Port Futures

Port Futures: Thought Leadership in the Ports Sector

The BPA Port Futures programme is a thought leadership platform for our members and wider industry. We are keen to work with companies and specialists working at the cutting edge in their area of maritime expertise to challenge, provoke and inform.

This might take the form of articles or short reports to infographics or videos to examine emerging trends and innovative new ideas in the ports and shipping industries which will lead to short and longer term changes in the ports industry. We work with members in jointly publishing work and promoting it both with our members but also in the media.

Typcially we invite our Assoicate Members, who are usually organisations in the wider ports and maritime industries, to particpate - more details about memebrship are here: www.britishports.org.uk/join  

We are excited to be working on a number of current pieces of work over the summer. This rolling programme of activity will address key issues for ports over the short, medium and long term future, including technology, infrastructure and skills, as well as potential opportunities for and challenges to British ports that these issues present

If you are interested or have any sugguestions please contact Mark Simmonds at the BPA at: mark.simmonds@britishports.org.uk

Climate change and ports: Impacts and adaptation strategies

The British Ports Association and water-focused engineering and research consultancy HR Wallingford have published a paper examining the potentially far-reaching impacts of climate change on ports and how the sector can adapt.

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Aerial Drones and Ports, Managing the Risks and Opportunities

Following recent enquiries about drone (unmanned aircraft system) activity in ports, the British Ports Association (BPA) has collated the various resources that have been submitted by our members. We have also conducted our own research, which included speaking with a number of industry experts.

One of the initial enquiries the BPA received came from a port agent who wanted to explore whether they could use a drone to deliver a small parcel to a vessel. In the future, it is thought vessel operators, agents and suppliers may wish to deliver light-weight parcels such as documents, memory sticks and testing samples to and from vessels, rigs and other structures. Looking ahead, when drones are fully commercialised and relevant parties are able to meet the various legal and regulatory  framework that are in place, this may be an attractive alternative to using launches and helicopters to deliver supplies to vessels. Drones are now being used for surveillance, surveying and asset/infrastructure management, particularly in the energy and nuclear sector, and now increasingly within the maritime sector.

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Finding Alternative Routes for Contaminated Sediments

The BPA and Augean present this paper examining alternative routes for contaminated sediments. Industry expects that these levels will become stricter as political and social attitudes to environmental risk change over time, making traditional routes to disposing of sediments more difficult. Dredging is a major part of most ports’ conservancy efforts and is critical to ensuring safe navigation for vessels. The ports industry is highly competitive and changes to regulation are a key factor in infrastructure costs. As Government is reviewing this regulation, generally with a view to tightening it and adding costs, the BPA is committed to exploring interesting and innovative alternatives.

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Port Cybersecurity White Paper

The BPA has teamed up with associate member Astaara to produce a short paper on port cyber security. This highlights some of the issues that ports need to consider and also signposts current Government regulation and guidance. It covers some key areas that ports might need to take action including staff training and awareness and supplier risk.

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British Ports Association and Port of Rotterdam launch smart ports paper

We produced a joint smart ports White Paper with the Port of Rotterdam examining port digitalisation.

Click here to view the Move Forward: Step By Step Towards A Digital Port report.

UK Ports and Coronavirus - Employment Considerations

During this rather unusual and challenging time, UK ports are under incredible pressures both to ensure critical business operations continue and to support and maintain their workforces in doing so. The British Ports Association has asked associate
solicitor Mark Cranshaw, of Hill Dickinson LLP’s employment team, about the employment implications for UK ports as the shipping industry addresses the global coronavirus pandemic.

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Port Masterplanning Planning for the Future

This White Paper is part of Port Futures, a thought leadership platform for British Ports Association (BPA) members and the wider industry. The programme addresses key issues for ports, including technology, infrastructure and skills, as well as opportunities for and challenges to British ports that these issues present.

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The Potential Impact of Autonomous and Ultra-Low Emission HGVs on the British RORO Port Market

This white paper has been published in collaboration with the specialist freight transport consultancy MDS Transmodal. The study examines how freight traffic between the British Isles and the Continent could change in the longer term after Brexit.

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Wuhan Coronavirus: its potential implications on the UK ports sector

As the implications of the Wuhan Coronavirus become clear, ports and maritime law firm Hill Dickinson, an Associate Member of the British Ports Association (BPA), has published a short paper on the virus and its potential implications on the UK ports sector as part of the BPA’s Port Futures Programme. The Programme is a series of papers considering emerging and innovative trends in the port sector. This article is part of a forthcoming wider piece of work from Hill Dickinson and the BPA examining the potential impacts of pandemics on ports.

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Setfords London Automation of ships in ports and harbours for the British Ports Association

The Port Futures Programme was launched by the British Ports Association in 2018 to examine global emerging trends in the ports and shipping industries.

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UK Port Infrastructure Project Pipeline

Moffatt & Nichol is a global infrastructure advisory firm, specialising in projects where land meets water. With two offices in the UK, Moffatt & Nichol were well placed to support BPA in providing a snapshot of the construction pipeline.

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