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7 March, 2006 - 17:49 By Staff Reporter

ABP set to develop disused land at Port of Ipswich

Further development has been triggered at the burgeoning Port of Ipswich, owner ABP has revealed.Further development has been triggered at the burgeoning Port of Ipswich, owner ABP has revealed.

Ipswich Borough Council granted ABP’s application for a harbour revision order at the end of last year; the order, which incorporates a land-swap agreement, allows ABP to develop 15 acres of disused land bordering the port’s busy Cliff Quay.

In return for the land and the right to develop it, ABP gave the council approximately four acres of non-operational land at the north end of the port’s Wet Dock.

ABP is in discussions with potential customers over the development of the site, which will ultimately include 350m of additional berthing at the port.

The port’s Coldock terminal features over 16,000 sq m of covered and bonded warehousing and has the capability to store a variety of dry-bulk cargoes simultaneously.

The terminal continued to be fully utilised in 2005, with steady growth in agribulk, animal-feed and aggregates tonnages contributing to the considerable 22 per cent increase in dry-bulk volumes handled over the previous year.

Kursiu Linija, the shipping line that operates the container service between Ipswich and the Baltic states, saw a significant rise in the number of containers shipped to the port and has upgraded its fleet.

ABP’s ports at King’s Lynn and Lowestoft also saw increased volumes of cargo last year.

King’s Lynn welcomed its first shipment of unprocessed timber. Henrikson Shipping transported a 2,000-tonne cargo of logs from Denmark to King’s Lynn; the logs were for a sawmill in Brackley, Northants.

Omex Shipping started a bi-monthly shipment of agribulks from Stettin, Poland in July and has seen monthly volumes in excess of 4,000 tonnes being handled; this contributed to the five per cent increase in volumes of dry bulks handled at the port over the previous year.

Aggregates and timber volumes at the Port of Lowestoft increased dramatically during 2005, with two new customers – HLC (Wood Products) Ltd and MBM Forest Products Ltd – utilising the port’s North Quay Cargo Terminal, which features a 30,000 sq m storage area for their timber-handling operations.

ABP’s Lowestoft Haven Marina, has attracted over 300 visiting yachts from as far afield as Australia, the US and mainland Europe.

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