Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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


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

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


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

Delegate Pack

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


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates