11th Annual (2019)

UK Ports Conference

Tuesday 14 May - Wednesday 15 May 2019


Day 1 (14th May): Overcoming the challenges facing the UK ports sector
Registration and refreshments
Chair’s opening remarks
Richard Ballantyne
Chief Executive
British Ports Association
Part 1: Latest policy update and responding to changing markets
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Support for the port sector growth and development
Nusrat Ghani MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport
Looking to the future: Changing trade and shipping patterns
  • Current trade patterns and trends
  • Short and long term changes to trade patterns – the potential impact of Brexit and international trade deals
  • Expected changes to global shipping patterns
  • Trends to the containers, RoRo, bulk and liquid markets
Chantal McRoberts
Principal Consultant
Morning refreshments
PANEL DISCUSSION: Responding to change: The opportunities and challenges of changing markets for the UK ports industry
  • Looking at the expected long term impacts of Brexit – how should ports respond?
  • What are the implications of Brexit for ports and how can they respond?
  • What are the biggest challenges facing UK ports in 2019/2020 and how can the sector respond?
  • Where are the opportunities, new markets and growth areas for ports?
  • Learning from disruption in the industry – how to respond quickly to change
Tim Morris
Chief Executive Officer
UK Major Ports Group
Alex Veitch
General Manager - Public Policy
Logistics UK
Andrew Meaney
Networking lunch
Part 2: Responding to the challenges facing UK ports – improving connectivity and responding to skills challenges
PANEL DISCUSSION: The importance of improved connectivity to support port development
  • Planned improvements to the road network to reduce congestion – the projects in RIS1 and the plans for RIS2
  • What are the national infrastructure challenges facing port development?
  • Improving rail connectivity to enable port development – planned enhancement for CP6
  • The opportunities and challenges facing the network
  • The importance of rail infrastructure links to address air quality challenges
  • What further improvement and investment is needed for the freight network?

15 minute updates from each speaker followed by questions and discussion

Justin Atkin
Port Representative, UK & Ireland
Antwerp Port Authority
Lucy Hudson
Principal Policy Officer Freight and Logistics
Transport for the North
Geoff Lippitt
Group Business Development Director
PD Ports
Afternoon refreshments
Improving infrastructure resilience to support the supply chain
  • Why do we need resilient infrastructure?
  • What political, environmental and technological events are disrupting supply chains?
  • How organisations are treating resilience of their supply chains.
  • What improvements can be made to improve resilience?
  • A link to Resilience Shift and the global workshops
Darren Briggs
PANEL DISCUSSION: Responding to the skills shortage in the maritime industry
  • Increasing diversity in the sector
  • How does the industry need to respond to skills challenges?
  • Attracting new talent and young people to the industry
Colin Bassam
Port Training Services
Kathryn Neilson
Merchant Navy Training Board
Richard Steele
Executive Director
Port Skills and Safety
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of conference and networking drinks
Day 2 (15th May): Delivering growth at ports through new and updated infrastructure
Registration and refreshments
Chair’s opening remarks
Richard Ballantyne
Chief Executive
British Ports Association
Part 3: Planned and recent port developments
Plans and updates on port developments
  • Identifying which areas to invest in
  • Planned improvements
John Chaplin
Director of External Affairs & Special Projects
The Bristol Port Company
Progressing modernisation through an improved culture of learning
  • Sharing experiences and learning from each other
  • Learning from other industries
  • Improving health and safety
Lucy Armstong
Port of Tyne
The latest trends and updates on cruise terminal development
  • Planning for cruise and ferry terminal improvements
  • Improving passenger flow through cruise terminals
  • The use of technology in improving cruise operations
Nick Clarke
Director, Ports, Marine and Waterways
Morning refreshments
Part 4: Innovation in planning for new infrastructure, technology and improving air quality at ports
Improving air quality and reducing emissions at ports
  • Challenges facing improving air quality
  • Creating plans to improve air quality
  • What issues need to be resolved?
Tanya Ferry
Head of Environment
Port of London Authority
Reducing shipping emissions: Predicating and preparing for the shipping fuels of the future
  • Anticipating changing fuels – looking at the evolution of shipping vessels worldwide and investigating fuels of the future
  • The rise of LNG and hydrogen – are UK ports prepared?
  • Progress with retrofit and use of scrubbers
  • Potential impacts for ports
  • The role of ports to provide ship to shore infrastructure improvements
Anna Ziou
Policy Director (Safety & Environment)
UK Chamber of Shipping
Planning and delivering infrastructure at ports: how to build flexibility into planning for port infrastructure
  • Gaining planning consent for new infrastructure – the different consenting routes and requirements
  • Building in flexibility
Liz Dunn
Burges Salmon
Lucy Wood
Barton Willmore
Networking lunch
The role of masterplanning in driving port development
  • Land use and masterplanning at ports - the importance of flexible masterplanning
  • Engaging with the wider community – the links between ports and the surrounding cities
Martin Mannion
Mannion Marine
Overcoming environmental challenges facing the development of ports
  • Environmental concerns and solutions
  • Delivering greener infrastructure
  • Potential changes to environmental requirements
Richard Turney
Landmark Chambers
Afternoon refreshments
Using technology and innovations to drive operational improvements and port efficiency
  • Embedding technology into new and existing infrastructure and processes
  • Operational improvements and helping processes
  • The latest innovations in the sector
  • Leading projects worldwide and how technology can be applied in the UK
Indra Vonck
The uses for and value of autonomous technology at ports
  • The potential uses of automisation at ports
  • Using automisation to optimise port operational constraints and improve land use
  • Trends in autonomous shipping and what it means for future development at ports
David Barton
Account Manager, Marine & Ports
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of conference

*All sessions include time for Q & A*