A traceable locking system for one of the UK’s biggest ports

Southampton is one of the UK’s busiest and most important ports handling in excess of 14 million tonnes of commodities a year. The port estate is some 800 acres including the container terminal, operated by DP World Southampton. The port is widely recognised as the centre of the country’s cruise industry and the biggest turnaround port in Europe, welcoming over 2 million passengers a year, using five world-class cruise terminals.

The port owner, ABP, sought out a system that could more effectively secure the berths. They required a traceable system which would provide audit trails, allowing them to authorise and identify each key holder. In addition, the system needed to be efficient, without the need to replace the entire suite if one key was stolen or lost.

Providing accountability and traceability with PROTEC2 CLIQ

ABP selected CLIQ from Abloy, comprising padlocks and electronic keys which can be programmed to give authorised people access to specific areas of the port at designated times.

The CLIQ system allows the security team to have complete control over access to the port berths. Should there be a breach to the security or health and safety protocols, such as leaving a gate open, audit trail generation will allow them to identify which keyholder is responsible.

The keys can also be reprogrammed, for instance if someone leaves the company or requires different access, so key management is much more secure and convenient. This also reduces the risk from lost or stolen keys which can simply be deleted from the system.

Furthermore, with the initial configuration in place the system is scalable, so ABP can easily expand the system by ordering new keys and locks and programming them on the management platform. In addition to the Port of Southampton, ABP has rolled out CLIQ at Hull, Immingham and other smaller ports too.

“CLIQ has really helped to secure the site and enhance health and safety. We can limit berth access to authorised personnel only, providing us with a level of assurance to security that we didn’t have before.”

Andrew Billings

Group Head of Security at Associated British Ports


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Benefits of Abloy's solution

  • Traceable system with audit trails
  • Programmed keys with personalised access permission for authorized staff
  • No wiring is required
  • Accessible and intuitive managing locking system with CLIQ software
  • Lost keys’ access rights are removed instantly
  • System easy to scale



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