Mitie has won a new three-year contract to deliver security services for Associated British Ports (ABP). The contract has the option to extend for a further two years and will see Mitie provide services for ABP’s 21 ports across England, Scotland and Wales.
The contract will see Mitie deliver staffed guarding services, including site patrols and access control, for restricted areas across all of ABP’s sites. With 88 million tonnes of cargo, around 25% of all UK seaborne trade, handled in ABP’s ports every year, these services are key to support the smooth operation of businesses’ supply chains.
Mitie will conduct passenger searches and screening, including body scanning services, for ABP’s passenger operations in Southampton, Plymouth and other ports across the UK. ABP’s port in Southampton is Europe’s number one cruise turnaround port. As it prepares to welcome ships to its new Horizon Cruise Terminal and as cruise services resume in the summer, security will be key for ensuring the safety of millions of port employees and cruise passengers who typically pass through the port every year.
Jason Towse, Managing Director, Business Services, Mitie, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by Associated British Ports to deliver key security services across its sites. We look forward to working closely with Associated British Ports and using our transport expertise to deliver a solution that helps keep passengers and Associated British Ports’ colleagues and operations safe, to keep the UK’s maritime sector moving.”
Mike McCartain, Director for Safety, Engineering and Marine, Associated British Ports, said: “Security plays a vital role in our ports and this contract creates new opportunities to improve security further. It enhances our recent investment in hardware and surveillance, making our ports and operations more secure and protecting our infrastructure and members of the public. We greatly look forward to partnering with Mitie.”