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Ipswich welcomes largest stone shipment

The UK port of Ipswich has welcomed the largest shipment of stone in its history.
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The MV ARKLOW BAY arrived in Ipswich, from Belfast, to deliver 8,229t of stone for Lafarge Tarmac, close to 1,000t more than the previous record of 7,371t. 

Materials for the construction industry represented around 30% of the ports total tonnage in 2014.  

Ipswich port, owned and operated by Associated British Ports (ABP), receives a vast range of construction materials every year, including bricks, stone, sand, gravel and cement which are vital raw materials for the region’s construction industry. 

Alastair MacFarlane, ABP port manager for East Anglia, said: “The Port of Ipswich is a key gateway to markets for the region’s construction industry.”   

The vessel owned by Arklow Shipping delivered the cargo to Lafarge Tarmac’s state of the art asphalt plant at the Ports Cliff Quay’’.  

Nigel Stephenson, production manager at Lafarge Tarmac, said: “Receiving aggregates on a vessel of this size is a great opportunity for Lafarge Tarmac to contribute to a reduction in our carbon footprint and to help us provide the best possible solutions in a growing construction market.” 

ABP added that, together with its customers, Ipswich supports 1,812 jobs locally and contributes £122M to the regional economy.

 

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