation, all with ship-to-shore walkways and offers convenient cruise-parking facilities for cruise customers, securely located within the port estate.

The five-berth Southampton Container Terminal, operated by partners DP World, is the most productive container terminal in the UK. In 2014, the purpose-built SCT 5 opened, providing 500m of quay and 16m water depth, making it capable of handling the largest container vessels in the world.

Southampton has over 100 ha of vehicle storage and distribution compounds, also offering value-added services including pre-delivery inspections and vehicle-enhancement work. The port has capacity for over 50,000 vehicles at any one time on their way in or out of the UK.

All ABP's ports offer the latest state-of-the-art facilities and equipment dedicated to handing a wide range of cargoes. Examples of recent investments in Southampton include £15 million in our 8th multi-deck automotive storage facility and the £12 million upgrade of the Ocean Cruise Terminal, further enhancing the service offered to cruise passengers.

 

Port of Southampton handles
900,000 vehicles every year
Handles
£40 billion of UK exports every year
Welcomes around
2 million cruise passengers per year

Key statistics and berthing information

Port acreage = 726 acres

Dock, Jetty or Quay Berth No. Nominal Dredged Depth at Lowest Low Water (m) Length of Quays (m)
Berths 201 10.2 280
  202 12.2 274
  203 9.1 274
       
Container berths SCT 1 15.0 420
  SCT 2 14.6 290
  SCT 3 14.0 306
  SCT 4 13.6 334
  SCT 5 16 500
       
Western Docks 101-2 10.2 370
  102-3 10.2 310
  103-4 10.2 340
  105 11.7 200
  106 11.7 260
  106-7 11.7 110
  107-9 11.7 750
  109 10.2  
       
Ocean Dock (entrance 121.9m wide) 43-44 11.7 480
  45 10.2 190
  46 10.2 230
  47 11.7 250
       
Test Quays 48 7.1 100
  49 7.1 120
  40 9.3 130
  41 8.7 172
  38-39 10.5 360
       
Dock Head 37 7.8 143
       
Express Dock (entrance 48.5 m wide) 20-21 7.5 258
  22-23 6.8 200
  24-25 7.1 190
  26-27 7.1 240
  29 5.6 100
       
Itchen Quays 30-33 9.1 263
  34-36 9.9 480