• 2019 October 18 12:01

    British Ports Association publishes new assessment of business environment ahead of annual conference in Belfast

    The British Ports Association has published a new assessment of the maritime regulatory environment ahead of the industry’s annual gathering in Belfast this week.

    Approximately one in four pieces of regulation or legislation that affects ports needs an overhaul, including the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 which brought in marine plans across the UK a decade ago. Also targeted for review are legislation governing issues such as alcohol limits for non-professional mariners, parts of the Town & Country Planning Act and the systems used to communicate international regulations that cover maritime pilot boarding and the regulation of heaving lines. The ports industry also continues to call for the removal of the Port Services Regulation at the earliest opportunity.

    The British Ports Association is the voice of the UK ports industry. Its annual conference is being hosted by Belfast Harbour for the first time this week, where senior executives from across the industry will be meeting to discuss economic and political developments and key industry concerns and challenges such as safety and emissions. The industry is gathering at a critical time ahead of potential major changes for ports and the broader maritime sector.

    More than 300 attendees are expected to take part in the conference which is being held from 15-18 October. Speakers at the conference, which is sponsored by GRAHAM, McLaughlin & Harvey, and Rubb Buildings Ltd, include, among many others, Shanker Singham, Chairman of the Technical Panel of the Prosperity UK Alternative Arrangements Commission, Brian Johnson, Chief Executive of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, and Pat Cox, former President and Member of the European Parliament.

    Ahead of the conference, BPA Chairman and Port of Blyth Chief Executive, Martin Lawlor said:

    “The ports industry is critical to both the UK and regional and local economies - handling the overwhelming majority or trade but also supporting a whole range of other activity from leisure and tourism to offshore energy.

    We gather this week in the face of big challenges: Brexit and growing worldwide protectionism, worsening economic signals, ensuring the safety of our staff and seafarers and the environment as well as driving down emissions and protecting and improving the environment. Yet in research published recently by the BPA, UK ports are confident about the year ahead and most are planning to hire new people and invest in their businesses.

    To continue to thrive, we rely on Government to provide world-class connectivity, a skilled workforce, and a business environment that supports competition and investment. That’s why we are publishing a series of assessments of the regulatory environment to highlight to Government where best to focus their attention in order to support the industry in future.”




2020 July 7

18:06 ZIM unveils new digital services
17:49 Great Arctic Regatta started in Saint Petersburg
17:27 Crude exports via Kozmino in HI’2020 grew by 5% YoY
17:02 Deepsea Atlantic drilling rig returning to Johan Sverdrup
16:35 Optimarin successfully completes IMO G8 and USCG test programme
16:12 Alfa Laval takes its service offer to the next level through remote service guidance
15:56 New ferry line Baltic Link launched at the port of Riga
15:28 RF Government allocates RUB 320 million to subsidize shipping companies
15:02 ABP delivers project cargo using North Lincolnshire’s waterways
14:32 Air Liquide and the Port of Rotterdam Authority launch initiative for hydrogen road transport
14:02 Konecranes to deliver mobile harbor crane to new terminal in Trieste
13:46 Bunker prices rise at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:32 KNOT concludes long-term charter contract with PetroChina for shuttle tanker
13:11 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to West Africa
12:49 Throughput of Vostochny Port in HI’2020 grew by 6% YoY
12:30 GTT Training and Wavelink Maritime Institute in collaboration to deliver LNG training in Singapore
12:23 Tom Hautekiet becomes new CEO Port of Zeebrugge
12:01 IMO endorses guidance on ensuring seafarers’ access to medical care onshore
11:58 NRP facilitates long-term financing for a newbuilt arctic container vessel
11:00 The CMA CGM Group simplifies its trade network on the Transpacific trade
10:52 First jacket successfully installed at Moray East, Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm
10:52 Aker Arctic joins ePIcenter project
10:14 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 07
10:08 Zvezda shipyard starts steel cutting for nuclear-powered icebreaker Rossiya, Project 10510
09:31 Oil prices are decreasing
09:13 Baltic Dry Index as of July 6
08:40 Klaveness Combination Carriers secures the first sustainability linked bank financing in Norwegian shipping

2020 July 6

19:07 Equinor awarded framework contract for engineering and installation services on Statfjord
18:27 CMA CGM to launch Round the Africa service
18:07 APM Terminals Buenos Aires facilitates first ever export of lemons from Argentina to China
17:31 Northern Sea Route cargo traffic in 6M’2020 reached 14.8 million tonnes
17:30 Kloosterboer starts construction of Cool Port II at City Terminal Rotterdam
17:06 ArcelorMittal issues invitation to tender for heat network in North Sea Port
16:45 Damen delivers five zero emissions propulsion ferries to Arriva in Copenhagen
16:12 Kvaerner improves financial results and outlook
15:32 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO fell to RUB 9,623 in RF spot market
15:08 EMSA’s RPAS to support Finnish, Estonian and Swedish Coast Guard functions
14:05 Zvezda Shipyard lays down fifth Aframax tanker, Nursultan Nazarbayev
13:33 Throughput of Port Vysotsky in 6M’2020 fell by 16.5% YoY
13:10 CMA CGM announces PSS from the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East Gulf, Red Sea & Egypt Red Sea ports to the US Gulf, US East Coast & Canada East Coast
12:00 Sembcorp Marine President & CEO appointed Co-chair of International Advisory Panel on Maritime Decarbonisation
11:01 A.P. Moller - Maersk to acquire European specialist KGH Customs Services
11:00 The car carrier Höegh Xiamen declared a constructive total loss after fire
10:31 IMO is holding an informal (virtual) preliminary discussion session on short-term measures for reducing GHG emissions from ships
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10:00 GTT receives an order from Zvezda for the tank design of five ARC7 ice-breaking LNG carriers
09:56 Republic of Korea implements national sulphur emission control area
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09:29 AS Tallink Grupp published its statistics for June 2020 and 2Q of 2020 financial year
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2020 July 5

15:02 FURUNO acquire EMRI A/S, Danish based provider of advanced ships Maneuvering and Steering Systems
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13:42 Ingalls Shipbuilding awarded $936 million contract to build navy destroyer
12:18 Huisman to deliver offshore mast crane for wind turbine installation in Taiwan
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2020 July 4

15:01 APL announces storage arrangements for China reefer imports
14:39 MAN to supply compression technology for offshore gas production
13:28 Naval Group selected iXblue to supply navigation systems for Gowind-class vessels
12:33 USCG halts illegal charter, rescues 2 on disabled jet ski near Venetian Causeway Bridge
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