Portsmouth’s Mike Sellers takes on BPA role

Portsmouth International Port’s Mike Sellers, has taken over as Chair of the British Ports Association. Mr Sellers, who is port director at the Hampshire ro ro and general cargo gateway was elected as Deputy Chair of the Association in 2022 and replaces Neil Glendinning of Harwich, who has retired. Mike Sellers has over 30 years experiencer in the ports industry, including the last six years in charge at Portsmouth International ... [+]

Port investment back to pre-Pandemic levels, says BPA

UK investment has topped pre-Pandemic levels at over £1 billion with many cargo sectors returning to growth, says the British Ports Association.Continued depressed demand for fuel is masking a strong recovery across multiple cargo segments, it says, swelled by several big projects such as the £300m fourth berth at DP ... [+]

Ports call for action on truck drivers

The British Ports Association has called on the Government to act on demands from the haulage industry, saying that the shortage of truck drivers was leading to increased wait times. Chief executive Richard Ballantyne said:  “The shortages push up costs and puts suppliers under more pressure. As many have warned, Covid ... [+]

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 ... [+]

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 ... [+]

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