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ABP Barrow welcomes Shipping Minister for port tour

ABP Divisional Port Manager – North West, Carl Bevan (far left) and his team with Shipping Minister Nusrat Ghani MP (second from the left) and John Woodcock MP (centre)

The Port of Barrow and John Woodcock MP have recently welcomed UK Shipping Minister Nusrat Ghani MP for an informative port tour to showcase the port’s operations and facilities.

Hosted by ABP Divisional Port Manager – North West, Carl Bevan, the Minister was given a comprehensive tour of the port focussing on the port’s strategic importance and relationships with key customers including BAE Systems, International Nuclear Services and Orsted. The port’s ambitious Master Plan was also discussed with particular emphasis on potential future energy projects and the need to improve local road and rail infrastructure

Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP, said: “Ports are crucial to the success of the UK’s economy, handling more than 95 per cent of UK trade.

“Barrow Port is a key example, supporting hundreds of jobs across the UK and significantly contributing to the country’s economy.

“The Government’s Maritime 2050 strategy sets out a promising future for this sector and Barrow Port’s Master Plan is an exciting demonstration of expansion and taking advantage of opportunities to create new jobs.”

The Port of Barrow plays a vital role at the heart of the Cumbrian economy, serving the growing renewable energy sector and local advanced manufacturing. By facilitating trade and supporting industry the port supports 1,700 jobs across the UK, including 800 in the town of Barrow, and contributes £107 million to the UK economy.

ABP’s Master Plan for the port anticipates a bright future for the port which could see substantial growth in the next decade.

ABP Divisional Port Manager – North West, Carl Bevan, said: ‘We were delighted to welcome the Shipping Minister to our port and discuss the vital trade links it provides to the Cumbrian region.

“Showcasing the breadth of ABP colleagues’ involvement in initiatives to support the local community such as educational school visits, beach cleans and Barrow’s 150th anniversary in 2017, was also important.”

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