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Preserving Newport’s maritime history

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Phil Cox presenting Chris Green with corporate sponsorship certificate

Phil Cox presenting Chris Green with corporate sponsorship certificate

The Port of Newport is helping preserve one of the most important examples of the city’s proud maritime history by becoming the first corporate sponsor of the Friends of Newport Ship.

Associated British Ports, owner and operator of the Port of Newport, is backing the appeal to raise awareness and funds for the care of the best preserved 15th Century ship ever found.

The landmark project aims to house the architectural gem in a purpose-built museum for future generations to enjoy.

Discovered miraculously preserved in the riverbed near ABPs Port of Newport in 2002, the vessel is the most complete surviving example of a ship from the 15th Century and is of international importance. It was probably one of the larger ships of the period and capable of carrying a cargo perhaps in excess of 200 tons, well below a typical 40, 000 tonne vessel calling at the Port today.

Chris Green, Assistant Port Manager ABP Newport, said: “We are proud to be a supporter of the Friends of Newport Ship and help preserve this exciting discovery as an important piece of Newport’s history. We are looking forward to seeing this remarkable ship on display for all to enjoy.

“The port is today a thriving business linking the region with markets in the UK and abroad. This discovery demonstrates that Newport has been a vital trading gateway for centuries and it is an important piece of our maritime history.”

Phil Cox, Chairman of The Friends of Newport Ship, said: “We have set ourselves an ambitious target of raising £100, 000 for the forthcoming year to take us towards our goal of reconstructing the ship in a purpose-built museum in Newport. We need to tell more people about our ship, people who will support our project, who will involve their organisations and inspire others to help us achieve our target.

“ABP’s new connection to The Friends of Newport Ship is the first formal corporate sponsorship that we have achieved, and we hope that it will encourage other organisations to come forward.”

About ABP South Wales

ABP’s Ports of South Wales, Newport, Cardiff, Barry, Port Talbot and Swansea contribute £1.4 billion to the UK economy every year and support 15, 000 jobs in the region.

  • ABP’s South Wales Port’s handle over 12 million tonnes of cargo every year.
  • Newport is the second largest steel handling port in the UK

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.

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.


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