5. Hinterland connectivity – The value of the UK’s ports to the economy is already considerable- £9.7bn in 2017 – but this value and maximizing the growth ambitions of the UK’s portoperators is largely dependent to how well ports are connected to the major inland economic and population centres2.
Each of these characteristics are built on the essential foundations of safe and sustainable operation.
Port owners and operators relish the responsibility to deliver a number of these factors themselves. But many can only be fully delivered through partnership with others – customers, supply chain partners and, crucially, Governments at all levels.
Tim Morris, CEO of the UK Major Ports Group, said: “As an island nation with 95% of the UK trade arriving or departing by sea, we have always relied on our ports. Brexit and uncertain times make Strong Ports more vital than ever for the U.K.
The research being shared at UKMPG’s LondonInternational Shipping Week roundtable highlights the five key characteristic of Strong Ports for long term success. Delivering Strong Ports requires action from both ports & the Government. The ports are ready to play their part. We look forward to working with Government to do more, boosting theUK’s capability to trade and jobs and prosperity in the UK’s coastal communities”
Source: UKMPG Press release