New chief for major ports group

The UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG) has appointed former UK Government special adviser Geraint Evans as its new chief executive. He will join the UKMPG in May from the global consulting firm, Stonehaven where he was a partner. Prior to Stonehaven, Evans served as a special adviser under three consecutive prime ministers – David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson. [+]

Ports must look to a post-oil future says UKMPG report

UK port freight volumes are forecast to bounce back from the Covid pandemic to 2026, according to a five-year outlook for the sector by independent maritime research consultancy Drewry for the UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG). At the same time, it says, decarbonisation of the UK economy has been accelerated and ... [+]

Ports could lose out to housing in future planning system, warns UKMPG

The Government is putting housing considerations above commercial ones such as ports in its latest planning proposals, says an industry group. The UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG) said, in a briefing paper on the Government’s proposed sweeping changes to the planning system in England, published in partnership with planning specialists Adams ... [+]

Ports urge rethink on Freeport plans – updated

The cap of 10 on the total number of freeports allowed after Brext risks limiting the benefits, warns the UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG) in its response to the Government’s consultation. It said that it would be far better if the Government “was guided by the number of compelling proposals ... [+]

Open data project to address coastal challenges

The UK Major Ports Group is launching an open data project to gather, organise and present data on the UK’s coastal communities. The goal is to provide a large-scale resource of data, interactive and open to all, to inform and improve policy making and revitalise the UK’s ‘Coastal Powerhouse’. Working with ... [+]

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