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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

British Ports Association News

Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive, British Ports Association. Photo: Port of Rotterdam

Smart Ports Paper Offers Digitization Guide

The British Ports Association (BPA) and the Port of Rotterdam have launched a new joint smart ports paper examining port digitalization.The white paper seeks to show how sharing data will help ports work towards digital maturity and grow into smart ports.It outlines a model for digital maturity that shows how ports need to develop and exchange data in order to keep up with the digital developments around them, highlighting that technology plays a key role but is not an objective in and of itself.Joyce Bliek…

Ports Part of Solution, Not the Problem - BPA Chair

Martin Lawlor, Chief Executive at the Port of Blyth and Chair of the British Ports Association: "Ports part of the solution, not the problem on a range of challenges facing the UK."A record turnout of over 300 guests gathered in London today for the British Ports Association’s annual lunch and AGM, which struck an optimistic tone about the role of ports in supporting a range of economic and environmental goals.Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP, speaking at the lunch, said: “Ports are key to the vitality of the UK economy – underpinning regional and national growth.

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British Ports Association Highlights Consequences of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit Scenario

Following the publication of the UK Government’s advice on contingency planning for a ‘no deal’ Brexit outcome, the British Ports Association (BPA) has suggested that negotiators have it in their power to agree a deal that would end months of uncertainty regarding the future arrangements at UK and EU borders.Highlighting the merits of the UK Government’s proposal agreed at Chequers and subsequently set out in the Brexit White Paper in July, the BPA is urging both sides to rally and agree.

Richard Ballantyne,  Chief Executive. Photo: British Ports Association

British Ports Association Welcomes New UK Export Strategy

Welcoming the Department for International Trade’s new Export Strategy the British Ports Association (BPA) has highlighted the role that ports play handling 95% of the UK’s International trade in goods.Commenting on the Strategy the BPA’s Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne said: “The new Export Strategy outlines how Government and businesses can work together to promote UK products and exports globally, as well as improving supply chains. In terms of goods, the UK is an import driven economy, however, there are real opportunities to increase exports to Europe and beyond.

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British Ports Association Launches Sustainable Development Resolution

The British Ports Association has published a sustainable development resolution, which commits to supporting the dual aims of a strong and healthy environment and a thriving economy.The BPA represents 350 ports, terminals and port facilities across the UK. UK Ports handle 95% of the UK’s international trade, keeping goods moving in an efficient manner that underpins the UK’s economy. The industry is also highly productive and employs over 101,000 people.Ports are often hubs of regional economic activity and support a wide range of industries including energy…

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British Ports Association to Push Coastal Shipping

The British Ports Association (BPA) will be holding a short targeted seminar on Thursday 29 November to discuss coastal shipping in the UK with ports and operators. In comparison with other transport modes, shipping is an efficient and environmentally sustainable option.Utilising the UK’s hundreds of ports in supporting more coastal shipping has the potential to improve connectivity between regions.Commenting on the importance of coastal shipping (moving freight within the UK by sea) and what will be discussed at the seminar…

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British Ports Association Welcomes Trade Facilitation Focus of Brexit White Paper

The British Ports Association has welcomed the Government’s Brexit White Paper which outlines the UK’s aims for a future economic relationship with the EU. Included in the White Paper is the much publicised Facilitated Customs Arrangement which essentially enables the continued frictionless trade between the UK and the EU. Commenting on the developments the British Ports Association’s Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne said: “It is clear that the Government has listened to businesses…

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British Ports Association for Border Continuity

As the UK Cabinet prepares for an away day’ at Chequers this week, the British Ports Association (BPA) has urged Ministers to agree a proposal that will ensure goods continue to flow uninterrupted between UK and EU ports post-Brexit. Commenting on the Government’s forthcoming revised customs ‘blueprint’ proposals the BPA’s Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne, said: “We are eagerly awaiting the outcome of the Cabinet discussions and forthcoming Brexit White Paper. The UK’s post-Brexit customs relationship with the EU will dictate how almost half of our trade is handled at the border.

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British Ports Chairman Steps Down

Shoreham Port’s Chief Executive, Rodney Lunn stood down as Chair of the British Ports Association (BPA), at their Annual General Meeting on yesterday after a two-year term. Rodney had been the Vice Chair of the BPA for two years prior to taking on the role of Chair in 2016. During his time as Chair, Rodney has been proactive in addressing key issues facing the ports industry. This has included developing good governance principles across the sector. Rodney has also championed for investment in the transport network, despite difficult times for public funding.

Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive. Photo: British Ports Association

British Ports Association Writes to PM on Brexit Concerns

The British Ports Association has written to the Prime Minister calling for funding guarantees for any new border facilities and digital infrastructure, which may be needed after the UK leaves the European Union. There are concerns from the industry that those ports with EU traffic will need to provide new facilities and digital infrastructure for government officials to carry out customs and other border checks. In the letter, Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive of the British…

We fully support the need for greater diversity in the sector and the creation of the Women in Transport platform is a much needed first step as a catalyst for change Photo courtesy Shoreham Port

Supporting Women in Transport EU Platform for change

On behalf of the British Ports Association (BPA), Shoreham Port attended the first meeting of The European Sea Ports Organization (ESPO) European HR network today. The meeting took place at ESPO in Brussels and brought together HR professionals of European ports that had travelled far and wide in order to exchange experience, best practice and share current concerns. The European network has been established following a European Commission initiative that was introduced at the end of 2017, to set up a high-level network ‘Women in Transport – EU platform for change’.

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British Ports Association Calls for ‘Frictionless’ Brexit

The British Ports Association has published a new strategic report - ‘A Brexit Dividend’, which calls on the UK Government to deliver on the Prime Minister’s pledge of ‘frictionless’ trade after Brexit. Following Monday's (March 19) agreement between UK and EU negotiators on the terms of a transition deal and ahead of the EU Council meeting later this week, the British Ports Association has published ‘A Brexit Dividend’. Ports are calling for a pragmatic deal with the EU on both…

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UK Ports to Invest $2.36 Bln in Infrastructure

Newly published research shows that U.K. ports and terminals have an estimated £1.7 billion ($2.36 billion) of port infrastructure investment in the development pipeline. The research is part of the British Ports Association’s ‘Port Futures’ program and was undertaken by infrastructure advisory firm Moffatt & Nichol. It captures significant schemes all over the U.K. and highlights how ports in all parts of the U.K. are investing in new facilities to foster growth in the U.K. market.

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British Ports Association Sets Priorities for 2018

The Chief Executive of the British Ports Association (BPA), Richard Ballantyne, has outlined the Association’s key priorities for 2018. These include continued interaction and influencing on the Brexit discussions, promotion of planning and freight policy reform, calls for increased transport connectivity investment and the rectification of the ‘definition of a ship’ legal anomaly. Discussions with the various parts of Westminster and the Devolved Governments on Brexit will continue to be a major feature for the ports industry this year.

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BPA Calls for Debate on Free Ports Policy

The British Ports Association has called for a new debate on a free ports policy following a report from trade specialists Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP. “Free ports and free trade areas at ports is an interesting concept which many UK ports are looking at. Brexit could mean that new customs and trade opportunities arise and any proposals which make the UK ports and logistics industry more competitive and improves the flow of goods at ports should be welcomed. Of course, free zone…

Le Touquet Treaty in Question

Commenting on recent speculation that the newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron might look to renegotiate the Le Touquet agreement, which enables British border officials to carry out checks in France, the British Ports Association (BPA) Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne, warned against an approach which could disrupt cross Channel trade.   “Any decisions on the Treaty should seriously consider the impacts on legitimate passengers and look to preserve the facilitation of trade flows,” Ballantyne said.

More UK Port Planning Needed -BPA

Welcoming the launch of Government’s Industrial Strategy, British Ports Association Chief Executive Richard Ballantyne has pressed for a greater focus on port connectivity and fast tracking of planning to help ports develop and grow. “We welcome the publication of today’s Industrial Strategy and support the strong focus on growing the economy, investing in transport and increasing trade,” Ballantyne said. “For our own sector we would also encourage measures that enable ports to develop and grow to be included in the Strategy.

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British Ports Association Looks Ahead

At the beginning of the New Year, British Ports Association (BPA) Chief Executive Richard Ballantyne has outlined the association’s key priorities for 2017, including ensuring U.K. port interests feature in the Brexit negotiations and encouraging increased Government investment in port road and rail connections. The BPA has also recently launched a lobbying campaign on ‘port zones’ which encourages policy makers to ensure port activity and development are not negatively impacted by marine protection designations.

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British Ports Promote Workforce Diversity

The British Ports Association (BPA) has established a new Human Resources and Employment Network which met for the first time last week in London. The group has identified some key areas on which it will focus. The initial meeting brought together HR managers and specialists from BPA member ports and discussed topics including diversity at all levels of the ports sector, apprenticeships, benchmarking, attracting talent and employment law. The U.K. ports sector employs around 118,000 people in a wide range of roles and is highly productive.

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7th Annual UK Ports Conference to Take Off Tomorrow

Tomorrow 23rd June international law firm Hill Dickinson LLP will be holding  its UK Ports Conference focusing on ‘The Future of UK Ports: changing regulation, shipping trend updates and new opportunities in the supply chain’. The 7th Annual UK Ports Conference will allow senior representatives from across the ports, shipping and maritime sector to network and discuss policy updates, shipping trends and the latest logistics and supply chain guidance. The day will also look at…

British Ports Association Welcomes New Legislation

The 2013 Marine Navigation Act introduces important changes to current legislation. The most important single change is the introduction of the ability of harbour authorities to take on harbour direction powers. This will allow harbours, in consultation with users, to manage traffic in the port area in a safe and efficient way. There are many harbours which still have not got these powers and so the new legislation will make a significant contribution to safety and to compliance with the Port Marine Safety Code.