Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Next steps for UK ports: infrastructure, digitalisation and free ports

TO BE PUBLISHED April 2020


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


It will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to examine issues emerging from the Government’s recently launched Freeports Consultation as it aims to create up to 10 new freeports across the UK, set to being operating in 2021.


The agenda also looks at wider policy priorities affecting ports and for ensuring competitive international trading in the future.


Delegates will discuss next steps for port infrastructure and future-proofing, and the role of ports in industrial decarbonisation in the context of the Government’s net-zero targets and its recently published 2020-2025 Mode Shift Revenue Support grant scheme, which emphasises the role of ports in encouraging of shift in transport from roads to rail and water.   


Speakers


There will be keynote contributions 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, decarbonisation and supporting modal shift;
  • Moving towards free ports - future international trade, customs and competitiveness:
    • Fostering future international partnerships and building relations;
    • 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 and next steps for UK ports policy; and
  • 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; DfT; DIT; HM Treasury; Home Office; Cities & Local Growth Unit; Defra; Food Standards Agency; Food Standards Agency Wales; House of Commons; HSE; MHCLG; National Audit Office; Office for Product Safety and Standards; The Scottish Government, and the Welsh Government.



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