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Consider coastal shipping, urges ports group

[ May 4, 2018   //   ]

British Ports Association chief executive, Richard Ballantyne called for a new national freight strategy to include coastal shipping, at a Freight Transport Association Multimodal seminar on 3 May.

He said: “We have been pressing Government to produce a new national ‘freight strategy’ covering all transport modes. Built into that could be some renewed consideration of coastal shipping opportunities…  It’s not an easy win but the UK’s island geography and proximity to continental Europe means it is definitely worth refreshing national thinking.

“As well as freight grants the Government could look at creating a planning environment to provide ports, developers and shippers with the right conditions to consider new services.”
The Association is planning to hold an event with Freight Transport Association’s water freight promotional body, Freight by Water, later in the year to stimulate the debate.


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