Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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

TO BE PUBLISHED April 2020


With a new parliament beginning its work and development of policy on Brexit, this conference will discuss the future for UK ports - focusing on international trade, technology and infrastructure, and the impact of moves towards the introduction of free ports.


It takes place in the context of:


  • The government announcement of a Freeports Advisory Panel to advise on the development and operation of free ports in the UK, 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: Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive, British Ports Association; Roger Hargreaves, Director, Maritime, Department for Transport; and Simon Emery, Senior Economic Development & Spatial Planning Manager, Highways England.


Further speakers include: Lucy Armstrong, Port of Tyne and The Alchemists; Justin Atkin, Port of Antwerp; Elizabeth Dunn, Burges Salmon; 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 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.


Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


Shortly after every Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes

Presentations

Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval


Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda

Q&A

Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Articles

Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates