Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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

Morning, Tuesday, 31st March 2020

Central London

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This seminar will discuss the future for UK ports - focusing on infrastructure, integration and the impact of moves towards the introduction of free ports.


It follows the recent government announcement of a Freeports Advisory Panel - aimed at advising government on the development and operation of free ports in the UK - and the Maritime 2050 Strategy, which set out the Government’s vision for the future of the British maritime sector.


Delegates will discuss key issues for policy, technology and infrastructure.


Infrastructure and digitalisation


Areas for discussion:


  • Priorities for integrating with existing transport infrastructure:
    • raising the profile of ports during the planning process of wider transport infrastructure; and
    • meeting the needs of industry and local communities.
  • Technology and innovation:
    • its role reducing congestion and emissions; and
    • maximising its potential benefits - what more can be done to facilitate closer collaboration across the supply chain.
  • Smart ports and improved digitalisation:
    • how best to utilise the growing availability of data and data-sharing platforms: and
    • driving the adoption of new technologies that improve efficiency.

The context:


  • The Maritime 2050 Strategy - with core strategic ambitions for the sector and priorities for the development of smart ports and improvements in digitalisation;
  • The Clean Maritime Plan - the environment route map of Maritime 2050 - which sets out targets to move towards zero emission shipping;
  • The National Infrastructure Commission’s Better Delivery: the challenge for freight report - which set out priorities for moving towards a low carbon freight system;
  • The Government’s review on the Transport connectivity to ports, which found that better connections to English ports would have a positive impact on the economy; and
  • The changes to the Mode Shift Revenue Support (MSRS) Scheme ending in March 2020, which aims to encourage modal shift of freight from road to rail and water.

Free ports and international trade


Areas for discussion:


  • Practical implications of moves towards free ports - including the potential impact on customs and Port Health Authorities, as well as ports themselves together with their partners and suppliers;
  • International trade, and growth and investment across the UK - the potential challenges and opportunities associated with free ports; and
  • Free ports in practice - including what can be learnt from free ports in operation elsewhere in the world.

The context:


The Freeports Advisory Panel - created with the stated aim of creating up to ten free ports Post Brexit - following its first meeting.



Keynote Speaker

Richard Ballantyne

Chief Executive, British Ports Association

Keynote Speaker

Richard Ballantyne

Chief Executive, British Ports Association

Speakers

Lucy Armstrong

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

Robert Wall

Partner, Infrastructure, Hermes Investment Management