Southampton remains country's top cruise port, new figures show

Southampton's cruise terminal.

Southampton's cruise terminal.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

SOUTHAMPTON remains the country’s number one cruise port and contributes nearly £1billion to the UK economy every year, new figures have revealed.

The Port of Southampton contributes £990m to the country’s economy annually – including £714m to the Solent region, an independent report says.

It was compiled by consultants Arup to reveal the scale of the contribution made by Associated British Port’s (ABP) Port of Southampton to the regional and national economy. The report also shows it supports 14,730 jobs.

Around 1.7million passengers were welcomed into the port in 2013, the report confirms, which is more than any other cruise port in the UK.

Southampton has also been recognised as the number one cruise turnaround port in Europe.

More than £100m has been invested by ABP over the past five years to help drive growth and secure jobs in Southampton, and the organisation aims to spend a further £150m to develop the port.

The report shows Southampton is the fourth largest port in the UK and the leading port for car handling, with latest figures showing the port handled 745,000 vehicles last year.

Clive Thomas, ABP Southampton’s port manager, said: “These latest figures, of which we are extremely proud, underline yet again the vital contribution made to the regional and national economy by the Port of Southampton. Not only does it support thousands of jobs in the Solent region but thousands more across the country. Our cruise operation continues to grow, both in scale but in our reputation for customer service, and we are now the leading turnaround cruise port in Europe.

“Not only that, the port really is a critical part of the UK supply chain and an essential cog in the machine of the UK economy.”

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2:42pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Lone Ranger. says...

Well donr Southampton ...... still something to be proud of ...
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This City has improved vastly over the last couple of years or so and long may it continue
Well donr Southampton ...... still something to be proud of ... . This City has improved vastly over the last couple of years or so and long may it continue Lone Ranger.
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6:23pm Mon 21 Jul 14

loosehead says...

Still the best so well done ABP as this has nothing what so ever to do with our council no matter what colour.
Still the best so well done ABP as this has nothing what so ever to do with our council no matter what colour. loosehead
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7:21pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Linesman says...

loosehead wrote:
Still the best so well done ABP as this has nothing what so ever to do with our council no matter what colour.
No thanks to the Tory-led government either with George Osborne standing in front of an advert for Liverpool docks when giving a talk about pensions in Southampton.

How out of touch with how things are in this area can the Tory leadership be, when 'Gorgeous George' pulls a stunt like that?

Denham has been vocal in his criticism, but Royston Smith appears to have lost his voice.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Still the best so well done ABP as this has nothing what so ever to do with our council no matter what colour.[/p][/quote]No thanks to the Tory-led government either with George Osborne standing in front of an advert for Liverpool docks when giving a talk about pensions in Southampton. How out of touch with how things are in this area can the Tory leadership be, when 'Gorgeous George' pulls a stunt like that? Denham has been vocal in his criticism, but Royston Smith appears to have lost his voice. Linesman
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9:07pm Mon 21 Jul 14

loosehead says...

Yes NO thanks to a Labour Government who gave Liverpool a grant & helped get a EU grant for Liverpool so well done ABP .
Yes NO thanks to a Labour Government who gave Liverpool a grant & helped get a EU grant for Liverpool so well done ABP . loosehead
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10:47pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Linesman says...

loosehead wrote:
Yes NO thanks to a Labour Government who gave Liverpool a grant & helped get a EU grant for Liverpool so well done ABP .
Osborne's constituency is in the North West, and that is where Cameron has visited and where the money is now being spent.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Yes NO thanks to a Labour Government who gave Liverpool a grant & helped get a EU grant for Liverpool so well done ABP .[/p][/quote]Osborne's constituency is in the North West, and that is where Cameron has visited and where the money is now being spent. Linesman
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9:33am Tue 22 Jul 14

Linesman says...

George Osborne is the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Tatton, which is located in North-West Cheshire.

Check that out on a map, and you will find that it is in the North-West of England, which is probably why he felt more at home in front of an advert for the Port of Liverpool.
George Osborne is the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Tatton, which is located in North-West Cheshire. Check that out on a map, and you will find that it is in the North-West of England, which is probably why he felt more at home in front of an advert for the Port of Liverpool. Linesman
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6:12pm Tue 22 Jul 14

loosehead says...

Again I'll say it LABOUR gave & help get the original grants for a port called Liverpool to go into open competition with this Port.
NO council be it Labour,Tory or Lib dem had any input into our ports success this was ABP's doing so well done ABP.
Again I'll say it LABOUR gave & help get the original grants for a port called Liverpool to go into open competition with this Port. NO council be it Labour,Tory or Lib dem had any input into our ports success this was ABP's doing so well done ABP. loosehead
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