MARITIME 2050: MAJOR PORTS WELCOME RECOMMENDATIONS TO BOOST PORTS DEVELOPMENT & THE COASTAL POWERHOUSE
Looking forward UKMPG particularly welcomes recommendations that improve conditions for trade and job boosting investment, as well as driving innovation and connectivity such as:
Establishing Port Economic Partnerships; Reviewing the Ports National Policy Statement and considering publishing a policy statement indicating a presumption of support for port-centric developments; A long-term commitment that all commercially available land around UK ports will be in use or have a clear plan for future use; Considering the potential for key freight routes to boost trade connectivity; and Proposals to support the digitisation of ports and a maritime innovation hub at a UK port.
With Brexit just around the corner, moves to improve how the UK develops its ports – it’s keygateways for trade with the world, handling 95% of physical trade – and surrounding connectivity and infrastructure are extremely timely. A number of recommendations offer the potential tounlock the potential of the UK’s Coastal Powerhouse by boosting the potential for investment in andconnectivity of often hard-pressed coastal communities.
Tim Morris, of the UK Major Ports Group, said: “Its welcome to see the Government acknowledgingthe value and success of the UK’s ports, ports which handle 95% of all the UK’s trade in goods.Setting out a long-term vision for the UK’s maritime sectors is a positive step forward. The recommendations around further boosting the potential for ports to add to the £600 million they already invest each year, growing the UK’s ability to trade with the world and – crucially – boosting jobs and prosperity growth in our Coastal communities are particularly welcome and potentially transformative. We look forward to working with the Government in the all-importantimplementation phase to realise this potential.”
The UK Major Ports Group is the trade association representing most of the larger commercial ports in the United Kingdom. It has nine members, who own and operate over 40 ports, accounting for 75% of the total tonnage handled in UK ports.
For further information contact:
Tim Morris, Chief Executive, UK Major Ports Group
Tel: 07387 091 407
THE UK MAJOR PORTS GROUP
Associated British Ports | Belfast Harbour Commissioners | The Bristol Port Company | DP World UK Forth Ports | Hutchison Ports UK | PD Teesport | Peel Ports | Port of London Authority
About the UK Major Ports Group
The UK Major Ports Group Ltd (“UKMPG”) is the trade association representing most of the largecommercial ports in the United Kingdom. It has nine members who, between them, own and operate over 40 ports, accounting for 75% of the UK’s seaborne trade. UKMPG members annuallyinvest around £550 million in the UK, likely to be 90% of all investment in the UK ports sector. The members of UKMPG and their facilities make a highly significant contribution to the UK in several ways:
Current UKMPG members are Associated British Ports, Belfast Harbour Commissioners, The Bristol Port Company, DP World London Gateway, Forth Ports, Hutchison Ports UK, PD Ports, Peel Ports and the Port of London Authority.
More information through this link to UKMPG