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ABP’S Port of Silloth records increased business in 2016

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ABP’s Port of Silloth has recorded an increase in trade and ship calls for 2016.

Cumbria’s most northern commercial port saw 54 ships call at Silloth, an increase of 15% compared to 2015, while handling 142 000 t of cargo on behalf of local industries. This is 18000 t more than the port handled in 2015.

The port remains an integral part of the local economy, with ABP handling imported wheat on behalf of Carr’s Solway Mill, molasses for use in animal feed production, fertilizers for Origin Fertilizers who are located at Silloth Industrial Estate and construction materials for local company Thomas Armstrong.

The increase in tonnage through the port has been attributed to both the molasses and fertilizer markets. The volume of fertilizer tonnage alone increased by 20% last year.

ABP Deputy Harbour Master and Short Sea Pilot Ian Macpherson said: “We are a small team at Silloth and we work very closely with our nominated stevedore, D.A Harrison, to deliver a local and very personal service to all of our customers.

“It is satisfying to see both ship numbers and cargo volumes grow over the last 12 months.”

ABP Short Sea Ports Director, Andrew Harston said: “The Port of Silloth is a great example of a local port serving the local community and businesses.”

“We help our customers trading by offering them a transport solution by sea using a local port that is a better option than transporting cargo long distances by road and has huge environmental benefits too.

“The Port of Silloth, along with ABP’s Port of Barrow handle the largest share of import and export traffic in the Cumbria region, forming a key component of the Cumbria transport infrastructure.

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