11th Annual (2019)

UK Ports Conference

Tuesday 14 May - Wednesday 15 May 2019

Programme

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Day 1 (14th May): Overcoming the challenges facing the UK ports sector
08:45
Registration and refreshments
09:30
Chair’s opening remarks
Richard Ballantyne
Chief Executive
British Ports Association
Part 1: Latest policy update and responding to changing markets
09:40
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Support for the port sector growth and development
10:05
PORTS POLICY UPDATE: The latest policy implications for ports in 2019
  • Plans and investment in ports
  • Policy updates and the implications for ports
  • Support for improved connectivity at ports
10:30
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
10:55
Morning refreshments
11:25
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
UK Major Ports Group
12:25
Networking lunch
13:25
The role of the MMO in marine planning and port development
  • The latest updates on marine planning, permitting and licencing
  • Engaging with the Marine Management Organisation
Part 2: Responding to the challenges facing UK ports – improving connectivity and responding to skills challenges
13:40
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

Speaker from
PD Ports
14:40
Afternoon refreshments
15:10
Improving infrastructure resilience at ports
  • Improving infrastructure resilience
  • What are the challenges and how can they be resolved?
  • What are the issues worldwide?
  • Innovations in improving resilience
15:40
Responding to the skills shortage in the ports 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
16:10
CLOSING ADDRESS: Support and plans for the UK port sector
16:40
Chair’s closing remarks
16:50
Close of conference and networking drinks
Day 2 (15th May): Delivering growth at ports through new and updated infrastructure
08:45
Registration and refreshments
09:30
Chair’s opening remarks
Richard Ballantyne
Chief Executive
British Ports Association
Part 3: Planned and recent port developments
09:40
Plans and updates on port developments
  • Identifying which areas to invest in
  • Planned improvements
10:30
CASE STUDY: Developing ports and planning for new infrastructure
  • Planning for new infrastructure
  • Current works and plans
  • Overcoming potential pitfalls
  • Lessons learnt and guidance
10:55
Morning refreshments
11:25
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
Part 4: Improving air quality and overcoming environmental challenges
11:50
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
Environment Manager
Port of London Authority
12:15
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
12:40
Networking lunch
Part 5: Innovation in planning for new infrastructure and technology at ports
13:40
Planning for and delivering infrastructure at ports
  • Future proofing and embedding technology into new infrastructure
  • The value of good design in infrastructure planning
  • Gaining planning consent for new infrastructure – the different consenting routes and requirements
14:05
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
14:30
Beyond operations: Exploring all channels for commercial success
  • Using land more efficiently
  • The role of communication and community engagement in driving growth
14:55
Afternoon refreshments
15:25
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
15:50
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
16:15
Chair’s closing remarks
16:20
Close of conference

*All sessions include time for Q & A*