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New figures show Port of Southampton contributes £990m to the UK economy

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Port of Southampton; view from above...

Port of Southampton; view from above…

A new independent report has revealed the scale of the contribution made by Associated British Port’s (ABP) Port of Southampton both to the regional and national economy.

The latest statistics from consultants Arup show that the port contributes £990 million to the UK economy every year, including £714 million for the Solent region.

They also show that the port supports 14, 730 jobs.
The report confirms that ABP Port of Southampton has retained its position as the UK’s number one cruise port, welcoming 1.7 million passengers in 2013 – more than any other cruise port in the UK. Southampton has also been recognised as the number one cruise turnaround port in Europe.
Over the past five years ABP has invested over £100 million to help drive growth and secure jobs in Southampton. Its investment for the future is continuing and over the next five years ABP plans to spend a further £150 million to develop the port. This investment will increase the port’s contribution to the UK economy by an estimated £437 million every year.

Clive Thomas, ABP Southampton’s Port Manager, said: “These latest figures, of which we are extremely proud, underline yet again the vital contribution made to the regional and national economy by the Port of Southampton. Not only does it support thousands of jobs in the Solent region but thousands more across the country.
“Our cruise operation continues to grow, both in scale but in our reputation for customer service, and we are now the leading turnaround cruise port in Europe.

“Not only that, the port really is a critical part of the UK supply chain and an essential cog in the machine of the UK economy.”

The Port of Southampton is the fourth largest port in the UK and the leading port for car handling, with the latest figures showing the port handled 745, 000 vehicles last year, two thirds of which were for export. It is Europe’s most efficient container port, and handled 26 million tonnes of commodities in 2013.
Southampton is one of 21 UK ports owned by ABP. Nationally, the company contributed £5.6 billion to the UK economy in 2012 and a quarter of UK seaborne trade passes through its statutory harbour areas.
ABP plans to invest £837 million of capital and operational investment over the next five years, which will add an extra £1.7 billion to the UK economy every year.

About ABP

ABP is the UK’s leading ports operator with 21 ports and other transport related businesses creating a unique national network capable of handling a vast array of cargo.

Around one quarter of the UK’s seaborne trade passes through ABP’s Statutory Harbour Areas. ABP contributes £5.6 billion to the UK economy every year and supports 84, 000 jobs. Our current investment programme promises to deliver an extra £1.75 billion for the economy every year.


  • Handled over 1.5 million vehicles in 2013.
  • Generates around one quarter of the UK’s rail freight
  • Has 1.4 million square metres of covered storage
  • Has 1, 000 hectares of open storage
  •  Handled 119m tonnes of cargo in 2013
  • Owns 5, 000 hectares of port estate
  • Has 87km of quay
  • Over the next five years, ABP is investing over £650 million in a wide range of major projects across the group.

Viewers can log on herebelow and read The Economic Value of the ABP to the UK Plc:

ABP – Economic Value – Final Issued 14012014



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