Resilient ports look for recovery

Incoming British Ports Association chair Neil Glendinning praised the industry’s resilience throughout the Covid-19 pandemic at a time when others  were scaling back operations. He added that while the last twelve months have been difficult, the next twelve months present an opportunity for the sector to pursue a recovery effort that prioritises decarbonisation and a robust logistical network capable of dealing with such unforeseen events. UK Maritime Minister Robert Courts MP joined ... [+]

Ports welcome fast-track planning for Brexit

The British Ports Association has welcomed a new Special Development Order for key council areas that will fast track the planning processes for Brexit-related border infrastructure at and around ports. However, it warns that there is still a lot to be done in a short time. BPA chief executive, Richard Ballantyne ... [+]

Autonomous shipping – views wanted

The British Ports Association is calling for evidence for a new Autonomous Shipping in Ports Network on what ports should consider to prepare for receiving autonomous vessels in future. It will feed into the BPA’s own analysis as well as its discussion with industry partners through bodies such as the ... [+]

BPA to host online customs course

The British Ports Association and the UK Customs Academy are holding a free introductory online training course on customs rules at 2pm-3.30pm on 23 June. BPA says that while most requirements will be on freight operators and cargo owners, port operations will have some new responsibilities and the session will ... [+]

BPA postpones conference to 2021

The British Ports Association is to postpone its 2020 Annual Conference scheduled for  October in Aberdeen until next year, 6-7 October 2021. Anyone who has booked a Partnership Package or made enquiries with the sponsorship team you will have been contacted directly by them to discuss options for the rescheduled ... [+]

Ports see first signs of recovery

There are signs of recovery for certain industries, according to a report published by the British Ports Association (BPA) and analysts Port Centric Logistics Partners on 8 June. It says that while UK GDP has fallen by 2% in volume in the first quarter of this year, the greatest fall since ... [+]

Covid – it’s even worse than Brexit, say ports

UK Ports now face greater uncertainty due to covid-19 than they did Brexit, according to a new survey published by the British Ports Association (BPA) on 18 May. It said that only 36% of UK ports feel confident about their business outlook over the next 12 months and 86% reported either ... [+]

Ports welcome furloughing extension

The British Ports Association (BPA) has welcomed the announcement by the Chancellor on 12 May that the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended for four months until the end of October. It also said that updated social distancing would give businesses a practical framework to continue, or restart, ... [+]

Closure powers should be last resort, say ports – updated

The British Ports Association says that emergency powers the  new Emergency Bill allowing the Government to close ports and airports in the face of Border Force staff shortages should only be used sparingly and if there is real need. Keeping the UK’s global gateways open for trade should be a priority, ... [+]

Ports set out their priorities

The British Ports Association (BPA) has published an agenda outlining the industry's requests of government for the coming years. The BPA’s 2020 New Government Briefing outlines how industry and government can work in partnership to deliver for ports and the leading issues that the UK ports industry is currently facing. They include ... [+]

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