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Port of Ipswich achieves tonnage handling record

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The Port of Ipswich has achieved a tonnage-handling record for the largest independent producer of sand and gravel in the UK.

ABP has announced that in November 2019, it handled the largest quantity of construction aggregates to pass through the Port of Ipswich in one month, making 2019 a record-breaking year for the port’s role in supporting the UK construction industry.

Having handled almost 50 000 t of aggregates in November 2019 for Brett Aggregates, one of the largest indpendent producers of sand and gravel in the UK, ABP’s team at the Port of Ipswich beat its previous record of 46 600 t in May 2018.

Operating a terminal within the Port of Ipswich where marine-dredged aggregates arrive by ship, Brett Aggregates stored and processed materials on site before delivering them to customers by rail, sea or road for use in concrete manufacture and other construction projects.

Adam Smith, East Commercial Manager, Brett Aggregates, said: “This is a great achievement from the Ipswich team, and with continued support from ABP customer demand can continue to be met.”

This success follows on from September 2017, which saw ABP’s Port of Ipswich and Brett Aggregates win the annual Rail Freight Group Community and Environmental Responsibility Award for their work in developing a new rail-based flow from the Port of Ipswich to London Concrete in Watford. With more than 130 000 t of product transported by rail as a result of the project since January 2016, the new rail flow has significant environmental and community benefits when compared with road transport.

2019 also saw a strong year for trade in agribulks for the Port of Ipswich, which more than doubled its grain export volumes with 500 000 t exported in from June to November 2019.

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