Officials in the Humber and the Danish port of Esbjerg have pledged to work closer together to banish the unwanted opportunity of Brexit widening the North Sea divide.
Port of Esbjerg. (Image: Christer Holte / Esjberg Port)
In a bid to ensure vital trade links – stretching from offshore wind to pigs – remain solid, an agreement has been signed by Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce and port officials in Denmark.
It will look to embrace the likes of Orsted, Siemens Gamesa, DFDS and Associated British Ports as regular meetings are formalised.
It comes as Esbjerg has already launched new border inspection posts, with the UK versions rolling out in the summer, having been granted a six month grace period.
Dennis Jul Pedersen, chief executive of Port of Esbjerg, said he had already been briefed by the British Embassy, and said there were some definite opportunities from the work.
“There is a way forward, we have similar collaboration with Eemshaven in Holland,” he said.
“When it comes to the green transition, if we collaborate and find synergies, it will come faster and at a lower cost.
“We will have our first experiences from Brexit for the first meeting, we have border inspection posts ready now, and there may be some experiences and learnings here we should share immediately.”
His chief commercial officer, Jesper Bank, and the Chamber’s international director Pauline Wade have worked together as part of Wind Europe, the continental trade association.
It led to a webinar on trade days after the new era began – leading to the Cross North Sea Round Table Dialogue Forum being drawn up. . . . . .
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