BPA sets out its new year resolutions

The British Ports Association says it is looking for more policy wins in 2022 in its agenda for the industry over the next 12 months. Reducing emissions and supporting biodiversity will remain high priority as government regulation continues to grow and BPA expects significant developments in shore power and new dredging frameworks. Adaptation to climate change is likely to grow in policy importance as will wider resilience.  Freeports and 'levelling up' ... [+]

Ports call for priority tests for workers

The British Ports Association has called for workers in the industry to be included in the priority Covid testing scheme announced at a Downing Street briefing on 4 January. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said that the government has identified 100,000 critical workers who will be able to take daily lateral ... [+]

Ports’ border plans underfunded, says BPA

Timescales have become extremely challenging in the Government’s Port Infrastructure Fund allocations, warns the British Ports Association, adding that more funding is be needed to ensure adequate border infrastructure is ready in time. With many bids underfunded due to a high demand, some ports now face a choice of whether to ... [+]

Photographers invited to go coastal

Photographers throughout the country are invited to capture the beauty of the British Coastline in a competition organised by the British Ports Association.The competition is open to anyone, including members of the public and workers anywhere coastal in the UK, including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man and ... [+]

Port workers are key workers too, says BPA chief

Port people are the UK’s hidden key workers and had played a vital role in keeping the country going during the covid crisis, British Ports Association chairman Martin Lawlor told the organisation’s annual general meeting, held by video link on 12 August. He praised the sector’s resilience and critical role it ... [+]

Port links under the microscope

The British Ports Association is hosting a Port Connectivity Summit this spring to focus attention on the how investment hinterland links can be prioritised. There will be speakers from across the port and shipping sectors and government. [+]

Ports chief stands down

Port of Milford Haven chief executive Alec Don is leaving from his position and will also stand down as the British Ports Association chairman after eight years. and on good terms. BPA current deputy chairman and chief executive of the Port of Blyth Martin Lawlor, , will assume the chairmanship on ... [+]

Fox unveils export boosting plan

International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox launched new Export Strategy aimed at increasing UK exports as a proportion of GDP to 35% on 21 August, including smarter and more tailored support to UK companies. It will encourage and inspire more businesses to export, as well as providing information, advice and practical ... [+]

Consider coastal shipping, urges ports group

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 ... [+]

Businesses unprepared for Brexit, says ports chief

The British Ports Association has written to the Prime Minister calling for funding guarantees for any new border facilities and digital infrastructure, which may be needed after the UK leaves the European Union. Ports with EU traffic will need to provide new facilities and digital infrastructure for government officials to ... [+]

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