Updated: Minister frees up Dover funding

Shipping and Ports Minister Stephen Hammond has set out a plan for the future of the Port of Dover, including new fund-raising powers. He said that discussions facilitated by the minister over how the port should best be run have resulted in a major step forward, and set out a plan that would enable the community and port to work together effectively, providing a catalyst for regeneration or the port ... [+]

Minister promises cash for storm-hit ports

Transport Minster Stephen Hammond announced a £2 million fund to help smaller ports recover from the winter storms, at a British Ports Association lunch on 3 April. The BPA will be contacting all eligible ports with details and application forms shortly, he said. These will then be assessed by an ... [+]

Minister to address rail freight conference

Transport minister Stephen Hammond will give the opening address at the 22nd Annual Rail Freight Group Conference on 4 June at Dentons law firm in St Pauls, London. This year's event will explore themes including, among others, what the HS2 high-speed rail line means for the rail freight industry, the ... [+]

Minister takes North-East tour

Shipping minister Stephen Hammond was treated to a tour of North-East ports in early July. He visited the Port of Tyne on 1 July to see first-hand the progress made and new developments taking shape. Cargo volumes have more than doubled since 2009 to 6.5m tonnes, the highest for 25 ... [+]

Hammond welcomes improved Dover relations

Transport Secretary, Stephen Hammond said he welcomed the Port of Dover's improving relationships with its main users as he met for the harbour Board;s annual consultative meeting on 20 May. He added: “Building on this, maintaining success in the future will require all interested parties to work together, focusing on ... [+]

Minister marks start of Tilbury distribution centre

  Minister for Transport Stephen Hammond cut the first sod to mark the construction phase of the Port of Tilbury’s 70-acre London Distribution Park on 21 May. London Distribution Park (LDP), a joint venture between Tilbury owners, Forth Ports and Roxhill Developments, received outline planning permission in 2012 and will bring more ... [+]

London Gateway’s new gear impresses minister

Transport Minister Stephen Hammond got a chance to see the fully automated stacking cranes (ASCs) currently being installed at the UK’s new national hub port, London Gateway, on 11 February. Port owner DP World says that the state-of-the-art equipment will increase reliability and ensure smoother, more efficient operations 24 hours ... [+]

Minister visits Felixstowe

New shipping minister Stephen Hammond made his first visit to the Port of Felixstowe on 17 October. Whilst at the port, Mr Hammond also viewed  Evergreen’s 8,452teu Ever Leading which was on her maiden voyage to the UK. [+]

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