Port News

The BPA has developed this new Ports News section on our website to list news and media updates from our port members.

Stories from ports around the UK can be found below and we are also keen for members to send their press releases and media announcements to news@britishports.org.uk to be included.

Port of Cromarty Firth is the first port in Scotland to be granted new decommissioning permit

The Port of Cromarty Firth is the first port in Scotland to be granted a decommissioning Pollution Prevention Control Permit by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) under the latest environment legislation. This permit is part of the Port’s preparations to attract decommissioning projects and the associated jobs to the Highlands. 

Port of Blyth announce a move into the offshore decommissioning market

Port of Blyth has announced a move into the offshore decommissioning market following confirmation of the North East port’s successful application for a decommissioning licence from the UK Environment Agency.

Having worked closely with the Environment Agency for 12 months prior to the environmental permit being granted, the Port is now readying a site suitable for decommissioning at its busy Battleship Wharf terminal during 2018.

Quality standards pioneer from Portsmouth International Port takes top award

The man who led a quality standards revolution at Portsmouth International Port has been named Quality Professional of the Year at the 2017 CQI International Quality Awards.

John Feltham was judged to be the world’s most proficient practitioner of quality management. It follows the implementation of new ISO 9001:2015 standards at Portsmouth International Port, more than 20 months ahead of a deadline to do so. 

Lerwick Port Authority's recycled tyre solution on the right track

Lerwick Port Authority staff’s innovative approach recognised,

It wasn't quite a case of reinventing the wheel, but Lerwick Port Authority staff were definitely on the right road in sourcing fenders for a new pier - instead of importing an expensive system from the Far East, they devised an environmentally-friendly, cost-saving solution nearer to home, using recycled tyres.

Portsmouth's new towage service

Portsmouth International Port has launched a dedicated towage service for commercial ships with the appointment of the UK’s largest independent tugboat operator.

Starting from this month (November 2017), SMS Towage Ltd will have a fleet of two tugboats on standby at the port and available to ships sailing in. It marks further expansion for the company, which also services the Humber ports, Bristol Channel and Belfast Harbour. 

It is expected to create around 10 new jobs as SMS takes steps to appoint its Portsmouth crew.

Super Shipment for Port of Tyne

Docking at the Port of Tyne, the bulk cargo vessel St Dimitrios has sailed straight in to the record books for discharging the biggest cargo of wood-pellets ever handled at the Port.

In total 62,000 tonnes of wood-pellets will be unloaded over a five day operation – destined for Drax Power station in North Yorkshire.