The Port of Ipswich has reached a milestone of 400 000 t of cargo handled on behalf of Suffolk businesses since the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown on 23 March 2020.
During the period, the port has welcomed 115 ships, carrying a wide range of commodities from fertilizer and barley to rice and timber. This has played a vital role in supporting key sectors of the regional economy including agriculture and construction.
Most recently the port has seen the arrival of the ‘MV Roseburg’ carrying over 1800 packs of timber from Riga for the shipping line Lacy & Middlemiss and the ‘MV Ijsseldijk,’ which delivered 4000 t of rice to Ipswich from Georgetown in Guyana for Clarksons.
Andrew Harston, ABP Regional Director for Wales & Short Sea Ports, said: “Throughout these testing times our Port in Ipswich has remained fully open for business and ready to help support our customers and the region’s economy. These latest vessels take us through the 400 000 t threshold for cargo handled last over 12 weeks and this is a real testament to the service that Ipswich provides as a regional port.
“I am grateful to our teams, as they have done a fantastic job and have shown that we are well equipped to minimise supply chain disruptions and keep goods flowing.”