11th Annual (2019)

UK Ports Conference

Tuesday 14 May - Wednesday 15 May 2019

11th Annual (2019)

UK Ports Conference

Driving growth at UK ports: responding to uncertainty and changing markets and delivering infrastructure, innovation and improved connectivity
Tue 14 - Wed 15 May 2019 Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London
The UK Ports Conference is an essential update for the UK ports industry, bringing together senior representatives from across the ports, shipping and maritime sectors to explore the opportunities and challenges facing the port sector. This unique event, taking place over two separately bookable days, offers detailed insight on the latest policy issues and how ports can respond to uncertainty, while also exploring how to deliver successful port development, which incorporates the latest technology and innovations.

Highlights of attending:


  • Explore changing trade and shipping patterns and the implications of these for ports
  • Join the discussion on how UK ports can plan and respond to uncertainty, including considering the potential impacts of Brexit
  • Understand the latest advances in technology and how these can be used to increase ports efficiency
  • Explore how to improve air quality and emissions
  • Hear the latest plans to improve port connectivity
  • Receive the latest updates on ports on their long-term plans and future developments
  • 6+ hours of networking with senior ports professionals

Just some of the organisations who have attended this event previously:

Associated British Ports
Belfast Harbour
Boskalis Westminster
British Ports Association
Caledonian Maritime Assets
CalMac Ferries
Chamber of Shipping
DB Cargo
Department for Infrastructure
Department for Transport
Dover Port
DP World London Gateway
DP World Southampton
Forth Ports

Freightliner Group
GRAHAM Construction
Harwich Haven Authority
Highways England
Marine Management Organisation
National Laboratory Service
Natural England
Network Rail
PD Ports
Peel Ports
Port of Dover
Port of Felixstowe
Port of London Authority
Port of Milford Haven

Port of Tyne
Port Skills and Safety
Port Training Services
Portsmouth International Port
Shoreham Port
Solent Gateway
Stema Shipping
The Bristol Port Company
The Crown Estate
Thurrock Council
Transas Marine
Transport for the North
UK Chamber of Shipping
UK Major Ports Group

Register more than one attendee and receive a 15% discount

UKMPG discuss the opportunities, challenges and recent trends facing the the ports sector in 2019 and beyond

Ahead of the UK Ports Conference on 14th and 15th May in London, Tim Morris, UKMPG’s Chief Executive, shares his thoughts on the biggest challenges, opportunities and trends facing the ports sector in 2019 and beyond.

Martin Mannion discusses the UK ports industry

Martin Mannion delivers his insight on what the future holds for the UK port industry - including the potential impact of Brexit, growth opportunities, shipping trends, improving connectivity and embracing innovation.

Interested in sponsoring?

To find out more about sponsoring the 2019 UK Ports Conference, please click on the link below.

Excellent networking and stimulating presentations.

Why should I attend?

Attend day one to hear the latest policy updates and explore changing trade and shipping trends and the impact of these on ports. The day will explore the most pertinent issues facing ports in the coming years, including how to improve port connectivity and respond to skills challenges.

Day 2 will provide a complete update and overview on delivering development at ports. Attend to hear the latest innovation and thinking on improving air quality and how to incorporate technology advances into operations and infrastructure – including the role of autonomous technology. Hear from ports on their plans for growth and explore how to practically plan for development.

Very relevant topics and presentation with excellent networking opportunities to discuss them.

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

Worthwhile, informative and recommended to others within our organisation.

A good overview of port trends and challenges ahead.

Informative and very knowledgeable speakers.


Burges Salmon
Barton Willmore


McLaughlin & Harvey
Fellows International
Blue Group
Buttimer Engineering

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