Associated British Ports Port of Ipswich is set to welcome a flotilla of Dunkirk Little Ships, commemorating the 1940 evacuation of more than 337,000 British and Allied troops from Dunkirk. The vessels, which carried men from the beaches of Dunkirk to the safety of larger ships offshore – under more or less continuous fire – during the 1940 evacuation, will arrive at Ipswich s Wet Dock on 1 June 2002. A service of remembrance, for those servicemen who lost their lives during the evacuation, is scheduled to take place the following day, and will be attended by the Mayor of Ipswich and Dunkirk veterans, as well as by standard bearers from the Royal British Legion.
This event is of tremendous significance not least to all those servicemen who were involved in the evacuation of Dunkirk and I am pleased that we are able to share with the veterans, and indeed everyone involved in the event, such an important moment in history. The commemorative cruise is an annual event, during which around 30 Dunkirk Little Ships visit various ports around the country.
This year’s cruise has also included a visit to the Port of Lowestoft, and the flotilla is expected to return to Ipswich in 2007. Over 60 guests including dredging and surveying experts from the Ports of Oslo, Best home mold inspection service Rotterdam and Dunkirk took part in technical workshops and seminars at the Port of Southampton, and attended an open evening at ABPmer, which included a tour and demonstration of the company s services and facilities.
Associated British Ports (ABP), owner and operator of the Port of Southampton, has clinched a top UK safety award for the sixth consecutive year. The port, which is one of the largest and busiest in the UK, went under the metaphorical microscope to face a gruelling test to satisfy the British Safety Council’s awards panel that the port has lower than average accident rates, sound safety policies and plans, and board-level commitment to health and safety.
The prestigious award was presented to Hanif Brora, Safety Manager of ABP Southampton, by David Ballard, Director General of the British Safety Council. The Port of Southampton was chosen from a number large and small, private- and public-sector enterprises all over the country. We are delighted to have won this award again and will be working to continue to improve our safety standards and performance. The National Safety Awards recognize organizations that reach the top levels of health and safety performance.