10th Annual (2018)

UK Ports Conference

Tuesday 22 May - Wednesday 23 May 2018


Day 1 (22nd May): Latest policy update and responding to changing markets
Registration and refreshments
Chair's opening remarks
Richard Ballantyne
Chief Executive
British Ports Association
Part 1: Policy and support for port development
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Commitment and investment in the port sector
Nusrat Ghani MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport
Part 2: The impact on the UK of changing trade and shipping patterns
The latest trends and current insights on trade and shipping patterns: how are trade patterns changing and expected to change?
  • Current trends in trade and shipping
  • Short and long term perspectives of trade patterns
  • How are shipping routes changing and how are they further expected to change?
  • What are the continuing impacts of the shipping alliances on shipping routes?
  • What road and rail links are needed to support future trade patterns?
Chris Rowland
Managing Director
MDS Transmodal
Latest policy updates and support for port development
  • Changing policy and the implications for ports
  • Outcomes of the port connectivity study
  • Latest trade forecasts
  • Brexit and ports
Rod Paterson
Deputy Director, Maritime Infrastructure, People, Services & Safety
Department for Transport
Morning refreshments
PANEL DISCUSSION: Preparing for and exploring the possible implications of Brexit
  • Possible implications for customs
  • Preparing for possible implications – what are the options and how can ports prepare?
  • The possible short and long term impacts – creating plans for both the next 18 months and the next 10 years
  • How has Brexit made an impact on investments so far?
  • What further information is needed, and when, to help preparations and forward plans?
Tim Morris
Chief Executive Officer
UK Major Ports Group
Tim Reardon
Policy Director
UK Chamber of Shipping
Richard Christian
Head of Policy and Communications
Port of Dover
Shipping perspective: what do ports need to be able to offer shipping companies to make them the best option?
  • What affects choices when choosing the best routes and ports?
  • What services and infrastructure are shipping lines looking for?
  • Forward plans and vessel design aspirations
  • Current challenges facing services
  • Ports role in supporting supply chains
Cameron Bowie
Managing Director
Hapag-Lloyd (UK)
Networking lunch
How to reduce shipping emissions to meet environmental requirements
  • Air quality requirements and the impact on shipping
  • Reducing traffic and emissions in ports
  • Implementing possible solutions
Dr Carlo Raucci
Principal Consultant
Part 3: Overcoming infrastructure and environmental challenges
Marine plans and marine licensing
  • Making the case for port development
  • Latest updates on marine licensing
  • Current status of marine plans
  • Progress with implementation of Marine Conservation Zones
John Tuckett
Chief Executive
Marine Management Organisation
Afternoon refreshments
PANEL DISCUSSION: Overcoming national infrastructure challenges to support port development
  • Improved port road and rail connectivity – developing hinterland links
  • Available funding for supporting infrastructure and planned future investment
  • The impact of devolution on delivering port infrastructure and connectivity
  • Ports' role in driving national growth and the infrastructure needed to support this
  • Can the UK's national infrastructure support larger ship sizes, are further changes needed?
Guy Bates
Head of Freight Development
Network Rail
Aart Hille Ris Lambers
UK Commercial Director
DP World
Simon Emery
Senior Economic Development Manager
Highways England
Anna Dabrowska
Senior Managing Consultant
Atkins, member of the SNC-Lavalin Group
Part 4: Responding to skills shortages and increasing port safety
Leadership and engaging people in safety culture improvement
  • Investing in safety and making ports safer
  • Improving safety procedures and training staff
  • Managing risks
David Brown
Chief Executive Officer
The Bristol Port Company
PANEL DISCUSSION: Training and attracting new talent to the industry - responding to skills shortages and increasing diversity in the port sector
  • Developing the skills needed to support port operations and development
  • Upskilling and training existing staff
  • Apprenticeships and training
Colin Bassam
Port Training Services
Amanda Viljoen
Apprentice Programme Manager (Marine, Pilot, Port Ops Apprenticeships)
Associated British Ports
Richard Steele
Executive Director
Port Skills and Safety
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of conference
Networking drinks and awards (Sponsored by Royal HaskoningDHV)
Day 2 (23rd May): Driving port development and incorporating new technologies
Registration and refreshments
Chair’s opening remarks
Richard Ballantyne
Chief Executive
British Ports Association
Part 4: Updates on port development plans and delivering new infrastructure
Opening address
Andy McDonald MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
Latest insight and updates on port development plans
  • Planned investment and development
  • Improving connectivity and links
  • Creating and implementing master plans
  • Identifying new markets and business opportunities
  • Infrastructure changes needed to support increasing ship sizes

Each port will give a short update on their current plans

Warren Marshall
Group Planning Director
Peel Ports
Tim James
Director of Energy Development
Port of Milford Haven
Morning refreshments
Developing and creating port masterplans
  • Anticipating change and building in flexibility to port masterplans
  • Reviewing existing port facilities and operations to assess capacity
  • Identifying which business opportunities to pursue and the necessary infrastructure to support them
  • Looking outside the Port Gate and planning with statutory authorities 
  • Engaging with Communities
Nigel Bodell
Bodell Port Consultant
The value of an alternative perspective on long term port planning
  • How broader horizons help to optimise the value of port assets
  • Learning the hard way - lessons from within the port industry
  • How to get the best out of port masterplans
Paul Connelly
Director of Planning and Regeneration
LDA Design
Port Assets: the business case for life extension
  • Safety and security considerations when mothballing infrastructure
  • Conservation considerations
  • Maintaining operations when refurbishing or replacing business critical assets
  • Liabilities associated with contaminated land
Martin Mannion
Port & Maritime Director – Europe, Middle, India and Africa
Networking lunch
Part 5: Incorporating new innovations and technologies into development
Creating greener ports: how to improve air quality and reduce emissions
  • Reducing emissions
  • What are the possible clean energy sources?
  • Using emerging technologies to reduce emissions
Tom McCarty
Incorporating new technologies into infrastructure plans: harnessing new technologies that improve port efficiencies
  • What are the latest emerging technologies and innovations?
  • The use of automation technology worldwide and how it can be used in the UK?
  • Big data and ports – using data effectively to improve decision making
  • Cost reductions through approved efficiency
  • Using technology to improve asset management
Mike Ramsay
Technical Director of Maritime and Waterways
Royal HaskoningDHV
Autonomous Ships
  • The Yara Birkeland – What, Why, How and When
Steve Guest
Business Development and Marketing Director
Kongsberg Norcontrol
Afternoon refreshments
Part 6: Planning and environment
Planning regulations and gaining planning consent for new development
  • Timelines for development
  • The different consent processes
  • DCO and port infrastructure – what can be learnt from previous applications?
  • What are the regulations and what work is required?
  • Resources needed to frontload the process
  • What needs to be done at the planning stages to help project delivery?
Liz Dunn
Burges Salmon
Changing environmental regulation and the impacts on port development
  • Recent changes to EIA requirements
  • Changes affecting permitted development rights
Richard Turney
Landmark Chambers
Part 7: The latest updates on the role of ports in supporting energy projects
The opportunity for ports in supporting energy projects
  • Oil and Gas Supply bases
  • Decommissioning ports
  • Offshore wind supply bases
Dimitris Pachakis
Technical Director
LNG Bunkering at ports: what are the opportunities for ports to support LNG?
  • Trends in LNG Use
  • What facilities and infrastructure do ports need to provide?
  • What are the opportunities for ports?
Keith Bainbridge
Managing Director
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of conference

*All session include time for a short Q&A*