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
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
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
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
UK Major Ports Group
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

Speaker from
PD Ports
Justin Atkin
Port Representative, UK & Ireland
Antwerp Port Authority
Afternoon refreshments
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
Chantal McRoberts
Principal Consultant
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
CLOSING ADDRESS: Support and plans for the UK port sector
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
CASE STUDY: Developing ports and planning for new infrastructure
  • Planning for new infrastructure
  • Current works and plans
  • Overcoming potential pitfalls
  • Lessons learnt and guidance
Morning refreshments
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
Global Service Line Director, Ports, Marine and Waterways
Part 4: Improving air quality and overcoming environmental challenges
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
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
Networking lunch
Part 5: Innovation in planning for new infrastructure and technology at ports
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
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
Beyond operations: Exploring all channels for commercial success
  • Using land more efficiently
  • The role of communication and community engagement in driving growth
Afternoon refreshments
Overcoming environmental challenges facing the development of ports
  • Environmental concerns and solutions
  • Delivering greener infrastructure
  • Potential changes to environmental requirements
Richard Turney
Landmark Chambers
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
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
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of conference

*All sessions include time for Q & A*