12th Annual (2020)

UK Ports Conference

Tuesday 19 May - Wednesday 20 May 2020


Registration and refreshments
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
Richard Ballantyne
Chief Executive
British Ports Association
Part 1: Latest policy updates and support for port development
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
Part 2: Responding to changing trade and shipping patterns
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?
Morning refreshments
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
Emma Leam-Saville
Route Agency & Border Compliance Director
DFDS Seaways
Part 3: Identifying growth and development opportunities
Shipping update: plans for development 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
Networking lunch
Cruise update: Future plans and explore what ports need to provide cruise lines
  • Forward plans and opportunities for development
  • 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  
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?
Part 4: 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
Afternoon refreshments
Rail infrastructure needed to support port development and growth through improved port connectivity
  • Planned rail upgrade and improvements
Guy Bates
Head of Freight Development
Network Rail
Panel discussion: Improving port connectivity and hinterland links
  • Reducing emissions – modal shift to rail and feeders
  • Investing in port connectivity
Geoff Lippitt
Group Business Development Director
PD Ports
Part 5: 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
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 conference and networking drinks
Registration and Refreshments
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
Richard Ballantyne
Chief Executive
British Ports Association
Part 6: Improving air quality and reducing emissions
Government support and commitment to 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
Alan Tinline
Head of Environment
Associated British Ports
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
Morning refreshments
Part 7: Planning and delivering port improvements and new infrastructure
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
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
Networking Lunch
Planning and environmental regulations for new port development
Case study: successfully delivering new port infrastructure
  • Challenges during the planning process
  • Lessons learned
Warren Marshall
Group Planning Director
Peel Ports
Part 8: Technology and planning for the port of the future
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
Afternoon refreshments
Preparing now for the port of the future: anticipating future technology, needs and port requirements
  • Future proofing infrastructure for further technology advances and demands
  • Building in flexibility 
  • Understanding future port requirements – how are types of products and consumer demand changing
Part 9: 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

*All sessions include time for Q & A*

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