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ABP's Port of King's Lynn keeps supply chain moving during Coronavirus crisis

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The Port of Lynn has been able to keep important supplies getting through to Norfolk businesses despite the global COVID-19 pandemic.

This month has already got off to a busy start with the port receiving nine ships, carrying 25,000 tonnes of cargo, thus keeping the supply chain moving.

Last month the port saw a "stable performance" when it handled a total of 20 ships, carrying more than 40,000 tonnes of cargo. This included 28,000 tonnes of agricultural cargo, 25,000 tonnes of which were exports from Norfolk, including malting barley, feed wheat and feed barley.

The Port of Lynn (33763609)
The Port of Lynn (33763609)

Cargo handled on behalf of the Norfolk farming community also included imported fertiliser and potash, which are key inputs for the agricultural sector. In addition 10,000 m3 of timber has been imported on behalf of the local Lynn and Norfolk business community.

The Government has recognised the critical role played by transport and maritime services, including ABP’s ports, in keeping goods moving through the Coronavirus crisis to support supply chains and the UK economy and agricultural sector.

Whilst ABP, the owner and operator of the Port of Lynn, has asked employees to work from home where possible, many of its employees directly involved in handling goods are designated as key workers by the government and are going to work every day to keep the goods moving that are vital to the UK economy.

Andrew Harston, regional director for Wales and Short Sea Ports, who is also responsible for Lynn Port said: “I really want to thank our great colleagues not just at Lynn but also across ABP’s nationwide network, who have continued to handle ships at this difficult time. Even though I am always proud of the job they do, now I feel prouder than ever.

“It is massively important that as we continue operations, we do so safely, following the latest social distancing, PPE and health and safety advice as outlined by the government. This means that we can continue to handle goods safely and play our part in helping as many companies as possible stay in business, so that the economy can recover once this crisis has passed.”

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