Associated British Ports (ABP) helped Celebrate Ipswich at the weekend as its Ipswich Haven Marina welcomed over 140 visiting yachts for the culmination of the town’s highly successful Maritime Festival.
Visitors included a 40-strong fleet of Old Gaffers – traditional sailing vessels with a particular style of ‘gaff rigging’, some of which can date back to the 19th century. Other highlights of the weekend included historic vessels on Orwell Quay, a V39 wartime steamboat, as well as classic barges and the oldest RNLI lifeboat, the James Stevens No.14. On Saturday evening visitors were treated to a laser lightshow along the marina walls and on Sunday night the weekend was rounded off with a spectacular firework display.
Marina Manager Linda Pipe said: “The weekend was fantastic and we were delighted to be able to offer our support and help showcase not only what a wonderful tourist destination Ipswich has become but how thriving the waterfront really is.
“A great time was had by all and special thanks should go to the team at the marina and to our visitors who helped make the weekend such a success.”
ABP owns and operates the Port of Ipswich as well as two other East Anglian Ports, King’s Lynn and Lowestoft. Combined these ports contribute £340 million to the UK economy each year, support 3, 577 jobs in the region and a further 5, 000 jobs nationally.
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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.