On the 20th of July, the Arklow Fern, with a cargo of wheat partly destined for the world-famous Scotch whisky industry, arrived at ABP’s Port of Ayr from ABP’s Port of Ipswich. Moving 4393 tonnes of wheat by ship, rather than road, saved 61,535 lorry miles, which approximately equates to a reduction of 82 tonnes in carbon emissions.
At both ends of this sustainable maritime supply chain, the stock of wheat cargo can be stored efficiently, at the quayside in the Port of Ipswich, and in-store at the Port of Ayr, which specializes in handling dry bulks, including salt, animal feed, heavy lift, and forest products.
Andrew Harston, Regional Director, ABP said: “ABP is keen to support our customers in creating more sustainable supply chains. This shipment of wheat is a great example of a collaborative approach to making a positive difference towards our shared sustainability goals and shows how shifting to shipping from road reduces carbon emissions significantly.”
Together with customers, ABP’s Scottish ports of Ayr and Troon contribute over £40 million to the UK economy every year, including £28 million locally. Earlier this year, ABP completed its investment of £2.2 million to upgrade all front-line machinery at its Port of Ayr, demonstrating its commitment to its customers and mission of keeping Britain trading.