Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

The future for UK ports: infrastructure, digitalisation and free ports

Morning, Tuesday, 31st March 2020

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED


This conference discusses the future for UK ports - focusing on international trade, technology and infrastructure.


It takes place in the context of:

  • commitment in the Queen’s Speech to launching up to 10 new free ports and the announcement of a Freeports Advisory Panel to advise on their development and operation, and
  • the Maritime 2050 Strategy, which sets out the government vision for the future of the British maritime sector.

There will be keynote addresses from:

  • Roger Hargreaves, Director, Maritime, Department for Transport;
  • Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive, British Ports Association;
  • Simon Emery, Senior Economic Development & Spatial Planning Manager, Highways England; and
  • Dafydd Williams, Regional Head of Communications, Associated British Ports.

Further speakers include: Lucy Armstrong, Port of Tyne and The Alchemists; Justin Atkin, Port of Antwerp; Elizabeth Dunn, Burges Salmon; Lucy Hudson, Transport for the North; Tim Morris, UK Major Ports Group; Peter Neville-Jones, AECOM; Sue Terpilowski, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK and Robert Wall, Hermes Infrastructure.


The chair for part of the seminar is Martin Vickers MP.


The agenda

  • The outlook of the ports sector;
  • Next steps for infrastructure and developing smart ports: interoperability, future proofing and decarbonisation;
  • Moving towards free ports - international trade post-Brexit, customs and competitiveness:
    • Fostering international partnerships and building relations post-Brexit;
    • Assessing the impact of free ports;
    • ‘Delivering Strong Ports’; and
    • Maintaining safety, building capacity and priorities for dealing with high-risk and live animal imports.
  • Priorities for UK ports post-Brexit and next steps for UK ports policy.
  • Case studies:
    • Alternative revenue streams and opportunities for offshore collaboration; and
    • Improving transport connectivity and integrating with existing transport infrastructure.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; Border Force; Cabinet Office; Cities & Local Growth Unit; Defra; DfT; DIT; Food Standards Agency; Food Standards Agency Wales; HM Treasury; Home Office; HSE; MHCLG; National Audit Office; Office for Product Safety and Standards and the Welsh Government.



Keynote Speaker

Richard Ballantyne

Chief Executive, British Ports Association

Keynote Speakers

Roger Hargreaves

Director, Maritime, Department for Transport

Dafydd Williams

Regional Head of Communications, Associated British Ports

Richard Ballantyne

Chief Executive, British Ports Association

Simon Emery

Senior Economic Development & Spatial Planning Manager, Highways England

Chair

Martin Vickers MP

Speakers

Lucy Hudson

Lead Officer Freight and Logistics, Transport for the North

Lucy Armstrong

Chair, Port of Tyne and Chief Executive Officer, The Alchemists

Justin Atkin

Port Representative, UK & Ireland, Port of Antwerp

Elizabeth Dunn

Partner, Burges Salmon

Sue Terpilowski

Chair, Public Affairs and Policy, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK

Tim Morris

Chief Executive, UK Major Ports Group

Peter Neville-Jones

Technical Director, Maritime and Ports, AECOM

Robert Wall

Partner, Infrastructure, Hermes Investment Management