10th Annual (2018)

UK Ports Conference

Tuesday 22 May - Wednesday 23 May 2018

10th Annual (2018)

UK Ports Conference

Identifying opportunities for growth and delivering port infrastructure to support emerging markets and respond to trade and shipping patterns
Tue 22 - Wed 23 May 2018 Congress Centre, Central London
Now in its 10th year, the UK Ports Conference is an essential update for the UK ports industry that brings together senior representatives from across the ports, shipping and maritime sectors to explore the opportunities and challenges facing the port sector, now and in the coming years. Taking place over two separately bookable days, this unique event provides the latest updates on policy issues and current trends, while also exploring port development opportunities and how infrastructure can be successfully delivered.

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the UK Ports Conference, we are delighted to announce the launch of the inaugural UK Port Awards and drinks reception, taking place after the conference on Tuesday 22nd May 2018. The awards are the industry's chance to celebrate the success and excellence of the UK ports sector this year.

Highlights of attending:

  • Hear updates from ports on their current work and planned development
  • Explore the latest innovations and technology developments, and how these can be used to optimise port operations
  • Receive the latest policy updates and explore the impact of these
  • Hear detailed case studies on how to plan and deliver port infrastructure
  • Consider the possible implications of Brexit for ports, including the impact on customs and how ports can start to plan accordingly
  • Take away the latest insight on changing trade and shipping patterns and explore how these impact on planned development and infrastructure
  • Understand the current environmental challenges facing ports and how these can be overcome - including a focus on improving air quality and reducing emissions in ports
  • Take advantage of 6+ hours' networking with over 150 senior-level attendees from the ports and shipping sectors

Just some of the key organisations that are attending this event:

Associated British Ports
BAM Nuttall
Belfast Harbour
Bodell Ports Consultancy
Boskalis Westminster
British Ports Association
Burges Salmon
CalMac Ferries
Department for Transport
Dover Port
EH Hassell & Sons
GRAHAM Construction
Hapag-Lloyd (UK)
Harwich Haven Authority
HaskoningDHV UK
Hogia Transport Systems

Kongsberg Norcontrol
Kuehne and Nagel
L&M Keating
LDA Design
Marine Management Organisation
MDS Transmodal
Mercator Media
Met Office
Natural England
Network Rail
NewWaves Solutions
Peel Ports
Pinsent Masons
Port of London Authority
Port Training Services
Portsmouth International Port
Ramboll UK
Robert West
Royal HaskoningDHV
RPS Group

Shoreham Port
Solent Gateway
Stride Treglown
Thames Estuary Partnership
The Bristol Port Company
The Crown Estate
Thurrock Council
Transport for the North
Transport Systems Catapult
UK Chamber of Shipping
UK Major Ports Group
Waldeck Consulting
Wedlake Bell
Weightmans Solicitors

Download the full list of organisations that have attended previously here.

Book your place

We offer a 15% discount on bookings of more than one attendee.

Excellent forum for updating knowledge of key industry issues.

Why should I attend?

Day 1 will feature the latest updates on policy issues, current shipping and trade trends to help you forward plan for both the short and long term. Join senior port representatives to explore the possible implications of Brexit and how ports can be prepared. Examine the plans, and what improvements are needed, for national infrastructure to better support ports, including how to improve port connectivity.

Day 2 will provide the latest insight on the opportunities for port development, reviewing the emerging commercial and investment opportunities for ports, as well as how to plan and deliver the infrastructure needed to support these. Attend to hear how to incorporate emerging technology into your forward plans, and how these can be used to improve port operations.

Who will I meet?

  • Port operators and owners
  • Ship owners and operators
  • Harbour authorities
  • Government, local authorities and LEPS
  • Rail freight operators
  • Institutional investors
  • Maritime trade unions
  • Environmental groups and environmental lawyers
  • Property developers
  • Consultants – planning, environment and economic forecasting
  • Port infrastructure specialists
  • Safety, training and skills bodies
  • Road freight companies
  • Transport specialists

UKMPG discuss the future of the UK ports industry

Tim Morris, Chief Executive of UK Major Ports Group shares his thoughts on the future of the UK ports industry.

AECOM discuss biggest issues and opportunities for UK ports sector

Martin Manion, Port & Maritime Director – Europe, Middle, India and Africa at AECOM shares his thoughts on the biggest challenges facing the ports sector.

Concentrated forum for port operations, challenges, opportunities and required services.

Interested in sponsoring?

To find out more about sponsoring the UK Ports Conference, please click on the link below.

Informative presentations, interesting discussions, good networking, great location.


Royal HaskoningDHV UK
Port Strategy
LDA Design
Burges Salmon


McLaughlin & Harvey

Supporting partner


Landmark Chambers

Media partners



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