Fertiliser inbound at Ipswich

Amid the current shortage of nitrogen fertiliser, ABP’s Port of Ipswich is bucking the trend and seeing record amounts arrive at its shores. In October alone, seven vessels (four dry bulk and three tankers) carrying 59,450 metric tonnes of fertiliser safely came through the port; up from 5,452 metric tonnes in October 2020. Last month also saw the port’s largest single fertiliser cargo received to date.  

2021 has born witness to strong demand for fertiliser and low supply. The situation was made worse in September when Britain’s two nitrogen fertiliser plants closed. 

Dave Blackmore, director at Ameropa, the global experts in agricultural business practices commented: “Ameropa are delighted to work with our contract partners in bringing a record-breaking cargo of fertiliser to Ipswich. We’d like to thank the ABP stevedoring team for their attention to detail in discharging our vessel in good time and with great care. 

Being able to ship such quantities helps all involved in providing a competitive and essential fertiliser for the UK farming community.”

Market conditions

Andrew Butler, commercial director, South at Omex said: “Market conditions this year have been particularly difficult for fertiliser suppliers, however OMEX are committed to UK agriculture and our team are working tirelessly to ensure we have high quality product available for our customers throughout Spring season. Our latest record deliveries into ABP Ipswich mark a number of record achievements for OMEX, as the UK’s largest ever vessel of liquid fertiliser arrived at ABP Immingham in September. Our distribution hubs are located strategically around the UK, with help from ports such as ABP, to ensure the farmer gets what they need, when they need it.” 

Ipswich ideal

Paul Ager, Divisional port manager, East Coast at ABP said:“I am pleased that the Port of Ipswich is playing an integral role in the supply of fertiliser to our farmers. We are ideally located to support Britain’s breadbasket and I hope this goes some way of returning confidence for a strong spring yield.”

The Port of Ipswich is typically better known as the UK’s leading grain export port but recently fertiliser imports have taken over as the main activities onsite. British supply is slowly returning but ABP ports will no doubt continue to handle large volumes of fertiliser for the foreseeable future and support the British farming industry.

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John Swire - Editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.