Categories: Associated British Ports, Ipswich, Kings Lynn, NewsPublished On: 16.04.2020416 words2.1 min read

The month of April has seen a busy start for the Port of King’s Lynn, which has already welcomed 9 ships, carrying 25,000 tonnes of cargo, thuskeeping the supply chain moving despite the global pandemic.

This follows a stable performance in March, when the port handled a total of 20 ships, carrying more than 40,000 tonnes of cargo. This included 28,000 tonnes of agricultural cargo of which 25,000 tonnes of exports from Norfolk including malting barley, feed wheat and feed barley.

Cargo handled on behalf of the Norfolk farming community also included imported fertiliser and potash, which are key inputs for the agricultural sector. In addition 10,000 m3 of timber has been imported on behalf of the local Kings Lynn and Norfolk business community.

The Government has recognisedthe critical role played by transport and maritime services, including ABP’s ports, in keeping goods moving through theCoronavirus crisis to support supply chains and the UK economy and agricultural sector.

Whilst ABP, the owner and operator of the Port of KingsLynn has asked employees to work fromhome where possible, many of its employees directly involved in handling goods aredesignated askey workersby the governmentand are going to work every day to keep the goods moving that are vital to the UK economy.

Andrew Harston, Regional Director for Wales & Short Sea Ports, who is also responsible for Port of King’s Lynn, said: “I really want to thank our great colleagues not just at Kings Lynn but also across ABP’s nationwide network, who have continued to handle ships at this difficult time. Even though I am always proud of the job they do, now I feel prouder than ever.

“It is massively important thatas we continue operations, we do so safely, followingthe latest social distancing, PPE and health and safety advice as outlined by the government. This means that we can continue to handle goods safelyand play our part in helpingas many companies as possible stay in business, so that the economy can recover once this crisis has passed.”

About ABP East AngliaWith the support of its customers, ABP’s Ports of East Anglia, King’s Lynn, Lowestoft and Ipswich contribute £360 million to the UK economy every year, supporting 3,700 jobs in the region and 5,300 jobs nationally.

  • ABP’s East Anglia ports handle more than 3 million tonnes of cargo every year
  • Ports in East Anglia handle over 2 million tonnes of agribulks and 170,000 tonnes of timber annually
  • The Port of Ipswich is the UK’s leading export port for agricultural productsAbout ABP

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