Ports & Logistics Sector

The Ports of Felixstowe, Ipswich and Lowestoft play a vital role in the county’s economic growth whether exporting grain, importing building materials or servicing offshore windfarms.

Shipping and logistics in Suffolk has an annual turnover of approx £3 billion and indirectly employees 32,200 people across the sub region, which is 11.3% of jobs in the sector.

Suffolk’s ports and logistics sector also includes an extensive road and rail freight network, shipping, warehousing, cargo storage and distribution.

The Port of Felixstowe is Britain’s largest container port and of major importance to the UK economy. Its deep sea facilities and access to the Channel shipping lanes make it one of the first points of call in Europe for the world’s largest freight ships.

The Port of Ipswich is Britain’s biggest grain export facility and is part of Associated British Ports. The port handles cargos of aggregates, timber products, grain, animal feed, fertilisers and cement through two major container terminals with adjacent warehousing for distribution services. It is also home to a very successful mariner facility.

The Port of Lowestoft is Britain’s most easterly port and is also owned by Associated British Ports. As well as handling container, bulk and general cargo, the port is a major centre for servicing North Sea

Many port employees have transferable skills from shipbuilding, fishing and offshore maintenance. A number of companies have graduate schemes and take on Apprentices across a number of disciplines.

Companies in this sector operating across Suffolk are:

Goldstar Transport, Damco, Hutchison Ports, Associated British Ports, Debach Enterprises,



Meet real life Apprentices to speak with along with an experienced Port Manager, Head of Operations, Engineering Apprentice Manager, Training and Apprentice Levy Manager as well as HR staff, collect Port Goodies including literature about ABP, watch an Apprentice video, the Beyond Zero video or try on some Personal Protective Equipment.