Govt help must be a shore thing, says ports group

'Shore-power' – powering vessels in port by green electricity in place of on-board diesel generators – is essential to reduce pollution but is held back in the UK by high taxes and a lack of Government support, says a new report by Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research for the British Ports Association. BPA says that governments in France, Germany, Norway, Denmark and Sweden are helping their ports deploy shore-power, ... [+]

BPA calls for port workers vaccine priority

The British Ports Association has called for the 115,000 workers in the sector  to be given priority during the rollout of the Coronavirus vaccine to protect vital supply chains. BPA says that maritime workers have ensured imports of foods, essential products, energy and fuel supplies continue to move into the country ... [+]

Ports look forward to a happier new year

The New Year could see a bounce back from the problems that affected the UK and global economy on 2020, says the British Ports Association (BPA) which is also calling for its workers to be prioritised for the Covid-19 vaccine. BPA sees the UK’s new trading relationship with the EU bedding ... [+]

BPA urges UK-wide approach to freeports

The British Ports Association (BPA) has today written to government ministers across the UK urging that Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish ports are not left behind. In the letter to Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, Scottish Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation Ivan McKee, Welsh Minister for Finance Rebecca Evans ... [+]

BPA urges rethink of red diesel plans

The British Ports Association says that planned changes to red 'diesel' tax rebates on the industry will add additional costs of 3.1% of turnover when they come into effect in 2022. It suggests that an average terminal will be hit with additional fuel costs of nearly £500,000 a year, with ... [+]

Pandemic hits port traffic for six

Department for Transport port freight statistics for the second quarter of 2020, released on 9 September, show a dramatic fall in traffic, says the British Ports Association (BPA). In April to June 2020, total traffic decreased 18% to 96.1 million tonnes compared with the same three months in 2019, while unitised ... [+]

Ports report sets out blueprint for Covid recovery

The British Ports Association (BPA) has set out a framework for the future of the sector in an economic recovery plan published on 20 May. It highlights how investment in ports can play a part in the UK’s healing from the Covid crisis, deepest economic shock in living memory. It calls ... [+]

The unsung heroes of the supply chain

Chief executive of the British Ports Association, Richard Ballantyne has described ports and their workers, who are keeping imports of foods, essential products, energy and fuel coming into the country during the coronavirus situation as “unsung heroes”. He said: “The key workers across the UK include those in the ports, shipping ... [+]

BPA launches Covid-19 information hub

The British Ports Association (BPA) has launched a new information resource for UK ports dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. Given the volume of information and guidance being issued on daily from government and numerous agencies, the BPA is now signposting all of this content in one place in a clear ... [+]

Port workers need testing too, says BPA

The British Ports Association is calling on Government to broaden the scope of testing to include port workers. It says that while the industry is cooperating very closely with the Department for Transport and other agencies and supports the need to prioritise clinical staff and frontline emergency workers, as soon as ... [+]

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