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UK Ports Conference

Tuesday 24 November - Wednesday 25 November 2020


Registration and refreshments
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
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?
Eleanor Hadland
Senior Analyst – Ports and Terminals
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
Gavin Simmonds
Policy Director Commercial
UK Chamber of Shipping
Ports' role in UK trade resilience
Doug Bannister
Chief Executive
Port of Dover
Part 3: Identifying growth and development opportunities
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
Matthew Beeton
Chief Executive Officer
Port of Tyne
Networking lunch
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
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?
Doug Bannister
Chief Executive
Port of Dover
Part 4: Overcoming infrastructure challenges to support port development and improve port connectivity
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
Aart Hille Ris Lambers
UK Commercial Director
DP World
Darren Briggs
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
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
Developing a green port strategy
  • Using technology to reduce emissions
  • Making ports more sustainable
Nicola Clay
Director Smart Ports
Royal HaskoningDHV
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
Hasan Batmaz
Port Masterplanning Lead
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
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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