Mitie, a British energy services firm, has extended its contract with Associated British Ports (ABP) for another year, providing security services to 17 ports around the UK.
Mitie’s current three-year contract was issued in 2021, and this extension extends it through 2025.
Mitie strives to provide guarding services across ABP locations, ensuring the safety of passengers and goods exiting and arriving in the UK.
The company’s personnel maintain entry gate barriers, patrol, conduct vehicle searches, and watch CCTV at most port locations to prevent possible crime or anti-social activities.
Mitie employees use cutting-edge passenger and luggage screening technology to guarantee that all passengers go through security checks before boarding. In addition to screening, they regulate traffic and examine cars transporting supplies to ships.
Mitie is reportedly safeguarding ABP sites using a range of technology, including the implementation of automated entry gates.
With ABP ports handling a quarter (25 per cent) of the UK’s seaborne commerce and over £150 billion ($190 billion) in trade each year, these services are critical to protecting and maintaining the seamless operation of supply chains for thousands of enterprises.
Mitie delivers these services across the country with over 600 individuals operating across 17 ABP facilities, led by the Port of Southampton, which welcomes approximately two million passengers annually.
In addition to security, Mitie also supports sustainability at ABP sites. For example, Southampton’s Horizon Cruise Terminal is home to the UK’s first ‘shore power’ facility for cruise ships.
The terminal has 2,234 roof-mounted solar panels, all of which were installed by Custom Solar, Mitie’s specialist solar installation company.
Jason Towse, Managing Director, Business Services, Mitie, said: “The extension of this contract is a reflection of the excellent relationship we’ve built with ABP over the past two years, as our teams have worked hard to protect travelling passengers and essential trade taking place at UK ports. We’re proud to continue our support for ABP in keeping the UK’s maritime sector moving.”
Andy Billings, Group Head of Security, Associated British Ports, stated: “Safe and secure ports are a critical foundation for ABP’s role as the UK’s leading port operator.
“Our renewed, enhanced relationship with Mitie builds on the good work done over the previous contract. We also value Mitie’s broader sustainability credentials, given our recently launched Ready for Tomorrow strategy and commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2040 at the latest.
“We look forward to further developing our relationship with Mitie, introducing more innovation and capabilities from intelligence gathering to automation.”