Ports group welcomes Seafarers Wages bill

The UK Major Ports Groups says the government has addressed some of its concerns in its Seafarers' Wages Bill. The Bill is aimed at ensuring seafarers spending substantial time in UK waters are paid an equivalent to the National Minimum Wage and is part of the Department of Transport's nine point plan to address the issues arising from the P&O Ferries mass sacking. UKMPG chief executive, Tim Morris, said: " pleased ... [+]

Crisis puts logistics workers in the forefront

The Covid pandemic, Brexit and supply chain disruptions have boosted public appreciation of logistics workers according to a survey the UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG), published on 26 January. It found that over two thirds of the public believe that transport and delivery workers should be more appreciated and nearly ... [+]

Ports group recruits senior policy lead

UK Major Ports group has appointed Alex Pepper to the new role of senior policy lead focused on environment, social and governance. She joins UKMPG from Peel Ports, where her most recent role was as group head of energy and environment and prior to that worked at Associated British Ports. [+]

Ports ‘frustrated’ over Border Control Post chaos

The development of the systems and infrastructure to handle new post-Brexit border requirements has been deeply frustrating, said the UK Major Ports Group, following publication of the National Audit Office’s report on the UK border in the transition period.It said that deadlines have been shifted, despite contractual commitments placed on ... [+]

Ports call for green investment fund

With the COP 26 global environment conference underway in Glasgow, the UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG) called on the Government to establish a dedicated ‘Green Ports Fund’ on 2 November.  The fund would co-invest alongside industry in green assets and infrastructure which are technologically proven but currently unaffordable, delivering major emissions ... [+]

We’re being squeezed, say UK ports

Ports are “the jam in the sandwich” between surging, volatile shipping and UK supply chains badly impacted by factors such as HGV driver shortages said UK Major Ports Group chief executive Tim Morris, in response to media reports of congestion. He said that the country’s ports have remained open and resilient ... [+]

Port absentees rocket as NHS app tells workers to stay home

Chief Executive of the UK Major Ports Group, Tim Morris says that operators have seen rocketing numbers of staff having to isolate after being contacted by the NHS Covid app, similar to the rest of industry. He added: “Most of these workers have received one vaccination already with many already double ... [+]

UKMPG members take freeports pledge

Members of the UK Major Ports group have made an “unequivocal commitment” to high standards of sustainability and security in UK freeports. ahead of the deadline for the submission of bids to the Government on 5 February. They pledge to uphold standards in the environmental, social and economic  spheres and to ... [+]

We’re on top of things, say ports

The UK Major Ports Group said that its members were currently coping with the surge in containers although they were very busy. Some ports were seeing 20% more activity than they did last November but were redeploying resources and utilising extra capacity. Its comments come after reports of serious congestion at ... [+]

Freeport bids will be challenging say operators

Ports bidding for Freeport status will face a real challenge in submitting the detailed proposals that the Government is asking for, says the UK Major Ports Association as the process got under way on 16 November. Chief executive Tim Morris said that this was a particularly difficult for operators who ... [+]

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