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Most ports remain confident, despite problems

Despite the recent, well-publicised problems, most ports are at least “tentatively confident” about their business outlook in the coming 12 months, according to a survey by the British Ports Association (BPA). However, a quarter “do not feel confident at all”, it adds. Nearly half (47.3% ) of ports surveyed said that their performances had improved since this time last year, although 31.6% reported that their revenues has fallen. However compared to pre-pandemic activity, ... [+]

Ports busy but coping says BPA

Most UK ports are busy but operating normally, says the British Ports Association in response to media reports of serious congestion at Felixstowe and that Maersk had dropped some mainline vessel calls there. It said that while some are extremely busy, “the overwhelming majority of UK ports are currently operating ... [+]

Scottish twin-track freeports approach alarms BPA

The British Ports Association says it is alarmed by the continuing failure of the UK and Scottish governments to agree a unified approach to the establishment of freeports, or 'greenports' as they are branded by the Scottish Government after the Scottish and UK Governments said they intended to proceed with ... [+]

Port freight shows Brexit effect

Freight through UK ports fell by 9% to 103.9 million tonnes in the first three months of 2021 compared with January to March 2020, according to the Department for Transport’s latest figures. Inward freight fell by 17%, compared to an 8% fall in export traffic. Total unitised traffic fell by ... [+]

Ports conference postponed

The British Ports Association (BPA) is to postpone its annual conference, due to take place in Aberdeen this October, to 5-6 October 2022. It said that a recent survey concluded that the majority of members were uncertain whether they would be able to attend an in-person event this October and that any ... [+]

Tips to get top ports talent

The British Ports Association has published a paper on how to hire senior executives to mark International Recruiters Day. In an increasingly competitive environment, the paper suggests that ports can use behavioural science techniques to help select the best talent. The paper discusses the challenges involved, whether the recruitment process should ... [+]

BPA appoints green go-between

The British Ports Association has appointed Rhona Macdonald as sustainability advisor. She will act as a focal point on policy issues for UK ports, collecting and disseminating good practice and supporting industry collaboration in climate change, the environment and sustainable development. Rhona will also be working for the International Association of ... [+]

Ports urged to plan for climate change

Ports are being urged to plan and implement measures to adapt to climate change in a paper published by the British Ports Association and engineering consultancy HR Wallingford. Infrastructure such as quays and breakwaters could be vulnerable to a rise in sea level and, as they are often key to ... [+]

Time running out for Scots and Welsh freeports, warns BPA

The British Ports Association has called for a four-nation approach to freeports ahead of the Welsh and Scottish elections on 6 May, warning that time is running out to agree criteria. It says that it is important to ensure ports in the devolved administrations are not disadvantaged by delays to ... [+]

Sunset over Liverpool

The gamble of an against-the-sun shot paid off for casino manager and amateur photographer Stephen Carrigan to win the British Ports Association’s inaugural photo competition with this stunning photo of a cargo ship on the Mersey. His portrait shows the 868teu Katherine Borchard off Crosby beach at the mouth of the ... [+]

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