Virtual Conference

UK Ports Conference

Monday 23 November - Thursday 26 November 2020


Day 1: Monday 23rd November
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
Richard Ballantyne
Chief Executive
British Ports Association
Part 1: Latest policy updates, support for port development, Brexit Responding to changing trade and shipping patterns
Keynote address
Latest policy and support for the UK port sector development
  • Update on Maritime 2050
  • Policy insight and implications for ports
  • Brexit and ports
Latest insight and trends in changing trade and shipping patterns
  • Current trends in trade and shipping
  • Global changes in shipping routes – how are shipping routes changing and are further changes expected?
  • Latest trends in RoRo, container, dry bulk and liquid bulk
  • How can ports respond to these changes?
Eleanor Hadland
Senior Analyst – Ports and Terminals
Break and networking
Panel discussion: Preparing for Brexit: latest updates and preparing for possible implications
  • How has Brexit impacted on investments? 
  • What do we know about Brexit so far and what further announcements are needed to help preparations?
  • Latest insight on trade deals
  • Responding to changing trade patterns
Tim Morris
Chief Executive Officer
UK Major Ports Group
Gavin Simmonds
Policy Director Commercial
UK Chamber of Shipping
Emma Leam-Saville
Route Agency & Border Compliance Director
DFDS Seaways
Ports' role in UK trade resilience
Doug Bannister
Chief Executive
Port of Dover
Preparing now for the port of the future: anticipating future technology, needs and port requirements
  • Future proofing infrastructure for further technological advances and demands
  • Building in flexibility
  • Understanding future port requirements – how are types of products and consumer demand changing
Matthew Beeton
Chief Executive Officer
Port of Tyne
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of day 1 and networking
Day 2 - Tuesday 24th November
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
Richard Ballantyne
Chief Executive
British Ports Association
Panel discussion: Planning and priorities for port development: identifying where and when to invest port infrastructure and improvements
  • Plans for port investment and infrastructure development
  • Identifying growth opportunities
  • What port development is needed?
Paul Olvhoj
Business Development Manager, Marine Services
Orkney Islands Council Harbour Authority
Part 2: Overcoming infrastructure challenges to support port development and improve port connectivity
MMO update: latest on planning and marine licensing
  • Working with MMO – how and when to engage
  • Timelines for marine licensing
Speaker from
Marine Management Organisation
National Infrastructure needed to support port development and growth through improved port connectivity
  • Planned rail upgrade and improvements 
  • Road improvement update


Guy Bates
Head of Freight Development
Network Rail
Networking break
Panel discussion: Improving port connectivity and hinterland links
  • Reducing emissions – modal shift to rail and feeders
  • Investing in port connectivity
Aart Hille Ris Lambers
UK Commercial Director
DP World
Part 3: Improving skills and safety at UK ports
Maintaining and improving safety at ports
  • Learning from recent incidents
  • Achieving a cultural shift within ports – breaking habits
Discussion: Responding to skills shortages and attracting talent to the ports sector
  • Recruitment and marketing the ports sector as a career – successfully attracting new talent to the sector
  • Apprenticeships for the sector
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of day 2 and networking
Day 3 - Wednesday 25th November
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
Richard Ballantyne
Chief Executive
British Ports Association
Part 4: Improving air quality and reducing emissions
Successfully improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions at ports
  • Creating greener ports
  • Developing an air quality plan
  • Working with the local area on air quality improvements
  • Monitoring emissions and improvements
  • Biggest barriers to reducing emissions
Fuels of the future: how can ports prepare for changing shipping fuels
  • How to reduce shipping emissions to meet environmental requirements
  • Trends in fuels and what is the fuel of the future?
  • How do ports need to respond – what infrastructure will be needed?
  • Rise in LNG and hydrogen
  • The impact of electric shipping charging on ports
Developing a green port strategy
  • Using technology to reduce emissions
  • Making ports more sustainable
Caroline Price
Director Green Ports
Royal HaskoningDHV
Discussion: How can ports become more sustainable – what actions need to be taken?
  • Technologies available to support reducing emissions? 
  • Initiatives underway 
  • How can ports successfully achieve decarbonisation? 
Justin Atkin
Port Representative, UK & Ireland
Antwerp Port Authority
Morning refreshments
Part 5: Planning and delivering port improvements and infrastructure
How to develop and create a port master plan
  • How to anticipate future infrastructure need and build in flexibility to masterplans
  • Reviewing existing port facilities and operations
  • Planning development around ports – safeguarding and securing land for future need
  • Engaging with local communities and area regarding port development
Asset management and upgrading legacy assets
  • Working with legacy assets – repurposing existing infrastructure
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • How can infrastructure be adapted
  • Unlocking potential of assets
Steve Roberts
Associate Director, Ports & Marine
Case study: successfully delivering new port infrastructure
  • Challenges during the planning process
  • Lessons learned
Planning and environmental regulations for new port development
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of day 3 and networking
Day 4 - Thursday 26th November
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
Richard Ballantyne
Chief Executive
British Ports Association
Emerging technologies and how they can be harnessed to improve port operation and efficiency
  • Operational efficiencies that can be achieved
  • What technology is available
  • Can existing infrastructure and equipment be upgraded with new technologies
  • The use of automation – how can automation technology improve port operations
Panel discussion: What does the port of the future look like?
  • What technology is being developed and is needed?
  • What are the trend in port development? 
  • What are the growth opportunities for ports and how do they need to respond now 
Changes and trends in ships sizes and how ports need to respond
  • What infrastructure is needed to support changing ships
  • What quays and berths are needed?
  • Ensuring onward transfer facilities
  • Warehousing needed to support larger vessels
Networking break
Shipping update: current status, plans and responding to environmental challenges
  • Growth plans and development
  • What do ports need to be able to provide – what infrastructure is needed?
  • Plans to reduce emissions
  • Choosing the best routes and ports
Cruise update: the future of cruise and update on plans
  • Where is the sector now?
  • What do cruise lines need from port terminals – what infrastructure and services are needed?
  • Plans for ships – possible future changes in ship size and fuels
Part 6: Opportunities for UK ports supporting the energy sector
Developing energy facilities at ports
  • The use of solar technology
  • Energy development opportunities
  • Value of energy facilities at ports
Opportunities for ports in supporting offshore development
  • Offshore wind plans and the opportunities for ports to support project delivery
  • Other opportunities for ports to support energy development
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of conference and networking

*All sessions include time for Q & A*

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