Shipping minister helps launch ABP's Annual Review

Shipping minister helps launch ABP's Annual Review

Image caption: Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport Nusrat Ghani MP with Henrik Pedersen, Chief Executive Officer of ABP (photograph courtesy of Graham Whitby Boot)

Britains biggest port operator Associated British Ports (ABP) launched its Annual Review in parliament last week, at an exclusive lunch event hosted by Royston Smith, MP for Southampton Itchen.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Nusrat Ghani MP was on hand to deliver a keynote speech which recognised ABP’s achievements during the year and outlined some of the key themes driving the maritime sector in the years to come, including diversity, sustainability and technological innovation.

Ms Ghani commented: “I am delighted to celebrate Associated British Ports and always to champion our ports as a whole – they’re vital to our country, transporting 95 per cent of all our goods every day, all the while supporting business and helping to strengthen relationships with our international partners.

The Minister also outlined her department’s Maritime 2050 campaign, which will draw the sector together to help future-proof the industry: “Our Maritime 2050 strategy, created with industry, is our shared vision for the whole of the maritime industry over the next 30 years and sends a clear message to the world that we will continue to be a leading maritime nation.”

ABP’s Chief Executive Officer, Henrik Pedersen, also spoke at the launch where he thanked the Minister for her support and spoke of ABP’s ongoing commitment to investing in its people and its infrastructure, to continue offering the best services available for customers.

Mr Pedersen stated: “It has been another busy and successful year for ABP, which we have captured in our new Annual Review. Of course, there are some challenges to navigate this coming year, but more importantly, there are a wealth of exciting opportunities for us. That’s why we have invested a quarter of a billion pounds in our infrastructure and our people in the last three years, to make sure we can offer our customers the very best services available.”

This year ABP’s Annual Review was made available via a limited print run and a cutting-edge, fully interactive digital version. This is a first for the company and reflects ABP’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, reducing the amount of paper used in the production of the document.

The new digital version of ABP’s Annual Review can be found here