Southampton - the UK's key maritime location

The Port of Southampton is located in the key maritime position on the UK's south coast, close to the main international shipping lanes and less than 100 nautical miles from mainland Europe. It is less than two miles from the M27 and has direct rail links to the main railway network for both freight and passenger trains. The Port of Southampton is served by Southampton International Airport, while Gatwick and Heathrow airports are within easy reach.

The UK ports industry is the largest in Europe and its operations provide critical economic infrastructure for the nation’s manufacturers and businesses.

ABP is the UK’s leading port operator, with a unique network of 21 ports across England, Scotland and Wales. Our ports include Immingham, the UKs busiest port, and Southampton, the nation’s second largest and most efficient container port, as well as the UK’s number one for cars and cruise.

The group's other activities include rail terminal operations (Hams Hall Rail Terminal), ship's agency, dredging (UK Dredging Ltd), and marine consultancy (ABPmer). Each port also offers a well-established community of port service providers.

In 2016 ABP and its customers handled 89 million tonnes of cargo. Together with our customers, we support 84,000 jobs and contribute £5.6 billion to the UK economy every year.


Passengers and cruises

  • Around 1.7 million cruise passengers per year have Southampton as their preferred choice of port for cruise holidays

  • Home to the UK fleets of both P&O Cruises and Cunard Line and used regularly by Royal Caribbean International, Fred Olsen Cruise Line and Saga Holidays

  • Four state-of-the-art cruise terminals in operation, all with ship-to-shore walkways 

  • The only cruise car-parking provider for Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruise Line, Fred Olsen, MSC, and Saga, which guarantees parking in the port. Please visit www.abparking.co.uk for further information 


  • Handles over 745,000 vehicles each year

  • Highly experienced in the handling of all sizes of vessel and roro cargoes, including heavy-wheeled vehicles

  • Global connections provided by all major deep-sea and short-sea roro lines

  • The 80 ha of dedicated vehicle storage and distribution compounds are rail-connected to receive regular specialist trains and have adjacent deep-water berthing

  • The port has three dedicated car terminals in the Eastern Docks

  • Offers value-added services including pre-delivery inspections and vehicle-enhancement work 


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  • Home to the UK's second largest container terminal handling more than 1.5 million teus each year

  • The five-berth Southampton Container Terminal is operated by DP World Southampton - visit www.dpworldsouthampton.com for more information 

  • SCT 5 opened in March 2014 and provides 500m of quay with 16m of water depth.

  • Offering 23 container trains a day with gauge clearance for 9'6" high containers to major cargo-generating regions in the Midlands, North West, East Coast, and Scotland

  • There is a network of feeder services from Southampton Container Terminal to destinations around the UK and to the Republic of Ireland

  • Huelin-Renouf Shipping Ltd also operates a Channel Island Service

Dry bulks

  • A 5 ha multi-user bulk terminal, situated in the port's Western Docks, handles cargoes and minerals including animal feed, fertiliser, scrap, aggregates, salt, and biomass products

  • A flour mill operated by Rank Hovis imports and processes around 50,000 tonnes of wheat each year

  • An export grain-silo terminal is located in the Eastern Docks 

Fresh produce and perishables

  • Extensive specialist facilities dedicated to fresh produce

  • Canary Islands Fruit Terminal provides 14,500 sq m of cool and cold storage with a temperature range of -2°C to +15°C and has deep-water berths capable of accommodating two ships simultaneously 

Liquid bulks

  • Southampton's liquid bulk traffic primarily comprises crude oil 

Offshore wind

  • Located approximately 35 to 60 miles from the two Round 3 sites east and west of the Isle of Wight, Southampton offers big-port deep-sea capability to offshore wind developers 

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