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 Tyne lights up Christmas Jumper Day

Employees at the Port of Tyne have been pulling on their favourite festive knits, wacky woollies and sparkly sweaters all in aid of Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day charity appeal.

On Friday 15 December employees dressed down for £1 with all the proceeds going to Save the Children.

Port Security Officer at the Port of Tyne International Passenger Terminal, Dayang Darnell literally lit up the day with her Christmas jumper - covered in hundreds of lights and jingle bells, it had taken Dayang two months to make. 

Two new trainee Pilots for the Port of Cromarty Firth

Port of Cromarty Firth has recruited two new Marine Officers (Pilots) to help manoeuver ships in the Highlands largest port. 

Ben Thompson is the Port’s newest marine officer; he started as a trainee marine pilot in late November.  With 2017 being the busiest year for cruise ships and with an anticipated increase in the size of the ships visiting the Firth next year, the support of Marine Officers is needed more than ever.

Port Host Prestigious Institution of Civil Engineers

48 members of the Institution of Civil Engineers were treated to a fascinating and in-depth explanation of the Adur Tide Walls flood protection scheme at a meeting held at Shoreham Port. 

The £40 million pound scheme, currently about half-way through a two-year build programme, is designed to give greatly enhanced protection to hundreds of houses and businesses on either side of the lower reaches of the River Adur as it runs through Shoreham Town and Shoreham Beach in West Sussex before spilling into the sea between the Port’s harbour arms. 

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.