Ports, Marine and Maritime Events

Waterfront’s first ever conference was a ports conference, and twenty years later we’re still producing industry-leading events for the ports, marine and maritime sectors. Our events bring port directors together to discuss the latest policy and regulatory changes, network with colleagues, and share ideas on driving forward industry growth.

Event calendar

  • 9th Annual: UK Ports Conference 2017

    Tue 23rd - Wed 24th May 2017 Cavendish Conference Centre, London

    Now in its 9th year, the UK Ports conference which takes place over 2 days brings together senior representatives from the ports, shipping and maritime sectors to hear essential updates on changing policy and regulations, explore current trends and opportunities for growth, and offer detailed guidance on port development.

  • Rolling Stock Procurement Forum 2016

    Tue 15th November 2016 Addleshaw Goddard, London

    With larger orders recently placed and more on the way, this one day event provides a strategic review of rolling stock needs and procurement processes. Allowing you to receive all the latest information and timelines on recent and upcoming procurement, in addition to considering key issues which could affect the delivery of new rolling stock.

    Transport-Led Development in the Midlands 2016

    Wed 19th October 2016 DLA Piper, Birmingham

    This one day event will provide practical guidance on transport-led regeneration and development and the latest updates on future infrastructure schemes in the Midlands. It will also explore various finance options that are available for transport-led projects and look at the growing role of developer contributions and partnership working.

    8th Annual: UK Ports Conference 2016

    Tue 24th - Wed 25th May 2016 Hill Dickinson LLP, London

    Now in its 8th year, the UK Annual Ports Conference has been expanded for 2016 into a two-day programme, with day 1 providing the latest updates on policy issues, exploring the current trends and outlook, the examining "big" issues around national and regional and local infrastructure development. Day Two will examine and evaluate the opportunities and gaps in terms of port development for growing markets, considering the opportunities for ports to capitalise on renewable energy, containerised shipping and the development of intermodal facilities.

    This major national conference for the UK ports industry will also examine recent shipping trends and provide expert opinions on the outlook for shipping in terms of traffic forecasts via UK ports, both in the short-term and into 2020. Speakers will provide a succinct overview and update of the UK and EU ports policy landscape; vital to ports executives for shaping commercial objectives which are realistic and achievable in today's uncertain and competitive market.

    24th Annual: Rail Freight Group Conference 2016

    Wed 20th April 2016 Cavendish Conference Centre, London

    The 24th annual Rail Freight Group Conference brings together rail freight professionals for networking, learning and high level debate, as the freight industry's leaders come together to debate the biggest issues affecting the sector.

    This major annual conference will explore the current challenges and commercial opportunities for the sector, bringing together other 120+ attendees from the freight industry including operators, rail freight customers, and ports. Attend to review the government's plans and support for the sector, explore the implications of structure changes at Network Rail for the freight industry and future freight growth.

    Transport-Led Development in the North of England

    Wed 9th March 2016 DLA Piper, Manchester

    With the government’s commitment to developing the northern powerhouse, large scale transport projects already underway, and a focus on development and economic growth in the North, there are currently numerous development opportunities, as new and improved transport infrastructure

    4th Annual: Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Forum 2016

    Tue 9th - Wed 10th February 2016 Grand Connaught Rooms, London

    The UK's leading conference on the application process for nationally significant infrastructure projects returns to London on February 9-10th 2016. Due to overwhelming demand, this year's conference has moved to a private venue to allow for technical guidance, including a brand new stream on post-consent which will explore DCO implementation and preparing for construction.

    Widely recognised as the industry's largest gathering for those involved with NSIPs projects, this event has attracted 400 attendees since it launched in 2013, bringing together project promoters, local authorities, statutory consultees, and planning professionals to share best practice on creating a successful application.  A must-attend event for anyone involved in infrastructure planning, this conference will help you gain a complete understanding of how to prepare a DCO as you to hear crucial insights from The Planning Inspectorate and those that have successfully completed the process.

    7th Annual: UK Ports Conference

    Tue 23rd June 2015 Hill Dickinson LLP, London

    This year's event will allow you to hear from different port users on their experiences of working with UK ports, including what makes a port the best option and what more ports could be offering to make them a better choice. Understand how ports can help facilitate supply chains and explore how to best manage imports and exports.

    The day will explore what the latest shipping pattern updates mean for the UK. From examining the container market and current port capacity, to changing short sea shipping patterns, understand what opportunities are available and the impacts these trends will have for ports. Also attend for your chance to review the impact of the sulphur regulations 6 months on, allowing a better understanding of the effect these are having on shipping patterns and what future changes might be.

    23rd Annual: Rail Freight Group Conference

    Wed 3rd June 2015 Stephenson Harwood, London

    The rail freight industry's annual flagship event brings together rail freight professionals and offers the chance to debate the latest and most pertinent issues affecting the sector. The event will explore the current challenges and future opportunities for the freight industry.

    Attend to hear the latest updates from Network Rail on their plans for the freight network, discuss what the 2015 elections mean for the rail freight industry, including what the government's freight priorities are, and review rail freight in 2015 from an operator's perspective.

    Port Strategy: Maximising Your Port’s Potential Through Infrastructure Solutions

    Wed 25th February 2015 Bircham Dyson Bell, London

    This event will explore how you can upgrade existing port infrastructure and deliver new developments to maximise your port's potential. By looking at a number of important issues, you will have the chance to consider the optimum strategy for your port, discuss the benefits of having a port master plan in place and assess the importance of port economic forecasting on development.

    Attend to examine the different planning consenting routes and find out how you can plan for new development, including how to match timelines for planning, environmental and dredging consents, to result in effective project delivery. Understand what infrastructure solutions are needed by exploring the latest trends and impacts of changing shipping patterns and size.

    Opportunities for UK Ports in the Energy Sector

    Tue 2nd December 2014 Holman Fenwick Willan, London

    At this event the ports and energy sectors will come together to receive an in-depth update on a number of energy sources and how ports can be involved. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear case studies from ports involved with supporting each energy source. Discuss the benefits, advantages and challenges of each option and take away lesson which can be applied to development and expansion of your port.

    6th Annual UK Ports Conference

    Wed 25th June 2014 Eversheds, London

    This June, the UK ports industry will gather to discuss the many challenges facing port owners and operators. This will provide an excellent opportunity for updates on the policy and initiatives proposed by the European Commission and UK Government from expert speakers and industry leaders.

    Attend to explore how the market is valuing port assets both in the UK and globally and what shifts in market supply chains are occurring, review the global shipping forecasts and the impacts of these for UK, and look at port development, including examining the planning framework and investing in ports for the future.

    The Role of Ports in Supporting the Energy Sector

    Tue 4th March 2014 Bircham Dyson Bell, London

    This national conference brought together the ports and energy sectors to discuss where the opportunities lie, assess future predictions and trends, and review current energy policy and how it will impact on port investment.

    From oil and coal, to offshore and marine technologies, this one-day event provided an in-depth update on each energy source and how ports can be involved.  Attendees heard case studies from those involved with supporting each energy source, found out what development opportunities are available and how ports can provide the required infrastructure.

    Opportunities for Ports in Supporting Offshore Wind

    Tue 10th December 2013

    With a number of larger, higher and further from shore offshore wind farms being consented or now beginning construction, there are many available opportunities for ports to support the supply chain and help secure the UK's place as an offshore wind leader.

    Delegates who attended this one day event heard from manufacturers and developers on the qualities they look for from ports and their experiences so far, while port representatives involved with offshore wind talked on their lessons, timelines and available opportunities.

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